Jennifer Smith Appointed UAMS Associate General Counsel

By ChaseYavondaC

Smith has worked at UAMS since 2011, when she began as director of conflict of interest. She became director of risk management in 2013. In her new position, she will handle health law issues and policies.

Prior to working at UAMS, Smith was a health law attorney for Friday, Eldredge and Clark LLP in Little Rock, and a law clerk for Arkansas Supreme Court associate justice Donald Corbin.

She earned her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the William H. Bowen School of Law. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Arkansas Bar Association and American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Smith is also a registered nurse and certified emergency nurse. Prior to her law career, she worked at various emergency departments in Arkansas.

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.