UAMS’ Henry-Tillman Named to NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health

By Jon Parham

Henry-Tillman, professor of surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine and director of the Cancer Control Program in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, was one of five new members named in July to the 18-member panel. The committee, whose members are appointed by the NIH director, advises the Office of Research on Women’s Health on appropriate research activities to be undertaken by the national research institutes with respect to research on women’s health; research on sex/gender differences in clinical trials; and research on women’s health conditions which require an interdisciplinary approach.

As director of the UAMS Cancer Control Program, Henry-Tillman leads efforts to reduce the mortality, health disparities and cancer burden of Arkansans. She has developed numerous interventions that target cancer disparities and has been recognized as a leader in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

She has numerous publications, and has made national and international presentations on magnetic resonance imaging, breast cancer staging, and the advancements in breast cancer treatment, as well as cancer disparities interventions. She is federally funded in clinical research, with research interests prevalent in cancer education and awareness and community-based participatory research.

Members of the advisory committee are physicians, practitioners, scientists, and other health professionals. The committee members are actively involved in reviewing NIH women’s health research priorities, the women’s health research portfolio for NIH, career development, and the inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research.

The Office of Research on Women’s Health serves as the focal point for women’s health research at the NIH. For more information about NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health or the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health, visit

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; a statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: 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. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 medical residents. 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