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Campus Address HSB 175D Zip 6823
Phone  205-975-7840
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Medical School  University of South Alabama College of Medicine    1979  M.D. 

Neuropathology  2012 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Pathology   Neuropathology Assistant Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Rob Hackney has come to Academic Pathology somewhat late in life, completing a Neuropathology Fellowship at UAB after a 25 year career spent in the private practice of Surgical Pathology and Hematopathology in New Orleans and Birmingham. Dr. Hackney completed his M.D. degree at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile in 1979. This was followed by combined AP/CP training at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, and a Fellowship in Hematopathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. For the last 21 years of his career in private practice, Dr. Hackney practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham, serving as Chief of Pathology from 2002 until departing for UAB in 2010 for a two-year Neuropathology Fellowship. His research year was spent in the newly organized Division of Informatics within the Department of Pathology, developing modular, browser-based web apps for diagnostic image analysis in partnership with Division Director Jonas Almeida, PhD. Dr. Hackney is planning for at least a 10-year “second career” in academic medicine, splitting time between surgical neuropathology and applied research in informatics.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Association of Clinical Pathologists  Member 
American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP)  Member 
College of American Pathologists (CAP)  Fellow 
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology  Member 

Research/Clinical Interest
My research interests involve the development and deployment of modular web-based apps that perform image analysis tasks within the protected confines of the user’s web browser. The modules are written in JavaScript, the “assembly language of the web”, and are committed to one of the available public computer code repositories. The modular architecture promotes collaborative development of new modules that serve users’ specific needs, and the use of public code repositories means that the code is fully exposed to public scrutiny.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Hackney JR, Riley KO, Vaphiades MS, Bag AK, Palmer CA: Pituitary adenoma
complicated by multifocal fibrosclerosis involving sella and retroperitoneum. Clinical
Medicine and Diagnostics, 2011; 1(1): 17-20.

Hackney JR, Palmer CA, Riley KO, Cure JK, Fathallah-Shaykh HM, Nabors LB:
Primary central nervous system angiosarcoma: Diagnosis and treatment strategies: A case
series. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 2012; 6(251).

Hackney JR, Harrison, KD, Rozzell C, Kankirawatana P, Palmer CA: Chronic
granulomatous herpes encephalitis in a child with clinically intractable epilepsy. Case
Reports in Pediatrics, vol. 2012, Article ID 849812, 4 pages, 2012.

Province P, Hackney JR, Palmer CA, Guthrie BL, Fathallah-Shaykh H: Pontine ring
enhancing glioblastoma multiforme-like fungal abscess, Arch Neurol, 68(11), 1476-1477,

Hackney J, Almeida J, Wilkinson S, Hill B: Ki-67 on the web: A browser-based
biomarker web application for analysis of Ki-67 proliferation index: Journal of
Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, 71(6), 579-580 (#119), 2012. 

Neuropathology, Informatics, Image Analysis, Educational Wikis