UAMS Names Hunter to Direct Medical Technology Program

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LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently appointed Karen K. Hunter as director for the medical technology program in the UAMS College of Health Related Professions. 


Hunter, a medical technologist certified by the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists, also was appointed assistant professor for the medical technology program in the CHRP’s Department of Laboratory Sciences. She brings more than 10 years’ experience in laboratory sciences, along with educational experience as a science teacher at the secondary level.


Prior to joining UAMS, Hunter served three years as medical technology program director at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Before that, she served five years as an instructor and laboratory supervisor/chemical safety officer at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. She also spent eight years as a science teacher at four junior high and senior high schools in Nebraska from 1987 to 1995.


Hunter earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wyoming in 1984, followed by a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of Nebraska in 1993. She earned a master’s degree in health services administration in 1998 from Central Michigan University.


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 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 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