John A. Baldridge, M.D., Named UAMS Weight Control Program Director

By Ben Boulden

He also teaches in the UAMS College of Medicine as an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism. Baldridge received his medical degree from UAMS and did fellowship work in endocrinology at Duke University and at UAMS prior to completing his residency in internal medicine at UAMS.

Since then, Baldridge pursued both private practice and teaching activities, first at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock and also at the Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center, a part of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

He has practiced internal medicine, endocrinology, and geriatrics elsewhere in Arkansas, as well as in Wichita, Kansas, and in Baton Rouge, La. Other VA work involved the positions of service chief and associate chief of staff at Alexandria VAMC, Pineville, Louisiana.

Baldridge has held adjunct clinical appointments with medical departments at Tulane and at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He was a clinical assistant professor of geriatrics at UAMS prior to joining the Endocrine Division in the Department of Internal Medicine in the College of Medicine.

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