UAMS’ Anderson Honored By American Lung Association

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LITTLE ROCK – A nationally recognized lung health researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Paula Anderson, M.D., recently received the Emily Bissel Medical Excellence Award from the American Lung Association of Arkansas.


Anderson, a professor of pulmonary and critical care in the Department of Internal Medicine of the UAMS College of Medicine, was honored for her work in research and patient care. She received the award at the Arkansas chapter’s annual Take a Breather gala Oct. 21.


Anderson’s research grants include two fellowship training grants from the American Lung Association. Her research includes work with cystic fibrosis, second-hand smoke and respiratory drug delivery. Since 1993, she has served as director for the adult cystic fibrosis program at UAMS.


The Emily Bissell Awards are named for an early champion of the American Lung Association’s work of preventing lung disease and promoting lung health. They are given annually by the state’s chapter for medical excellence, philanthropy and advocacy.


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 about 2,320 students and 690 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 $4.3 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.