John Alexander Jr., M.D., to Join UAMS South in January 2019

By Benjamin Waldrum

Alexander, a 1980 graduate of the UAMS College of Medicine, has practiced family medicine in the area for 35 years.

“The addition of Dr. John Alexander to the faculty of UAMS South will further elevate the quality of medical education for our resident physicians and students,” said Mark Jansen, M.D., medical director for UAMS Regional Campuses. “His addition will enhance the care received by our patients as well.”

“By his example, our resident physicians will understand and should emulate the qualities of a classic family physician,” Jansen said. “As they leave our program and enter their practices, their own patients will benefit from his example too.”

UAMS South has nine family medicine residents dedicated to rural primary care. They gain experience in both rural and metropolitan hospitals, receiving a well-rounded education in primary care, acute care, population health and chronic diseases.

“Dr. Alexander joins our residency program after practicing family medicine in Magnolia for more than 30 years,” said Mimo Lemdja, M.D., residency director for UAMS South. “He brings to our program the stability and commitment that is needed by our residents and patients. He is known as an amazing teacher and community leader, and the residents will benefit tremendously from his expertise.”

Alexander is chairman of the Magnolia Regional Medical Center Board of Commissioners. He has maintained board certification by the American Board of Family Medicine since 1983, and is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society, Arkansas Academy of Family Practice, American Academy Family Medicine and the Southern Medical Association.

Harriet Alexander, A.P.N., will join her husband at UAMS South.

UAMS South serves a seven-county region that includes Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Columbia, Dallas, Ouachita and Union counties.

In 2012, UAMS Family Medical Center – Magnolia, along with other UAMS Family Medical Centers statewide, earned national recognition as a patient-centered medical home, empowering their chronically ill patients in directing their care in a way that improves health outcomes while lowering health costs.

UAMS South’s Family Medical Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For an appointment, call (870) 234-7676.


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