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UAB and Children’s Name Boppana as Hugh Dillon, M.D., Endowed Professor in Pediatric Infectious Diseases

BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases have announced Suresh B. Boppana, M.D., as the first Hugh Dillon, M.D., Endowed Professor in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The professorship was recently approved by Children’s of Alabama Board of Trustees.

Boppana is a professor in the UAB Department in Pediatrics.  He served as the director of the research faculty development in Pediatrics and director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program.

He earned his medical degree from Guntur Medical College in India and completed his residency at Andhra Medical College and the UMDNJ Rutgers Medical School. Following residency training, he completed his fellowship training at the University of California at San Francisco and UAB.

Boppana is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society. He has been an active member of the American Pediatrics Society, the American Society of Microbiology, and the Society for Pediatric Research.

His academic interests have centered on pathogenesis of maternal and congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections for the past 20 years, including the definition of the natural history and pathogenesis of congenital CMV and CMV-related hearing loss, understanding the CMV strain diversity and reinfections and the consequences of such reinfections in relation to the fetal outcome.

Hugh Dillon, M.D., was an instrumental figure in establishing the UAB Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in the late 1960s. Dillon served as Chairman of the Department until 1988 and was followed as chair by Sergio Stagno, M.D. He was a member of a myriad of organizations such as the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, the American Medical Association and President of the American Pediatric Society.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at