Dawn Bulgarella

S. Dawn Bulgarella, MSHA, CPA

President and Interim Chief Executive Officer, UAB Health System

Chief Financial Officer, UAB-SVHS Alliance

Dawn Bulgarella is a senior leader in health care with more than 25 years of progressive experience in academic medicine.  In her uniquely integrated role as president and interim chief executive officer of UAB Health System and chief financial officer of the UAB-Ascension St. Vincent’s Health System Alliance, she is responsible for combined annual budgets in excess of $5 billion. She has a proven record of accomplishment in administration, financial management, organizational strategic planning, and senior-level recruitment.

Dawn earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She is a Certified Public Accountant, formerly with Ernst & Young, and is active in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dawn  participated in Class XXXI of Leadership Alabama. She was named one of the Top Birmingham Women in 2021 by the Birmingham Business Journal, selected as the Birmingham Large Enterprise CFO of the Year in 2020, received the Woman of Impact designation from Yellowhammer News in 2019, and listed in “Who’s Who in Birmingham Healthcare” annually since 2015. She mentors women in health care, serves on numerous healthcare boards throughout Alabama, and routinely speaks about health care finance and leadership.

Dawn and her husband, Joe, have three adult children and one grandchild, and she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.