Physician Profile – Rachel L. Slotcavage, M.D.

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Rachel L. Slotcavage, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Endocrine and General Surgery, Department of SurgeryDr.Slotcavage

Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine

What inspired you to become a doctor?

I loved science from an early age. I also grew up working with my hands – crocheting, quilting and helping with my family’s construction business. When I discovered I could not only combine science and dexterity, but also help people in the process, I knew medicine was for me.

What do you like most about your specialty?

That’s difficult. I love the art of medicine and enjoy the diagnostic process almost as much as the surgical procedures. Most importantly, I can typically assure my patients that they will live a long, full life postoperatively, which is not always true when dealing with tumors of other organs.

What makes you unique among your peers?

I am the only fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon in Arkansas. I also perform my own lifelong follow-up care for my cancer patients. I am a passionate cyclist and endurance athlete, and I think my dedication to whole-body health translates to my professional care in unique ways.

What are your clinical specialties?

I am an endocrine surgeon by training. This starts with a general surgery residency, followed by fellowship training with a focus on surgical diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, and neuroendocrine pancreas disorders such as insulinoma. I perform a comprehensive neck ultrasound at new patient appointments and can also offer patients thyroid biopsy during that appointment, if clinically indicated. I perform total and partial thyroidectomies, neck dissections for metastatic or recurrent disease, and parathyroid exploration and am happy to take on cases of remedial thyroid and parathyroid surgery. I perform both laparoscopic and retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomies and can often offer laparoscopic partial pancreatectomy or tumor enucleation.

What number can doctors use to make a referral to you?

New patients: 501-296-1200

Office: 501-686-6648

RSlotcavage@uams.edu