After over four decades, Professor James Raper, Ph.D., CRNP, J.D., FAAN, FAANP, FIDSA, who has directed the UAB 1917 Clinic since 2007, is retiring December 1, 2022. Dr. Raper has utilize has background in nursing, patient care and law to become a fierce advocate for those living with HIV. With his nursing career spanning over 40 years, Dr. raper has seen the culture of HIV shift from receiving a death sentence to one of living abundantly with HIV and hopes of finding a cure.
During his leadership, Dr. James Raper has taken the small clinic once located at 1917 fifth Ave. South to a 50,664 square foot facility located east of campus. This nearly tripled the space of the previous location and allowed for the integration of one of 1917’s community partners-Birmingham AIDS Outreach’s Magic City Wellness Center. Also under Dr. Raper’s tenue, the clinic met one of it’s greatest challenges-the matriculation of over 800 patients at one time from the closing of the Cooper Green St.George’s Clinic. This resulted in nearly 97% of former St. George Clinic patients finding a health care home at the UAB 1917 clinic.
He is now stepping into start a new chapter in his life filled with spending time with family and friends, cooking and traveling.
Happy Retirement Dr. James Raper. Thank you for your leadership, love and commitment!!
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