UAMS Myeloma Institute Names Ammon to Lead Advisory Board

By David Robinson

The newly established 13-member Myeloma Institute Advisory Board will cultivate resources to allow the institute to maintain and expand its clinical, research and educational programs. The Myeloma Institute, established in 1989, was the first center in the world devoted exclusively to research and clinical care of multiple myeloma and related disorders.

Ammon led Pennsylvania-based Endo Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company, for eight years following its 1997 creation. Prior to forming Endo, she spent 23 years in the pharmaceutical division of DuPont, beginning in 1973 as an associate scientist in research and development. In 1996, she was named president of the U.S. Pharmaceuticals Division of DuPont Merck, a joint venture of DuPont and Merck & Co.

In addition to Ammon, the board members include:

• Michael Birnbaum of San Antonio
• Louis Cella of St. Louis
• Lucia Dougherty of Miami
• Stephen Engstrom of Little Rock
• Ken Halliday of San Antonio
• Denny Holman of Dallas
• Bob Kohler of Fayetteville
• Jimmy Moses of Little Rock
• Denis McDonald of New Orleans
• Dag Skattum of London
• Joseph Walker of Dana Point, Calif.
• William Webb of Nashville, Tenn.

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 and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or