Eye Inflammation Specialist Ahmed A. Sallam, M.D., Ph.D., Joins UAMS

By Lee Hogan

Sallam also is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in the College of Medicine. He specializes in the management of ocular inflammation and infection.

“Dr. Sallam’s specialty training in uveitis is a welcome addition to JEI and the state of Arkansas,” said Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., chairman of the UAMS Department of Ophthalmology and institute director. “We are certain his expertise will serve Arkansans well.”

Sallam completed two fellowships in uveitis at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Moorfields Hospital, regarded as one of the United Kingdom’s finest eye treatment centers, is the largest eye hospital in Britain and one of the largest in the world.

Sallam also specializes in the treatment of vitreoretinal disorders including retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and has undertaken fellowships in vitreoretinal surgery in the United Kingdom. He is board certified in ophthalmology from the U.K. Royal College of Ophthalmologists and has held a prior consultant appointment at the Ophthalmology Department, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust in the U.K. His expertise led to his being made a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth).

“Along with an opportunity to bring the ocular inflammation management service to Arkansas, I was attracted to the Jones Eye Institute because it is highly regarded in clinical care and research,” said Sallam.

Sallam is an active researcher and has authored more than 45 publications and book chapters in the fields of uveitis and retinal surgery. He has been involved in many international studies investigating novel agents for the treatment of ocular inflammation and retinal diseases.


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 named UAMS Medical Center the state's Best Hospital; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and named six areas as high performing — cancer, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,727 students, 870 medical residents and five 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 Childrens Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

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