Dr. Ball joined the UAB faculty in 1965 and was named the Jane Knight Lowe Professor in Medicine in Rheumatology in 1986. UAB recognized and honored his contributions to academic excellence by naming him professor emeritus in 1997.
In addition to faithfully serving UAB, Dr. Ball has admirably served in leadership roles in numerous professional organizations, committees, and boards. Dr. Ball was the interim director of the division for 18 months in 1995-96. Highly respected by his colleagues as well as his patients, Dr. Ball has cultivated continuing program growth and excellence with a commitment to quality patient care as well as research and education.