Title: Medical Director of Telehealth, Associate Professor
Company: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Location: Vestavia Hills, Alabama, United States
Eric Lee Wallace, MD, FASN, Medical Director of Telehealth and Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nephrology.
Desiring to become a doctor since the age of six, Dr. Wallace would visit the hospital with his father every Saturday. He was fond of the type of exposure to the field and the contact he was able to have with the patients. Soon enough, Dr. Wallace received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2001. Continuing his medical requirements, he completed a residency and chief medical residency at the university, as well as a nephrology fellowship at Vanderbilt University by 2012. Today, Dr. Wallace holds medical licenses in the states of Alabama and Tennessee and has focused his research on eliminating geographic and socioeconomic barriers that prevent patients from accessing specialized care.
Upon spearheading his professional career, Dr. Wallace has served the University of Alabama at Birmingham in various roles including medical director of telehealth and associate professor of medicine since 2017, as well as medical director of tele-nephrology since 2019. He has also been the co-director and medical director of the home dialysis program since 2012 and 2013, respectively, and co-director of the Fabry and Rare Genetic Kidney Disease Clinic since 2012. Earlier, between 2009 and 2019 he served the institution as associate director of the nephrology fellowship program, medical director of telemedicine, assistant professor of nephrology and instructor. Throughout his career, Dr. Wallace has also been a consultant to Davita Healthcare Corp., Baxter Healthcare Corp., Sanofi-Genzyme, AvroBio, Freeline Therapeutics, Amicus, Protalix, Zipnosis and NxStage. Likewise, he was a visiting professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and Vanderbilt University.
Finding great success throughout the course of his career, Dr. Wallace was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Division of Nephrology in 2016 and 2014. Recognized by M-Metro Magazine as One of Birmingham’s Best Physicians in 2015, he received the C. Glen Cobbs and Edwin A. Rutsky Award for Clinical Excellence in 2014 and 2013. Also in 2013, Dr. Wallace was granted the Home Dialysis Award for the Fastest Non-Acquired Growth and Director’s Award for Best Home Dialysis Unit in Davita Southland Division. Likewise, he has accrued various alumni and service-based awards. He attributes his success to his ability to solve problems and striving to do the right thing for each individual patient.
To remain abreast of his industry, Dr. Wallace maintains affiliation with the American Telemedicine Association, Southern Society of Clinical Investigation, National Kidney Foundation, American Society of Nephrology, Alabama Chief Residents Society and American College of Physicians. He also sits on the advisory board for National Fabry and the council for the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis. In the coming years, he aims to battle the high infant mortality rate in Alabama, as he is currently working with maternal-fetal medicine to face the problem head-on. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing the piano and guitar.
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