College of Medicine


July 30, 2021

Cochlear Implant Surgery Restores Hearing, Improves Marriage

Linda Satter

From left, Beverly Holloway, Patrick Holloway and audiologist Matthew Brown, Au. D., at Patrick's May 4 appointment.

After 26 years of marriage, Beverly Holloway still had a lot she wanted to discuss with her husband, Patrick. But despite him taking the initiative six years earlier to obtain hearing aids, they were both frustrated that the devices were no longer working, despite repeated adjustments. Here they were in their golden years, which are…


July 29, 2021

UAMS’ Anesthesia Tech Program Gives HBCU Students Firsthand Look at Medical Careers

Linda Satter

From left, Veronica Ussery, education director; Chandler Wilson, project manager; and techs Hunter Black, Raven Hinton and Veronica Lindsey.

Three students fresh out of Little Rock’s Philander Smith College recently started working in the operating room at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as part of an initiative to help students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) prepare for a career in health care.


July 27, 2021

UAMS Students Aid Efforts to Offer Covid-19 Vaccines to Emergency Department Patients

Linda Satter

Carly Eastin, M.D., left, patient Antonio Jackson and second-year medical students Cammie York, Beau Pennington and Luke Lefler.

An idea for increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates in Arkansas while providing an educational experience for University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) students has proven successful on both fronts.


UAMS Cardiology Team Clears 95%-blocked Artery With New Shockwave Technology

Linda Satter

UAMS cardiologist Subhi Al’Aref, M.D., successfully used new shockwave technology to blast calcium deposits out of a patient's stent last month.

A new technology that uses sonic waves to blast calcium deposits out of arteries is now available at UAMS. On June 16, UAMS cardiologist Subhi Al’Aref, M.D., used it to successfully open and clear a patient’s severely calcified stent.


July 23, 2021

Jennifer Laudadio, M.D., Invested in Aubrey J. Hough Jr., M.D. Distinguished Chair in Pathology

Benjamin Waldrum

Jennifer Laudadio, M.D. (seated) receives her commemorative medallion from College of Medicine Transitional Dean Christopher T. Westfall, M.D. (left) and UAMS Chancellor and UAMS Health CEO Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA.

LITTLE ROCK — Jennifer Laudadio, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pathology in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, was invested July 22 in the Aubrey J. Hough Jr., M.D., Distinguished Chair in Pathology. “I would like to extend my congratulations to Dr. Laudadio for all of your…


July 22, 2021

UAMS Performs First GammaTile Brain Surgery in Arkansas

Spencer Watson

UAMS surgeons prepare to perform the first surgery in Arkansas using GammaTile Therapy or surgically targeted radiation therapy.

LITTLE ROCK — Radiation oncologist  Richard Crownover, M.D., Ph.D., and neurosurgeon Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., and their care team at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have performed the state’s first application of GammaTile Therapy.


July 21, 2021

Cancer Discovery Published in Nature Highlights National Role of UAMS Research Team

David Robinson

Members of the UAMS proteomics team are Alan Tackett, Ph.D. (center front), and (l-r) Stephanie Byrum, Ph.D., Rick Edmondson, Ph.D., Aaron Storey, Ph.D., and Samuel Mackintosh, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — A highly specialized UAMS research team that serves as a national resource recently helped the University of North Carolina (UNC) discover a key driver of cancer cell development. The discovery, which gives researchers around the globe a new target for drug therapies, was published in the journal Nature. The achievement put an…


July 20, 2021

UAMS Releases Findings from Statewide COVID-19 Antibody Study

David Robinson

A team at UAMS tested blood samples from July to December 2020 and found that by the end of the year, 7.4% of Arkansans had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

LITTLE ROCK — A statewide COVID-19 antibody study led by UAMS found that by the end of 2020, 7.4% of Arkansans had antibodies to the virus, but there were wide disparities among racial and ethnic groups. UAMS researchers released their findings this week to a public database, medRxiv (med archive).


July 19, 2021

Timothy Langford, M.D., to Join UAMS as Chair of the Department of Urology

Linda Satter

Timothy Langford, M.D.

Timothy Langford, M.D., a highly regarded urologic surgeon and a leader in urology in Arkansas and regionally, has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Urology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Langford is slated to begin Oct. 3. He comes to UAMS from Arkansas Urology, P.A., which he…


July 16, 2021

Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., Invested in Kent C. Westbrook, M.D. Director’s Chair for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS Executive Vice Chancellor and College of Medicine Dean Susan Smyth, M.D., and UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, present Birrer (seated) with his commemorative medallion and inscribed wooden chair.

LITTLE ROCK — Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor and director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested July 15 in the Kent C. Westbrook, M.D. Director’s Chair for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. “Michael Birrer’s scholarly corpus is incredibly impressive, and the…



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