Title: Medical Educator (Retired)
Company: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Location: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Wayne House Finley, PhD, MD, Professor Emeritus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.
Dr. Finley is an award-winning professor of pediatrics wih secondary appointments in epidemiology, public health, biology, physiology and biophysics who accepted the title of emeritus in 1996. He continues to support the Alabama medical community as chairman of the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame, as well as chairman of the Carey Phillips Travel Fellowship. Before serving as a teacher, Dr. Finley was part of the greatest generation as an infantryman with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1945 to 1946. He later retired as a chemical corps officer and a lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army Reserve. He is the recipient of a Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award and an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, after appearing in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
Born in Goodwater, Alabama to Byron Bruce and Lucille Finley, Dr. Finley attended Jacksonville State University after the war, and taught as a science teacher while earning an MA from the University of Alabama. He completed an MS in 1955, a PhD in 1958, and an MD in 1960 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his wife, Sara C. Finley, MD, had a traineeship in medical genetics at the University of Uppsala, Sweden from 1961 to 1962). Dr. Finley worked as an intern with the University of Alabama Hospitals and Clinics, and became an assistant professor in 1962. He was director of the Laboratory of Medical Genetics from 1966 to 1996, and was appointed a full professor in 1970. He chaired the faculty council of the school twice, in the late ‘70s and the late ‘80s. Though he is a prolific teacher, Dr. Finley has contributed to an incredible range of medical research. Dr. Finley, together with his wife, Dr . Sara, directed the medical genetics program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1962 to 1996, which included patient evaluation and genetic counseling supported by diagnostic cytogenetic and biochemical genetics laboratories followed later by molecular studies.
Dr. Finley is a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and the Royal Society of Medicine, among numerous medical and scientific groups. He was accepted into the honor societies Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Sigma Xi, where he was president of the Birmingham chapter from 1972 to 1973. Dr. Finley received numerous awards, most notably as the eponym of the Wayne H. and Sara C. Finley Chair of Medical Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his wife Sara are the proud parents of Randall Wayne and Sara Jane. In his free time, Dr. Finley enjoys reading, golf, genealogy, medical history, and has been a deacon of the Dawson Memorial Baptist Church since 1960.
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