Kelly-Ann Patrice, M.D., Joins UAMS as Stroke Specialist

By Amy Widner

Patrice treats emergency stroke patients in the UAMS Medical Center and provides post-stroke recovery care in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute’s Neurology Clinic. Patrice also treats patients with cerebral blood vessel abnormalities and provides comprehensive testing for referral patients who have had a stroke with an unidentified cause.

Patrice is an assistant professor of neurology in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Neurology.

In summer 2018, UAMS Medical Center became the first and only health care provider in Arkansas to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The certification is the commission’s most demanding and designates hospitals that can treat the most complex stroke cases.

“Dr. Patrice is one of three stroke specialists at UAMS, which allows us to provide on-staff 24-7 emergency stroke care,” said Robert L. “Lee” Archer, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Neurology. “It is important to have experts like her available at all times to save lives and improve patient outcomes, and that was one of many things that The Joint Commission was looking for as part of this significant accreditation.”

Patrice earned her medical degree from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She completed two years of an internal medicine residency at the MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and a neurology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital – both in Baltimore. Patrice also completed a fellowship in vascular neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


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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