UAMS Physician, Staff Recognized as Arkansas’ First ‘Partner in MS Care’

By Ben Boulden

The Partner in MS Care designation recognizes Archer and his clinical care team as a high-quality multiple sclerosis (MS) care organization offering comprehensive care for MS patients and having a strong collaborative relationship with the national organization.

MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

To receive the recognition, Archer had to be board certified and have extensive training and educational experience in MS care. His team also had to be a comprehensive care team focused solely on the disease and include social workers, speech pathologists, physical therapists as well as nurse practitioners devoted to helping MS patients.

An El Dorado native, Archer received his medical degree in 1982 and completed his residency in 1986, both at UAMS. He became a professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Neurology in 2008 after serving in the department for many years as an assistant professor, then an associate professor.


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