Central Alabama Research

Meet the staff.....

Barry McLean, M.D., Ph.D.

Site Director of Central Alabama Research


A graduate of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Dr. McLean earned both an M.D. and Ph.D.   He served as Chief Resident and Instructor in Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.  Prior to that, Dr. McLean, was a Research Associate at Emory University and at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was awarded a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship by the National Science Foundation.


Dr. McLean is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine.  He serves on the vascular Biology Working Group, The National Diabetes Education Initiative and the Partners Against Insulin Resistance (PAIR). 


Dr. McLean is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hypertension had has practiced since 1972.  In 1993 he became the director of Birmingham High Blood Pressure Clinic.   He has served as Principal Investigator and Sub investigator on over 200 studies in the areas of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, COPD, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, insulin pumps, clamp studies, chronic pain and more. His experience includes Phase I-IV protocols, including first-in-man studies.


His special interest include: 

  • Prevention and regression of atherosclerosis
  • Endothelial Dysfunction
  • ACE inhibitors and ARB's in the diabetic and hyperlipidemic hypertensive patients
  • Tissue ACE in cardiovascular disease
  • Calcium channel blockers and the treatment of Hypertension and it's complications
  • Insulin resistance and Type II Diabetes
  • Cholesterol management in Hypertension and Diabetes
  • Stroke prevention and treatment