Elena Ambrogini, M.D., Ph.D., Named Director of UAMS Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

By Linda Satter

Ambrogini is an associate professor in the division, which is part of the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine.

She has been at UAMS in various roles since 2007, starting out as a post-doctoral research fellow, before becoming an Internal Medicine resident, then a fellow in endocrinology and metabolism and, beginning in 2015, an assistant professor. Before coming to UAMS, she completed medical school and a residency in endocrinology and metabolism in Italy.

She is also a staff endocrinologist at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

“Dr. Ambrogini has a stellar reputation as a dedicated physician-scientist and endocrinologist. She is also known for her compassion and her very thorough patient-centered care,” said Edward Yeh, M.D., chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and holder of the Nolan Family Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine. “We are proud to have her at the helm of this important division.”

Ambrogini is replacing Stavros Manolagas, M.D., a distinguished professor in the department who remains director of the Center for Osteoporosis and Bone Research.


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