College of Medicine


April 13, 2021

UAMS’ Erika Petersen, M.D., Publishes Study Results on Treatment for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy in JAMA

Linda Satter

Erika Petersen, M.D., sees study results published in JAMA

Results of a randomized clinical trial led by Erika Petersen, M.D., of  the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) on use of a spinal cord stimulation system for patients with refractory painful diabetic neuropathy were published April 5 in JAMA Neurology. Petersen, a neurosurgeon and professor in the Department of Neurosurgery in the College…


April 12, 2021

Cancer DNA Blood Tests Validated By International Research Team

News Staff

UAMS' Donald Johann Jr., M.D., was part of an international team of researchers that conducted an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing. The team's findings were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

LITTLE ROCK — An international team today reports the findings of an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing – a fast, cheap and less invasive method to diagnose and monitor cancer.


April 8, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination of Surgical Patients Should be Priority, Study Involving UAMS Finds

Linda Satter

Patients awaiting elective surgery should be given priority on vaccines, an international study finds.

Providing COVID-19 vaccines for patients awaiting elective surgery could save 58,687 lives worldwide over the next year, according to results of an international study in which the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) participated. The study findings, based on data gathered in 2020 by COVIDSurg Collaborative, an international network of surgeons, suggests that patients…


April 6, 2021

UAMS Researchers Named Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar, Fellow

Susan Van Dusen

Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., (left) and Alan Tackett, Ph.D., have been honored by the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA). The group named Yeh an ARA Scholar and Tackett an ARA Fellow.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) announced today that two researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will be joining their ranks.


March 29, 2021

UAMS Medical Student Accepted for Prestigious NIH Fellowship

Linda Satter

Mason Belue standing outside in white coat

LITTLE ROCK —   Mason Belue, a second-year medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), is one of 50 students from across the country chosen to participate in a yearlong residential immersion program at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. It is only the second time in a decade…


March 23, 2021

Virtual Match Day Celebration Doesn’t Dampen COM Seniors’ Enthusiasm

Linda Satter

Madison Morris celebrates with family onscreen while Sharanda Williams and Sara Tariq, M.D., watch from the podium in the auditorium.

Senior medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) gathered virtually Friday – some by themselves, some holding babies, some surrounded by family, friends and even their dogs – to announce where they would be continuing their medical training. Just before the virtual ceremony began, the students at UAMS and other medical…


March 11, 2021

Leigh Ann Wilson and Collin V. Montgomery, APRN, receive 2020 Chris Hackler Award

Linda Haymes

Collin Montgomery, APRN and Leigh Ann Wilson the Adult Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently received the 2020 Chris Hackler Award for Excellence in Medical Ethics.

Two employees who work with the Adult Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently received the 2020 Chris Hackler Award for Excellence in Medical Ethics. Social worker Leigh Ann Wilson and Collin V. Montgomery, APRN, assist UAMS’ sickle cell patients. Sickle cell disease is a genetic disease…


March 8, 2021

Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., Named Dean of the UAMS College of Medicine

Yavonda Chase

Susan S. Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., will join UAMS on June 1 as the next College of Medicine dean, succeeding Christopher Westall, M.D., who is retiring after 24 years at UAMS.

LITTLE ROCK — Susan S. Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., has been named executive vice chancellor and dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), effective June 1.


March 3, 2021

UAMS Cancer Institute Expands Research with Addition of 10 Faculty

Susan Van Dusen

cancer research lab

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently added 10 research faculty, significantly expanding the institute’s cancer research programs.


March 2, 2021

Sara Shalin, M.D., Ph.D., Named Chair of UAMS Department of Dermatology

Linda Satter

Sara Shalin, M.D., wearing white coat over business attire.

LITTLE ROCK — Sara Copeland Shalin, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed as chair of the Department of Dermatology in the UAMS College of Medicine. “Dr. Shalin has done an exceptional job as interim chair of Dermatology since last March, advancing the department’s efforts in clinical care, research and education, while providing excellent support for her…



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