Dr. Locke is an abdominal transplant surgeon that specializes in innovative strategies for the transplantation of incompatible organs, disparities in access to and outcomes after solid organ transplantation, and transplantation of HIV-infected end-stage patients. Dr. Locke completed an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry at Duke University and her medical degree at East Carolina University prior to matriculating to Johns Hopkins Hospital where she received training in general surgery and multi-visceral abdominal transplantation. Dr. Locke completed her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in biostatistics and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Her research interests include complex statistical analysis and modeling of transplant outcomes and behavioral research focused on health disparities. She has authored more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 14 book chapters, and is an NIH-funded investigator. In addition, Dr. Locke is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation, Transplantation, and Annals of Surgery and serves as a reviewer for several other leading journals. She is also a member of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), and American Society of Nephrology (ASN), as well as, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Society of University Surgeons (SUS). She currently serves on the Kidney-Pancreas Community of Practice Executive Committee for the AST, and on the Diversity Affairs Committee and PROviding Better Access To Organs (PROACTOR) Task Force for the ASTS. Dr. Locke is the recipient of numerous honors and has most recently received the UAB Dean’s Excellence Award in Research 2016, and was named the 2016 James IV Association of Surgeons Traveling Fellow, Top 40 Under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal, AL.com’s 2015 Women Who Shape the State, B-Metro Top Women in Medicine 2017, and the American College of Surgeons Traveling Fellow 2018.
Dr. Locke is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and serves as the Director of the Incompatible Kidney Transplant and Kidney Paired Donation Programs, the HIV+ Kidney Transplant Program, and the Comprehensive Transplant Institute’s Outcomes Research Center. She is also the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for UAB Hospital Quality and Patient Safety and Vice Chair for Health Services Research in the Department of Surgery.