Peter Emanuel, M.D., Named Director of Arkansas Cancer Research Center at UAMS

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LITTLE ROCK – Peter D. Emanuel, M.D., has been named executive director of the Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He assumed his post July 1.

As director of the ACRC, Emanuel leads all cancer-related activities for UAMS, whose cancer clinics reported more than 120,000 patient visits during the last fiscal year. There are more than 145 UAMS faculty members engaged in cancer-related activities.


Emanuel served as acting director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) from 2004-2006. In addition, during his tenure at UAB he held the position of program co-leader for Experimental Therapeutics in the cancer center and deputy director in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. He also was a professor in the UAB Departments of Medicine, Genetics and Biochemistry.


Emanuel received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisc. He attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, Wisc., and served his internship and residency in internal medicine at UAB.


He also completed a clinical fellowship and a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UAB.


Among Emanuel’s honors include several UAB outstanding teaching awards, as well as two nominations for the American Cancer Society’s Life Inspiration Award.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,435 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit