Andrea Peel Promoted to UAMS Associate Vice Chancellor

By Ben Boulden

She will administer efforts to expand internal communications and enhance client services and institutional data reporting. Peel also will provide uniform communications support for several key programs including patient- and family-centered care, Uconnect — an integrated clinical information system — and the UAMS-led statewide broadband expansion project called Arkansas e-Link.

In 2002, she started work with UAMS as communications manager before being promoted in 2006 to director of communications. Peel has directed external and internal communications, including media and public relations, answered media requests and facilitated publicity about UAMS news. She also has overseen major UAMS public and employee events.

With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Peel has been in the communications and public relations profession since 1994. She began her career as a television producer and graphic artist at B&F Advertising in Little Rock, then spent six years as manager of corporate communications at Alltel Communications before joining UAMS.

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 regional centers throughout the state. Visit or