July 1, 2019

Twins 12 Days Apart Have Month-Long Birthday Celebrations

Katrina Dupins

Villarreal Twins

Diana and Julio Villarreal spent many days in the spring of 2015 studying the photos that line the walls on the fifth floor at UAMS Medical Center — known as the Wall of Hope.

They were waiting on word that their twin sons, Julio and Jacob, born weeks early, were healthy enough to bring home.

June 17, 2019

New Spinal Surgery Gets Pulaski County Man Back on His Feet

Katrina Dupins

Raper visits Radvany at UAMS.

Six months after a fall left him severely injured, Dewey Raper, 65, was not healing as quickly as he thought he would. “I spent so much time in a wheelchair, a walker and on crutches,” Raper said. “Eventually, I got an MRI. Dr. Radvany viewed it and took the case over.” Martin Radvany, M.D., is…

May 30, 2019

STAR Student Sees Results from HealthyNOW Program

Katrina Dupins


Dustin Farber of Malvern is stronger, faster and leaner as a fifth grader than he was one year ago. His mother and his teachers at Wilson Intermediate School have noticed the change. He’s one of many students across four rural Arkansas School Districts who has participated in the HealthyNOW program, a web-based effort designed to…

May 21, 2019

Weeks After Joint Replacement, Tennis Player Dominates Tournament

Katrina Dupins

Michele Perry plays tennis at the Little Rock Athletic Club.

Michèle Perry, 57, is a talented athlete who is happiest when she is moving. From softball to swimming, Perry is not afraid to take on something new. In September 2015, she started playing tennis and discovered she was quite good. The following year, when she noticed pain in her leg while doing certain exercises, she…

May 10, 2019

Culinary Class Offered to Patients During Infertility Awareness Week

Katrina Dupins

Student chops parsley in class.

A group of women gathered inside a commercial kitchen in Little Rock recently for a UAMS-led culinary medicine cooking class. Culinary medicine is the practice of helping patients use nutrition and good cooking habits to restore and maintain health. UAMS is developing a culinary medicine program for health profession students, but this is the first…

Monticello Couple Welcome Baby with Help of Fertility Specialist

Katrina Dupins

Laci, Cole and Rickie Bratton sit on a porch swing at their Monticello home.

When Cole Benjamin Bratton was born in January, he was screaming at the top of his lungs. That is exactly what his parents hoped he would do. Married in 2008, Laci and Rickie Bratton knew they wanted to be parents. After two years of trying and no pregnancy, they decided to see a fertility specialist….

April 29, 2019

Woman Relaxed for First Time in Years After Complex Spine Surgery

Katrina Dupins

Denise Frerichs visits Kazemi in his clinic at UAMS.

Last fall, just getting out of a chair and walking from one room to the next was a labored and painful experience for Denise Frerichs. The pain was excruciating and it ran down from her back to her legs. “The pain started about two years ago. At first I thought it would get better. I…

April 24, 2019

Colorectal Cancer Patient Says UAMS Saved Her Life

Katrina Dupins

Lowetta Bishop says she's glad she chose UAMS for her cancer treatments.

When a doctor told Lowetta Bishop she had colorectal cancer, she told him he was wrong. “I’d gone to my family doctor for a regular visit, I told him I’d experienced bleeding, but not often. We both agreed it was probably hemorrhoids,” Bishop said. “We scheduled a colonoscopy and the doctor there told me it…

April 22, 2019

U.S. Sen Tom Cotton and Family Tour UAMS NICU

Katrina Dupins

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D. greets the Cotton family as the prepare to tour the NICU.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton visited the UAMS neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) April 19 to get a glimpse of the life-saving environment that takes care of babies born prematurely, some who have to stay weeks and months separated from their families.

April 17, 2019

Former Preemies Return to UAMS NICU for Fun and Games

Katrina Dupins

Hundreds of families attended the annual NICU Reunion held April 13 at UAMS Medical Center.

Nurses and neonatologists who work in the NICU say it’s an exciting time for them to see how much the children have grown since they left the NICU, whether it was 3 months ago or decades ago. About 200 families and UAMS staff attended the annual NICU Reunion held April 13 at UAMS Medical Center….

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