College of Medicine


May 17, 2022

Self-Exams, Early Detection Critical in ‘War on Melanoma,’ UAMS Guest Lecturer Says

Seth Hooker

Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., from Oregon Health and Science University, delivered the Colonel Randy Holland Memorial Lecture on melanoma.

May 17, 2022 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) hosted the latest installment of the Colonel Randy Holland Melanoma Lecture Series on May 6, an event that focuses on melanoma awareness, detection, prevention and treatment. “Melanoma is the one really lethal skin cancer that you can see with your eyes,” said guest…


May 16, 2022

UAMS Infectious Disease Researchers Awarded $5.7 Million COBRE Grant Extension

Linda Satter

UAMS’ Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D., first secured a Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program grant in 2012 and will lead the program through its final phase.

LITTLE ROCK — The National Institute of General Medical Sciences within the National Institutes of Health awarded an additional $5.7 million, five-year grant to fund the third and final phase of a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences program that supports infectious disease research. This final phase of the Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)…


May 12, 2022

UAMS Unveils Virtual Parkinson’s Education Library at Symposium

Linda Satter

Rohit Dhall, M.D., discusses the new Virtual Parkinson's Education Library.

Parkinson’s disease patients shouldn’t underestimate the power of staying physically active as well as socially and mentally engaged, according to movement disorders specialists that came together April 24 for a virtual symposium designed for patients, their caregivers and clinicians. The Seventh Annual Parkinson’s Symposium put on by the Movement Disorders Clinic at the University of…


May 11, 2022

Netflix’s ‘Bandersnatch’ Inspires UAMS Researchers’ Opioid Misuse Game for Adolescents

Seth Hooker

Ronald Thompson Jr., Ph.D., presents a poster on the study of a game app that aims to prevent prescription opioid misuse among adolescents.

LITTLE ROCK — Alison Oliveto, Ph.D., and Ronald Thompson Jr., Ph.D., know that kids love video games. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers also know that kids don’t love out-of-touch literature about the dangers of drugs. So, they decided to present the repercussions of prescription drug misuse in an interactive video game…


May 6, 2022

First LVAD Recipient at UAMS Ready to Head Home, Get Back to Fishing

Linda Satter

Layman Roseby sits next to Kalaivani Sivakumar, M.D., surrounded by his UAMS and care team, upon being discharged.

LITTLE ROCK — The first patient to receive a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) through the new Heart Restoration Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is being discharged today after a successful procedure Feb. 28.


May 4, 2022

For Second Year, UAMS Designated as a Center of Excellence for Treating Huntington’s Disease

Linda Satter

Tuhin Virmani, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Rohit Dhall, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — The Huntington’s Disease Society of America has designated the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) a Center of Excellence for the treatment of Huntington’s Disease for the second year in a row. “Continued designation as an HDSA Center of Excellence recognizes our multidisciplinary team’s commitment to providing care to people with…


May 3, 2022

UAMS’ Heart Healthy Communities Program Initiates Health App in Phillips County

Linda Satter

Stock image of a door-to-door surveyor and a resident at the door. going door-to-door.

LITTLE ROCK — Community health workers have been going door-to-door in Phillips County to show residents how a new app can help them improve their health. On behalf of the UAMS Heart Healthy Communities project based at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), the five workers work to identify needs in medically underserved…


April 27, 2022

UAMS Testing New Noninvasive Device for Diagnosing Fetal Heart Conditions

David Robinson

UAMS researcher Hari Eswaran, Ph.D., first will test the new optically-pumped magnetometer's effectiveness detecting fetal heart conditions. The noninvasive imaging technology will be tested in the future for its ability to reveal other important functional details of fetal development.

LITTLE ROCK — Three grants in six months from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are helping University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher Hari Eswaran, Ph.D., explore promising noninvasive methods for diagnosing serious fetal health conditions. The grants total $4.4 million and support his pioneering work with sensor arrays that can reveal important…


April 21, 2022

UAMS Alumnus Honors Father with $1 Million College of Medicine Scholarship

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS Medical Center and College of Medicine

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1,050,000 gift commitment from Primepares “Prime” G. Pal, M.D., to create a College of Medicine scholarship in honor of his late father. The Dr. Agaton P. Pal Scholarship is designed to support medical students with an academic background in the social sciences, or medical…


April 18, 2022

UAMS is First in Arkansas to Use New Technology to Remove Valve Infection, Debris Without Surgery

Linda Satter

Subhi Al'Aref, M.D., and Malley Bailey hold the Alpha Vac device.

LITTLE ROCK — A cardiologist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the first physician in Arkansas to use a new device to remove infectious vegetation from a woman’s heart valve in a 45-minute minimally invasive procedure.



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