February 24, 2010

UAMS Surgeon John Eidt Elected to American Board of Surgery

LITTLE ROCK – John F. Eidt, M.D., director of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been named a director of the American Board of Surgery for a six-year term beginning July 1.

Founded in 1937, the American Board of Surgery (ABS) is an independent, nonprofit organization that offers certification to surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge. Eidt will be the second UAMS surgeon to be appointed to the 38-member board after V. Suzanne Klimberg, M.D., director of the UAMS breast cancer program, was elected to the board in 2007.

Eidt, a professor of surgery and radiology in the UAMS College of Medicine, joined the UAMS faculty in 1988. He serves as program director of the vascular surgery residency program in the College of Medicine.

Eidt also was recently selected as president-elect of the Southern Association of Vascular Surgery. He will begin a one-year term as president of the regional organization for vascular surgery in January 2011.

Surgeons certified by the ABS must complete a minimum of five years of surgical residency training following medical school and successfully complete a written and oral examination administered by the ABS. Eidt is board certified in vascular surgery and general surgery.

Eidt is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the vascular surgery board and has served as a board examiner in vascular and general surgery.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 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 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 www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.