September 18, 2020

Jonesboro Resident Lillie Pitts Receives Scholarship to Pursue Primary Care in Rural Arkansas

Benjamin Waldrum

Pitts graduated from Jonesboro High School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Much of her family lives in Arkansas, where she grew up in Jonesboro and spent summers in Batesville and Cave City. She intends to pursue a career in internal medicine in Jonesboro or elsewhere in northern Arkansas.

Lillie Pitts of Jonesboro, a junior medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been awarded a $20,000 Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship, which encourages aspiring physicians to pursue primary care practices in rural Arkansas. Pitts graduated from Jonesboro High School and received her undergraduate degree from…


Texarkana Resident Kristen Rice Receives Scholarship to Pursue Primary Care in Rural Arkansas

Benjamin Waldrum

Rice graduated from Genoa Central High School and received her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the only living college graduate in her immediate family. She intends to pursue a career in general pediatrics in southwest Arkansas.

Kristen Rice of Texarkana, a junior medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been awarded a $20,000 Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship, which encourages aspiring physicians to pursue primary care practices in rural Arkansas. Rice graduated from Genoa Central High School and received her undergraduate degree…


Greenwood Resident Riley George Receives Scholarship to Pursue Primary Care in Rural Arkansas

Benjamin Waldrum

George graduated from Greenwood High School and received his undergraduate degree from Harding University in Searcy. He intends to practice family medicine, preferably near his family in Greenwood and Searcy.

Riley George of Greenwood, a senior medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been awarded a $20,000 Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship, which encourages aspiring physicians to pursue primary care practices in rural Arkansas. George graduated from Greenwood High School and received his undergraduate degree from…


September 17, 2020

Three UAMS Medical Students Awarded Scholarships for Rural Arkansas Primary Care

Benjamin Waldrum

From left to right: Riley George of Greenwood, Kristen Rice of Texarkana and Lillie Pitts of Jonesboro. They are the latest UAMS College of Medicine students to receive the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship.

Three UAMS medical students have each been awarded a $20,000 Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship, which encourages aspiring physicians to pursue primary care practices in rural Arkansas. This year’s recipients are Riley George of Greenwood, a senior, and Lillie Pitts of Jonesboro and Kristen Rice of Texarkana, both juniors. The scholarship…


August 20, 2020

UAMS Tops $41.5 Million in Fundraising for 2020 Fiscal Year

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS employees at a community drive-thru COVID-19 screening at Shorter College in North Little Rock on June 30. Multiple donors, from individuals to foundations and corporations, gave more than $285,000 in fiscal 2020 to UAMS to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) raised more than $41.5 million for fiscal 2020 ending June 30, more than double the fundraising total for last year. Angela Wimmer, vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement, made the announcement Aug. 18 at the quarterly meeting of the UAMS Board of Advisors. From July 1, 2019 to…


August 12, 2020

Gohar Azhar, M.D., Invested in Jackson T. Stephens Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics Clinical Affairs

Benjamin Waldrum

Azhar, a nationally recognized expert on cardiovascular aging research, is director of clinical research and co-director of cardiovascular aging research at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. She leads the Walker Memory Center and provides geriatrics primary care at the Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic.

Gohar Azhar, M.D., a nationally recognized expert on cardiovascular aging research with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was recently invested  in the Jackson T. Stephens Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics Clinical Affairs. “It is with deep humility that I accept the great honor of the Jackson T. Stephens Distinguished Chair,” Azhar said. “I…


August 6, 2020

$420,000 Gift Realizes Alumnus’ Longtime Wish to Support Education and Training of Family Physicians

Benjamin Waldrum

Jack T. Steele, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $420,000 gift from the estate of Jack T. Steele, M.D., to finalize creation of the Jack T. Steele, M.D. Endowed Chair in Family and Preventive Medicine in the College of Medicine. Endowed chairs allow UAMS to recruit and retain top leaders…


July 30, 2020

Arny Ferrando, Ph.D., Invested in Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity, Health Promotion and Frailty Prevention

Benjamin Waldrum

Ferrando, who joined UAMS in 2006, co-directs the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, where he is also a professor in the Department of Geriatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine. His career has highlighted nutritional, exercise and pharmacological interventions directed toward the prevention and recovery of muscle loss and function.

LITTLE ROCK — Arny A. Ferrando, Ph.D., a leading authority on skeletal muscle protein metabolism and its relation to muscle function and performance with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested in July in the Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity, Health Promotion and Frailty Prevention. There was no formal…


June 26, 2020

George and Linda Gleason Foundation Gives $100,000 for UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute, Department of Neurology

Benjamin Waldrum

George and Linda Gleason (at left) chat with G. Richard Smith, M.D. (center), David Ashmore and R. Lee Archer, M.D., prior to the presentation of a $100,000 check to be split equally between the Psychiatric Research Institute and Department of Neurology.

The George and Linda Gleason Foundation has given $100,000 to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), split evenly among the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine and the Psychiatric Research Institute. The Gleasons were on hand Friday, June 19 to present a check to R. Lee Archer, M.D., chair of the…


May 20, 2020

Blue & You Foundation Supports UAMS Prevention and Treatment Efforts for COVID-19

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS has established several mobile screening events, like this one in Forrest City.

LITTLE ROCK — Two grants totaling $210,848 from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas will significantly boost the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and slow the spread of infection. The grants are part of a $1.7 million special funding program by the foundation, a…



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