UAMS Names Michelle Wiles Vice Chancellor of People and Culture

By Yavonda Chase

“We are extremely fortunate to have Michelle on our team,” said Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA. “Our employees are what makes UAMS special, and the Division of People and Culture plays a vital role in managing Team UAMS.”

Wiles has 30 years of experience in human resources including in leadership roles at such health care organizations as the Medical University of South Carolina Health System, the University of Maryland Medical System and Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. She has led cultural and strategic transformations and been instrumental in talent planning and development and recruitment as well as operational strategy.

During her career, she also worked in the private sector in a variety of roles including managing compensation and payroll, serving as an executive coach, analyzing divestitures and acquisitions, and negotiating benefits and insurance contracts.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management/human resources from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore and a master’s degree in organizational development from the Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

Wiles replaces Danielle Lombard-Sims, Ph.D., who left UAMS in January.

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.