Robin Devan, M.D., Joins UAMS Palliative Care Program

By Susan Van Dusen

Devan is a graduate of the UAMS College of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at UAMS, followed by a fellowship in the UAMS Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. 

Palliative care is the medical specialty focused on improving the quality of life of people facing serious illness, including those with conditions such as chronic pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety and nausea.

Devan’s clinical interests include sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, HIV and cancer. She is specifically interested in addressing health care disparities across Arkansas and in improving advance care planning, symptom management and end of life care. 

Before becoming a physician, Devan was the associate director of the Arkansas Humanities Council, where she worked for nine years promoting humanities programs throughout the state, empowering citizens to collect and interpret their own histories, and lobbying the U.S. Congress to continue funding for the arts and humanities.

She has a Master of Arts in public history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Hendrix College in Conway.  

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health 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 790 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