UAMS College of Pharmacy Receives $1 Million Gift

By Nate Hinkel

The gift will create the Jeff and Kathy Lewis Sanders College of Pharmacy Chair in Pediatrics within the UAMS College of Pharmacy. It will support the program’s efforts in education, research and faculty development.

Jeff and Kathy Lewis Sanders, native Arkansans who now live in Texas, gave the gift to ensure the best possible pharmacy care for children and families for future generations.

“I spent 30 years working as a pharmacist in a neonatal intensive care unit in a hospital in Texas,” said Kathy Lewis Sanders, a 1970 graduate of the UAMS College of Pharmacy. “I know and understand the importance of the work done there, and want to give back in a way that will make a difference in people’s lives.”

Stephanie F. Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy, said the gift is exceptional because it comes from a UAMS graduate who spent a career in the field.

“We are very grateful to not only have gotten this gift, but to have gotten it from people who understand the role pediatric pharmacy practice and programs play within the profession,” Gardner said. “We’re honored to have Jeff and Kathy Lewis Sanders’ legacy a part of the UAMS College of Pharmacy.”

Jeff Sanders said the educational benefits of the gift are what make it special.

“Any success we’ve had is due to education,” he said. “We want to share that with the UAMS College of Pharmacy and the children and families whose lives it will impact.”

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. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,836 students and 761 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