Erika Horta, M.D., Joins UAMS as Neuro-Immunologist

By Amy Widner

She sees multiple sclerosis patients at the UAMS Health Epilepsy and Neurology Clinic in Freeway Medical Tower, Suite 605, 5800 W. 10th St., just off Interstate 630 in Midtown Little Rock. She sees patients for brain and spine tumors at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, which is part of the main UAMS campus in Little Rock.

Multiple sclerosis appointments are accepted through physician referral faxed to 505-603-1539. The clinic number is 686-5838. For more information, visit Appointments with the Cancer Institute can be made by calling 501-296-1200.

Horta works with a neuro-immunology team that includes specially trained advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), registered nurse (RN) and pharmacists. They treat multiple sclerosis and other diseases that affect both the neurologic and immune systems.

At the Cancer Institute, she sees patients with brain and spine tumors, neurofibromatosis, and tuberous sclerosis, backed by Arkansas’ most comprehensive cancer treatment and research facility. She is the only neuro-oncologist in the state.

The Epilepsy and Neurology Clinic compliments the Neurology Clinic on the main UAMS campus and provides more access to this important specialized care. UAMS is recognized as a Partner in MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, signifying its comprehensive approach to diagnosing, managing and treating MS.

Horta earned her medical degree at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, where she also served a residency in neurology and completed a clinical fellowship in neuro-immunology. She completed a fellowship in research at the Neuro-immunology Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a clinical fellowship in neuro-oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Horta also served a residency in neurology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

She also is as an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology in the UAMS College of Medicine.

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 or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.