Laurie Ann Ross Named Senior Director of Development for UAMS Medical Center

By ChaseYavondaC

“Laurie Ann will work closely with medical center leadership; Dr. Richard Turnage, the associate dean of clinical sciences in the College of Medicine; and others to secure philanthropic investments in the clinical programs of UAMS,” said UAMS Medical Center CEO Roxane Townsend, M.D. “She will engage with donors and volunteers to advance the exceptional clinical care provided at UAMS.”

“In her role with the Integrated Clinical Enterprise, she will work to secure philanthropic support from individuals, corporations and foundations,” said Lance Burchett, UAMS vice chancellor for institutional advancement.

The Integrated Clinical Enterprise serves as a care delivery system focused on the needs of patients and their families that is respectful of and responsive to their preferences and values and provides an organizational structure that enables physicians and staff to work as a team, in partnership with patients and families, to provide quality care.

Ross joined UAMS in 2014 as the College of Medicine’s director of development where her responsibilities included cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors, identifying programs for which private funds can be raised, and preparing written proposals for major gift solicitations.

Ross previously worked at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as director of development and external affairs in the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology, and prior to that as director of corporate and foundation relations.

She served six years as volunteer services manager at the Arkansas Arts Center, in addition to five years as a public information officer at the Central Arkansas Library System and two years as executive director of Friends of the Zoo, a fundraising and special event group for the Little Rock Zoo.

Ross earned her bachelor’s in speech communication from UALR and is scheduled to complete her master’s in applied communication studies from UALR in December.

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.