Residency Director named Interim Chair of Family Medicine

Richard Friend, MD, director of The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency • Tuscaloosa and vice chair of the College’s Department of Family Medicine has been named interim chair of the department.

Friend will continue to serve as director of the residency, one of the oldest and largest in the country and part of the College. He replaces Chelley Alexander, MD, an associate professor who has served as chair of the department since 2006. Alexander recently accepted the position of chair of the Department of Family Medicine at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, N.C., and begins work there next month.

“I am looking forward to stretching my skills and talents to lead a bigger department, and continuing their legacy as a great place to train primary care physicians,” Alexander says. She added: “I have spent 20 wonderful years at CCHS, first as a medical student and then as a resident, affiliate faculty member, assistant residency director, residency director, assistant dean and chair. To my department, it has been an honor to serve as your chair over the last nine years. To all my colleagues, I think the College is well poised to continue its exceptional training of students and residents for the state of Alabama.”

Richard Streiffer, MD, dean of the College, thanked Alexander for her years of service. “Thank you for your dedication and hard work these many past years and we wish you all the best.”