Sarah Beth Harrington, M.D., Named Medical Director of UAMS Palliative Care Program

By Susan Van Dusen

Harrington, an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine, joined the faculty at UAMS in 2008. Her clinical interests include cancer pain and symptom management, medical ethics and end-of-life care. Harrington’s work has been published in numerous medical journals, including The Journal of the American Medical Association.

The Palliative Care Program focuses on improving the overall quality of life for patients and families facing serious illness. The program provides patient/family-centered care, pain and symptom management, interdisciplinary support for social, emotional and spiritual issues associated with serious illnesses and coordinated care across settings.

Harrington, a graduate of the UAMS College of Medicine, completed her residency and palliative care fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

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