Meet New UAMS Cancer Physicians, Learn About Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas at Free Event Nov. 3

By Susan Van Dusen

“The Doctor is In – Argenta” is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Greg Thompson Fine Arts Gallery, 429 Main St., in North Little Rock. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by The Charlotte John Company and hosted by the Envoys, an advocacy group sponsored by the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation.

Michele Fox, M.D., medical director of the Cord Blood Bank of Arkansas, will present an overview of the bank, which opened this year. It is the first statewide-coverage cord blood bank in the nation to open with a mandate for public, private and research banking. Umbilical cord blood is collected following the birth of healthy children. Fox also is director of cell therapy and transfusion medicine at UAMS.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet the newest physicians to join the UAMS Cancer Institute and hear about the institute’s latest research and treatment innovations.

In addition, the evening will include the presentation of the first-ever Seeds of Science grant to a young researcher at the Cancer Institute. Funding for the grant is provided by the Envoys.

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 hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven 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, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 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