UAMS’s Barnes Named by Becker’s Healthcare Among Top U.S. Orthopaedic Surgeons

By Spencer Watson

“I’m grateful to be mentioned in such company by such an authoritative voice in the world of health care,” said Barnes. “That recognition speaks to the standards, expertise and level of care we strive to provide for all Arkansans at UAMS.”

Barnes is the only Arkansas surgeon included in the list. Becker’s Healthcare is a publisher that is considered an industry leader in healthcare information.

“Dr. Barnes is president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons as well as the Carl L. Nelson, MD, Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery at UAMS Health,” the listing notes. “He focuses his practice on total joint replacements and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles on the topic. He also holds four patents for orthopedic devices as the designer of multiple hip and knee implants.”

Becker’s composed the list, which includes leaders from many of the most renowned institutions and accomplished surgeons from across the U.S., based on nominations and internal research. Individuals do not pay, and cannot pay, to be included.

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and eight 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, Institute for Digital Health & Innovation and the Institute for Community Health Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’ clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,275 students, 890 medical residents and fellows, and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 12,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube or Instagram.