Dr. Gerald McGwin is a Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He also holds appointments in the Departments of Surgery and Ophthalmology at the UAB School of Medicine. Dr. McGwin obtained his B.S. degree from the University of Vermont and his M.S. degree from Harvard University. He is an associate editor for the American Journal of Epidemiology, the preeminent journal in that field. Dr. McGwin has a lengthy and distinguished scientific reputation as a researcher having authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, with an emphasis on injury and ophthalmic epidemiology. Dr. McGwin currently serves as the Associate Director for the Center of Injury Sciences at UAB and the Associate Director for the Clinical Research Unit in the Department of Ophthalmology. He is also the transportation domain director for the CDC-funded Injury Control Research Center at UAB. Dr. McGwin is also director of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translations Science (CCTS) doctoral program and co-leader of the CCTS' Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design component.