March 11, 2009

New Director of Voice, Swallowing and Airway Center Joins UAMS

LITTLE ROCK – Ozlem E. Tulunay-Ugur, M.D., a surgeon with fellowship training in head and neck cancer, has joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine.

Tulunay-Ugur has been named an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. She received her medical degree in 1997, graduating with honors.

She has completed a fellowship in head and neck cancer surgery and postgraduate training in laryngology. As a postdoctoral research fellow in 2004, she received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Tulunay-Ugur previously served as an assistant professor and director of laryngology in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit. She also was a surgeon in the Karmanos Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute designated center, at Wayne State University and at the John D. Dingell Veterans Administration Medical Center in Detroit.

Her clinical interests include head and neck cancer; voice, swallowing and airway problems, and geriatric otolaryngology.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,652 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 the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 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. Visit or