A senior leader in health care since 1975, Dr. Will Ferniany is chief executive officer of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System. UAB Health System is a $3.4 billion, six-hospital academic health system that includes a wholly-owned insurance plan. Prior to coming to UAB in 2008, he was associate vice chancellor and chief executive officer of University of Mississippi Health Care. Before that, he spent 14 years at the University of Pennsylvania where he held several senior leadership positions, including senior vice president of all physician services and chief administrative officer.

Dr. Ferniany holds a PhD in administration-health services and a master’s of science in health service administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Ferniany has been a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, an adjunct faculty member of the Wharton School and the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi as well as an instructor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. He currently teaches in the UAB Schools of Medicine and Health Professions.

Additionally, Dr. Ferniany has served on many national health administration boards, including the Alabama Hospital Association (as chairman), Association of American Medical Centers, University Health Consortium, Council of Teaching Hospitals (as past chair) and Vizient AMC Network Board of Managers.