UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Advocacy Group to Host April 6 Event

By Susan Van Dusen

Physicians and scientists from the Cancer Institute will be on hand to share information in an informal setting about their cancer-related research and new treatment advancements.

The free event will feature a brief discussion by thoracic surgeon and lung cancer specialist Matthew Steliga, M.D., on minimally invasive lung cancer surgery.

IBERIABANK and UAMS surgeon Kent Westbrook, M.D., are hosts of the event.

Envoys, coordinated by the Cancer Institute Foundation, is a new group whose mission is to advance the outreach efforts 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, call the Cancer Institute Foundation at (501) 526-2277 or visit

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