December 9, 2009

Hatim Smouni Named President of Envoys Advocacy Group at UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

LITTLE ROCK – Hatim Smouni has been named president of the Envoys, a new volunteer advocacy group at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Smouni is a wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. Originally from Morocco, Smouni moved to Arkansas in 1994 and became a United States citizen in August 2006.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in international trade and computer information systems from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in financial planning from the College for Financial Planning and is a certified financial planner.

Smouni is a certified financial planner and also is certified as a special needs advisor for families with children with special needs.

Coordinated by the Cancer Institute Foundation, the Envoys group advances the mission of the Cancer Institute by promoting its physicians, scientists, programs and vision in the local community and beyond. Membership is free, and volunteering hours are flexible. For information about the Envoys, call the Cancer Institute Foundation at (501) 526-2277.

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 2,775 students and 748 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 employers 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