UAMS Cardiologist Appointed to International Committee

By todd

LITTLE ROCK – Jay L. Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., director of the division of cardiovascular medicine and professor of internal medicine, physiology and biophysics in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, has been appointed to the International Committee of the American College of Cardiology (ACC).


The new committee includes 15 members out of about 25,000 members worldwide. The highly prestigious committee was formed to investigate how the ACC can provide training and mentoring to physicians in countries that may not be able to provide the latest in cardiac care. The International Committee already has begun to brainstorm ideas, Mehta said, and will meet for the first time in November in conjunction with the national American Heart Association meetings in Dallas.


“We as Americans have as much to learn from them,” Mehta said of the countries the committee likely will visit in the future. He said that while a large amount of interaction will take place with cardiologists and governmental and non-governmental organizations in developed countries, he is most interested in interacting with health care providers in the underdeveloped countries that may be facing very different cardiology issues than in the West.  


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has more than 2,200 students and 660 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees.


UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.1 billion a year. UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.