Kelly Named Associate Director for Cancer Research Training and Education at UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

By Linda Haymes

Kelly is an associate professor of pathology in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Pathology and will become a full professor in July. He is director of the graduate program in pathobiology in the UAMS Graduate School, is as an advanced practice professional at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and serves as a liaison to primarily undergraduate institutions with the Arkansas Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence.

“The education and training of our future researchers at all levels of their careers is an important component of all cancer centers and a critical element in the path to National Cancer Institute Designation,” said Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor and Cancer Institute director. “Tom is the perfect person to lead the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute effort as we move forward.”

Kelly replaces Richard W. Nicholas, M.D., professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, who is stepping down after many years of service in this role.

In his new role, Kelly will build and coordinate the institute’s education and training programs for developing the next generation of cancer researchers. He also is developing the infrastructure of a robust cancer education and training program as UAMS works to achieve National Cancer Institute designation.

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