UAMS Names New Director of Family Medicine Residency Program in Northwest Arkansas

By David Wise

A board-certified family medicine physician, Macechko will be responsible for teaching residents and students in community hospital settings, as well as leading and developing the residency program’s curriculum. He will also be responsible for direct patient care and oversight of the UAMS family medicine clinics in Springdale and Fayetteville.

“Dr. Macechko’s appointment comes with strong support from his peer physicians within the family medicine program, local hospital leadership and residency educator leadership throughout UAMS,” said Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., vice chancellor of the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus. “We are thrilled that he has accepted this position.”

A Fayetteville High School graduate, Macechko earned his medical degree from UAMS in 2009 and completed his family medicine residency in 2012 at the UAMS family medicine program in Northwest Arkansas. He then completed a two-year UAMS academic fellowship. His special interests are resident health and well-being, geriatrics, pediatrics, preventive care and chronic disease management. In 2015, Macechko was appointed co-medical director of the Arkansas State Veterans Home in Fayetteville.

“As a product of UAMS and the Northwest Arkansas residency program myself, I am personally invested in the mission of UAMS,” Macechko said. “I am passionate about providing compassionate medical care and find great fulfillment in mentoring and coaching residents throughout their time in training. One of the greatest joys of teaching is witnessing residents become excellent physicians who will serve their communities and positively impact countless lives along the way.”

The UAMS family medicine residency program in Northwest Arkansas is one of seven family medicine residency training programs in Arkansas under the direction of UAMS Regional Campuses. In Northwest Arkansas, the program operates two family medicine clinics, one in Springdale and one in Fayetteville, which serve about 25,000 patients a year. The family medicine residency program in Northwest Arkansas, has 28 residents and is supported by two local hospital partners (Washington Regional and Northwest Health) and a multitude of community-based physicians. A total of 277 family practice physicians have trained in the Northwest Arkansas program.

“During his 10-year tenure with the residency program, Dr. Macechko has fostered excellent working relationships with residents, faculty, staff, administration and collaborative partners alike,” said Ron Cole, MBA, area director of UAMS Regional Campuses. “He has earned the respect and trust not only of the specialist colleagues with whom he works on a daily basis, but also the administrative teams at each of the community hospitals.”

“I also want to thank Dr. Ron Brimberry, who has served as interim program director and has shown steadfast leadership throughout that time,” Cole said. “I am very pleased that Dr. Brimberry will continue to serve as a faculty member in the family medicine program.”


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 Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health.

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