Knight Elected President of Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians

By Liz Caldwell

He was installed at the 67th president of the organization by Robert Wergin, M.D., during its annual meeting June 20, 2014. Knight will serve for one year.

He has been member of the organization since 1985. He has served as a board member, secretary and vice president. Knight is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Knight graduated from medical school at UAMS in 1985. He completed his residency at the UAMS Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1988. Knight served as residency program director for the department for 11 years. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice.

He has been given the UAMS Residency Educator Award and the Program Director Silver Recognition Award by the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. He has also received the Red Sash Award teaching award five times.

The Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians is the state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the second largest medical specialty organization in the nation with more than 100,000 members.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.