March 18, 2019

Neurostimulator Significantly Reduces Seizures for Missouri Man

Katrina Dupins

Matthew Pinegar visits Viktoras Palys, M.D. in a follow-up appointment after his RNS Surgery.

Matthew Pinegar was 3 months old when he had his first seizure. He was put on medication to keep them at bay, then taken off the medicine in junior high. “It wasn’t until I was 21 when I had my first grand mal,” Pinegar said. “After that happened and I looked back, I’m sure I…


March 11, 2019

Physician Living with Parkinson’s: No One Should Go Through It Alone

Katrina Dupins

Glenn Davis, M.D., was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007.

Every year in America, health care professionals diagnose 50,000 to 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease. In 2007, Glenn Davis, M.D., was one of those patients, though he’d experienced symptoms a few years prior.


February 21, 2019

Benched Marathoner Returns to Pavement Thanks to UAMS Surgeon

Katrina Dupins

Ted Holder is training for the Boston Marathon in April.

Ted Holder was in his late 50s when he discovered his love for running. Now 65, he says the sport has become a part of his identity. He’s run five marathons, many half marathons and several 10Ks, 5Ks and other races. Holder looks forwards to logging miles and loves the camaraderie of the running community…


February 15, 2019

Patient Uses FaceTime to Call Family During Brain Surgery

Katrina Dupins

Stephenson and his wife, Brittany, visit UAMS for a checkup.

Before his seizure on May 31, 2018, Chris Stephenson, of Horatio, Ark., had no idea he had a tumor the size of an orange in his brain. He was logging about 4,000 miles a week in his big rig and happened to be driving when the seizure happened. “It took four paramedics to get me…


February 11, 2019

Fort Smith Woman has Fewer Seizures Thanks to Surgical Implant

Katrina Dupins

Viktoras Palys, M.D. examines his patient Tori Hatcher weeks after she receives a surgical implant to reduce seizures.

Feb. 11, 2019 |Tori Hatcher used to wake up many mornings in intense pain due to epileptic seizures. They often happened as she slept. “Sometimes my tongue or lip would be bleeding when I woke up,” Hatcher said. “It’s exhausting. Your whole body tenses up in a seizure. By the time it’s over, you’re so…


January 22, 2019

Living with Sickle Cell, Pine Bluff Woman Retains Joy

Katrina Dupins

Doris Carter, 53, was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia when she was 3.

Doctors told her mother she wouldn’t live past childhood. But Doris Carter proudly announces that she has her hands full at age 53 working as a nurse’s aide in Pine Bluff, having raised two daughters and now keeping up with seven grandchildren. When she was 3, Carter was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia, an inherited…


January 14, 2019

UAMS Colorectal Surgeon: Know the Symptoms and Your Surgeon

Katrina Dupins

Keith Maddison speaks with his surgeon, Conan Mustain, M.D. during a visit to UAMS.

Most colorectal cancers occur in the colon, the abdominal portion of the large intestine, but up to a third of cases arise in the last 6-8 inches of the bowel, known as the rectum. While more challenging to treat than colon cancer, rectal cancers often display symptoms at an earlier stage, causing bleeding or discomfort….


December 21, 2018

NICU Graduates Visit UAMS Annually to Bring Gifts for Preemies

Katrina Dupins

Harshad (L) and Kovidh Salidi return to the NICU every Christmas with presents for the preemies.

A holiday tradition emerged for the Saladi family with the birth of their twins four years ago. Kovidh and Harshad Saladi spent 11 days in the NICU at UAMS in December 2014. Every year since, they have come back with their parents, Swaroop and Manju, during the Christmas season to give gifts to the NICU…


December 19, 2018

Santa Gets Back to Work After Wrist Repair at UAMS

Katrina Dupins

James Pruss as Santa Claus listening to Christmas wishes.

For the first time in decades, James Pruss is spending this December making appearances as Santa Claus. Until the Spaghetti with Santa event in North Little Rock on Dec. 2, Pruss says he had forgotten how much he enjoys the gig. “It’s fun to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they see me…


December 17, 2018

In 2018, Fort Smith Man Received UAMS’ 2018th transplant.

Katrina Dupins

Kidney recipient John Drossopolus says he's happy to no longer schedule his life around dialysis.

On Nov. 29, 2018, John Drossopolus’ rode his mountain bike for the first time in more than five months. While his strength was not 100 percent, the Fort Smith man feels he is almost there. Drossopolus’ personal mantra is three-pronged and it starts with having a positive attitude. He was living with chronic kidney disease…



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