Vickers is an internationally recognized pancreatic cancer surgeon, pancreatic cancer researcher, and pioneer in health disparities research. He is Senior Vice President of Medicine and Dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Vickers leads the medical school’s main campus in Birmingham as well as the regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa. On January 1, 2022, Vickers will become CEO of the UAB Health System. He is currently President of the American Surgical Association, the nation's oldest and most prestigious surgical organization.