F. Cleveland Kinney, PhD, MD, was born in Presque, Maine, April 12, 1945, graduated from Ramsay High School in 1963 and from Birmingham-Southern in 1967 with a B.A. in Art and Biology. He completed a year of graduate studies in anatomy at UAB before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1968, spending his entire four-year enlistment in Oslo, Norway at NATO Headquarters Allied Forces Northern Europe. He was honorably separated in 1972 and was the first US Navy enlisted man to receive the Joint Services Commendation Medal while stationed at NATO Headquarters, Oslo.
Dr. Kinney then resumed graduate studies at UAB in Anatomy. He earned his PhD in Anatomy with an emphasis in Neuroanatomy in 1976, and joined the Anatomy Department faculty. He served as course director of Dental Neuroanatomy from 1976 to 1981, and concomitantly as instructor in Medical Gross Anatomy.
Dr. Kinney entered the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1981 and received his MD degree in 1985. At UAB he completed an internship in Psychiatry, a residency in General Psychiatry, and a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. He joined the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology faculty in January 1990 and became professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology with tenure in 2003. He served as professor of Cell Biology and professor of Medicine from 2003 to 2010 when he was named Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology.
He served as director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, senior associate dean for clinical affairs, School of Medicine 2005-2007, and as interim chair of psychiatry from June 2001-2006. He was senior scientist in the Center for Aging, and associate scientist in The Alzheimer's Disease Center.
Recipient of multiple awards, Dr. Kinney received the Best Basic Sciences Instructor Award from the Senior Dental School Class in 1981; in 1997 and again in 2000 he received the Best Basic Science Professor Award from medical school classes. He was recognized by the medical student Argus Society on 10 occasions for teaching excellence. Winton M. and Carolyn Blount established the F. Cleveland Kinney Chair in Geriatric Psychiatry in his honor in September 2000. He was inducted Alpha Omega Alpha as an alumnus member in 2001.
In 1996, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) presented Dr. Kinney with the Sixth Annual Nancy C. A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate for Excellence in Medical Student Education. In 2000, he received the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Humanism in Medicine Award. The Association for Academic Psychiatry honored Dr. Kinney in 2000 with the Teacher of the Year Award for region seven, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill bestowed the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. In 2006, the APA Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning presented him with the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of Birmingham-Southern in 2009.
He was a member of the Jefferson County Board of Health from 2007 to 2012, and served as chairman in 2010. He served on the Board of the Jefferson County Medical Society from 2007-2016 and as Society President in 2015. Dr. Kinney was nominated for this award by Dr. Mike Callahan.