News to Know: Updates from UAMS

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Neurology Adds Neuromuscular, Headache, Hospital Specialists

Betul Gundogdu, M.D.

Betul Gundogdu, M.D.

Betul Gundogdu, M.D., has joined the Department of Neurology as a neurologist specializing in neuromuscular disorders.

She sees patients in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute’s Neurology Clinic. She provides electromyography, which is used to diagnose amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy and other conditions.

Gundogdu completed a fellowship in electromyography/clinical neurophysiology from the University of Chicago Hospitals. She had further training in neuromuscular diseases/muscle and nerve pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.



Dale Carter, M.D.

Dale Carter, M.D.

Dale M. Carter, M.D., has joined the department as a neurologist specializing in headaches. She sees patients in the Neurology Clinic.

Carter earned an M.A. in counseling psychology in 1976 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She obtained her medical degree in 1984 from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. She completed her neurology residency at Albany Medical Center.





Dr KapoorNidhi Kapoor, M.D., has joined UAMS as its first neurohospitalist, combining advanced training in neurology with a specialized understanding of caring for patients while they are in the hospital.

Kapoor completed her neurology residency in the Department of Neurology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

To make a referral, call 866-826-7362 or 501-526-1000.


Family Medicine Intensive Review Course Set May 10-12

The 40th annual Family Medicine Intensive Review Course is May 10-12 at the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute and offers continuing medical education opportunities. May 12 will feature an entire day on orthopedic topics and hands-on workshops. Additional details will be announced:

Burdine, Bhusal, Sharma
Join Transplant Team

Lyle J. Burdine, M.D., Ph.D.

Lyle J. Burdine, M.D., Ph.D.

Sushma Bhusal, M.D.

Sushma Bhusal, M.D.

Lyle J. Burdine, M.D., Ph.D., has joined UAMS as a kidney, liver and pancreas transplant surgeon, and Sushma Bhusal, M.D., and Aparna Sharma, M.D., have joined as transplant nephrologists, caring for kidney and pancreas transplant patients before and after surgery.

UAMS is the only center in Arkansas that offers adult liver and kidney transplantation. The pancreas transplant program is expected to open in the next year.

Burdine completed a fellowship in abdominal transplants from the University of California San Francisco. Bhusal completed a fellowship in nephrology at New York University and a fellowship in transplant nephrology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Sharma completed a nephrology fellowship at University of Chicago Medical Center and a transplant nephrology fellowship at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Aparna Sharma, M.D.

Aparna Sharma, M.D.

UAMS is expanding its living donor program and is spreading the word that more people than ever are candidates for transplants.

“If your patient hasn’t qualified for a transplant in the past, it’s time to ask again,” Burdine said.

To make a kidney transplant referral, call 800-552-8026 or 501-686-6644. For liver transplant, call 866-91-LIVER or 501-686-6644.



Christopher I. Lee, M.D.Glaucoma Specialist Lee
Joins Eye Institute

Christopher Lee, M.D., has joined the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at UAMS as a glaucoma specialist.

Lee comes to UAMS from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he completed his residency and fellowship, following an internship in internal medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

To make a referral, call 501-686-5822.


Laura Huffman, M.D.Gynecologic Oncologist Huffman Joins UAMS

Fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologist Laura B. Huffman, M.D., has joined the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. She sees patients at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

Huffman completed her fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

To make a referral, call 501-526-6990 ext. 8200 or 8203.


UAMS Joins Nationwide Network to Offer Simulation Courses for Anesthesiologists

The Simulation Center at UAMS has been recognized as a program of quality in anesthesiology simulation and approved by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to offer educational courses for anesthesiologists to hone their skills and maintain their professional certifications.

More information is available at

Registration Open for Pain Management Symposium

The 2018 Arkansas Pain Management Symposium is April 28 at the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at UAMS.

The symposium is an interprofessional continuing education event designed to provide primary care providers with the latest research and information on chronic pain management. 

Topics include weaning off opiates, alternative treatments for chronic pain, when to refer to a pain specialist, medical marijuana, the newest innovations in neuromodulations, and updates from the Arkansas Department of Health and the CDC.
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New Physicians

Clinical Neurophysiology
Chuong Le, M.D.

Emergency Medicine
Nhan Phan, M.D.

Michelle Mora, D.O.

Pulmonary Disease
Harriet Kayanja, M.D.

UAMS Physician Recruitment & Provider Placement Program

The UAMS Physician Recruitment & Provider Placement Program has a team of placement specialists dedicated to serving the recruitment needs of our partner communities, UAMS Regional Campuses and UAMS faculty. Physician/provider opportunities are available in all specialties throughout Arkansas.    

Featured Jobs

Family Medicine Faculty Physician: UAMS Northeast in Jonesboro is seeking a fulltime family medicine physician for a faculty position (assistant/associate professor) in the residency program. This is an ideal position for an individual who loves to teach residents and medical students in a clinical setting.

Rural Family Medicine Opportunities: Interested in practicing in rural health? Opportunities are available throughout Arkansas, including Fordyce, Dumas, Lake Village, Green Forest/Holiday Island and Eureka Springs.

Geriatric Opportunities: There is a community hospital opportunity available in El Dorado, a private practice opportunity in Northeast Arkansas and opportunities at UAMS campuses in Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Springdale.

Recruitment services contact:

Carla Alexander:  501-686-7934 or

For a complete listing of job descriptions and opportunities, visit:

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