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Michael A. Callahan, MD, FACS

2015 Distinguished Service Award Michael A. Callahan, MD, FACS

Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Michael A. Callahan, M.D., FACS


A Birmingham native, Dr. Michael Callahan received his medical degree (1971) and completed his internship (1972) from the University Of Alabama Birmingham School Of Medicine.  He went on to complete his Ophthalmology residency in 1975 at University of California, San Francisco: a pediatric Ophthalmology fellowship from Indiana University School of Medicine and a Phacoemulsification of Cataracts and Intraocular Lens implant at Manhattan Eye Clinic. He has been in private practice in Birmingham Alabama since 1978, specializing in general Ophthalmology; concentrating on treatment of cataracts and eye disease, as well as Oculoplastic surgery.

Dr. Callahan is a Professor of Ophthalmology at UAB and the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, lecturing and assisting residents in surgery for over 30 years.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive surgery and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  He has served on the staff of the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, including past Medical Staff President, Board of Directors 1994-2003 and various hospital committees and programs.  From 2009 to 2011, he participated in the Admission Interview Committee (AIC) for UAB School of Medicine.  

Currently, Dr. Callahan serves as the President of the International Retinal Research Foundation that has contributed sixteen million dollars over the past 15 years for the advancement of research in macular degeneration and glaucoma.  He has also participated in research programs in conjunction with UAB Department of Ophthalmology in advanced study of macular degeneration and MOHS cancer surgery. 

Dr. Callahan was awarded the Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and in 1997 received the George C. Spence Humanitarian award for outstanding service to indigent patients.   He has received multiple American Medical Association Physician Recognition awards.  In addition, he has co-authored several teaching books and videos on Ophthalmic plastic surgery techniques, and many published articles on cataracts and reconstructive surgeries of the eye.

From 1983 to 1987, Dr. Callahan participated in Mission trips on the ORBIS plane performing surgery, teaching and lecturing in Morocco, Jamaica, Africa, Bangkok and India. This past February of 2015 marked Dr. Callahan’s thirteenth mission trip to Granada, Nicaragua.  He serves as Vice President of Nicaraguan Health.  This medical mission includes donation of time, medical supplies, clinical and surgical care of under privileged patients.

 Dr. Callahan is married to Teresa Callahan and he has five children. He was nominated by Dr. Pink Folmar.

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