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Eric L. Wallace, M.D.

Recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award

Published Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:00 am


Dr. Wallace is a native of Alabama. He received his BS in Spanish from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He graduated AOA from medical school at UAB in 2006. He completed his residency training at UAB as well after which he served as Chief Medical Resident.

He then pursued a nephrology fellowship at Vanderbilt University and served as Chief Nephrology fellow. There he was awarded the Hugh Jackson Morgan Award for best fellow in the Department of Medicine.  After his fellowship, Dr. Wallace joined the faculty at UAB where he has earned numerous accolades including the C. Glenn Cobbs Award two years in a row for being elected by his peers as one of the top 10 clinicians in the Department of Medicine. 

Currently, he is the Director of the UAB Home Dialysis Program and co-director of the UAB Fabry Disease Clinic. Since becoming faculty, his research has been focused on eliminating geographic and socioeconomic barriers which prevents patients from accessing specialized care.  Primarily, he has focused on telemedicine in the provision of care in home dialysis and rare diseases such as Fabry disease, a genetic disease. He has ongoing research and has published on the role of geography in  access to home dialysis, as well as research in providing home dialysis follow up remotely using telemedicine.

Already during this research, he has fully replaced a comprehensive follow up visit for peritoneal  dialysis patients using telemedicine, and is studying the effect of this intervention on quality of life.   Furthermore, he has published on racial disparities in home dialysis. Using the platform of telemedicine established for his studies on home dialysis, he is focused on creating a network and establishing    processes by which physicians at the University of Alabama at Birmingham could provide medical expertise across the state of Alabama using telemedicine thus increasing access to care to patients who due to geographic and/or financial constraints may not be able to travel to UAB.

Due to his research, he was named to the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Health Initiative that is focused on furthering the use of technologies such as telemedicine and tele monitoring to improve the care of patients on home dialysis. It is his hope that with these studies, the physician workforce distribution issues can be addressed and access to care across the country can be improved.

In January of 2018, Dr. Wallace was named the junior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Service for his work in expanding UAB’s telemedicine capabilities. He was nominated for this award by Dr. John R. Wheat.

Dr. Wallace will be honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon during Alumni Weekend on March 10, 2018 at the Birmingham Marriott 280. Lunch is $30. If you would like to attend, please register here. 

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