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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. 

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology  1983 
Hematopathology  1989 
Neuropathology  2012 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Associate Professor
Primary  Pathology   Neuropathology Associate 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. Vincentís 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 stepped into the role of Pragram Director of the Pathology Residency Program at UAB in 2016, and is now splitting time between surgical neuropathology and overseeing and participating in the training of the next generation of pathologists.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Association of Clinical Pathologists  Member 
American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP)  Member 
Association of Pathology Chairs (PRODS Section)  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 userís web browser. The modules are written in JavaScript, the ďassembly language of the webĒ, and are committed to one of the available public computer code repositories. The modular architecture promotes collaborative development of new modules that serve usersí specific needs, and the use of public code repositories means that the code is fully exposed to public scrutiny.

Selected Publications 
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Neuropathology, Informatics, Image Analysis, Educational Wikis