Four Vice Chairs Named in UAMS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

By Spencer Watson

David Bumpass, M.D., has been named the vice chair for research; Steven Cherney, M.D., has been named the vice chair for education; Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the vice chair for quality and safety; and Theresa Wyrick, M.D., has been named the vice chair for faculty development.

“The future of our department brightens with the addition of these powerhouse leaders who are committed to our mission and to making our programs stronger,” said C. Lowry Barnes, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Bumpass, who joined UAMS in 2015, is an orthopaedic spine surgeon and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery. As vice chair for research he will oversee the growth and development of the UAMS Orthopaedics labs. He will encourage the pursuit of published research by both faculty and students, work to secure funding for research investigations and translate basic science research success into clinical treatment.

Cherney, who joined UAMS in 2017, is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon and an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery. As vice chair for education, he will provide leadership and direction for the residency program and make sure residents’ educational needs are met, as well as providing oversight and direction for medical students and those in the physician assistant program.

Mears, who joined UAMS in 2015, is a joint replacement surgeon and professor of orthopaedic surgery. As vice chair of quality and safety, he will lead efforts to measure quality and implement new ways to improve patient outcomes.

Wyrick, who joined UAMS in 2009, is an orthopaedic hand surgeon and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery. As vice chair for faculty development, she will oversee efforts to implement a faculty mentorship program, as well as work on faculty retention efforts and leadership development.


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