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January 16, 2020

UAMS Group Prenatal Care Program Only Arkansas Site Accredited by Centering Healthcare Institute

Kate Franks

CenteringPregnancy group photo

When Scottsha Cochran of Little Rock was pregnant with her son MJ, she took advantage of CenteringPregnancy, group prenatal care at UAMS Medical Center’s Women’s Clinic that includes regular health check-ups with extra time for learning and sharing with other women. “I loved the conversations we had and that we had the same doctor, nurses…


January 9, 2020

Research Highlights Link Between PTSD from Combat, Thyroid Function

Amy Widner

Maraka and Toloza before research poster

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have found a potential link between PTSD in combat veterans and changes in thyroid function. Spyridoula Maraka, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine and staff physician at…


UAMS Level 1 Trauma Center Recognized by American College of Surgeons

Kate Franks

UAMS has a comprehensive Emergency Department prepared to treat a wide range of medical needs with immediate, around-the-clock access to orthopaedic and trauma surgeons, neurologists, cardiologists and other specialists.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has once again been designated  by the American College of Surgeons as the state’s only adult Level 1 Trauma Center, signifying UAMS can provide the highest level of trauma care for the most serious and urgent cases. UAMS first achieved this Level 1 verification in 2017 after…


January 8, 2020

J.L. Mehta Honored by Italian Society of Cardiology, University of Rome

Amy Widner

Dr. Mehta receiving award

Cardiologist J.L. Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., received multiple honors during a recent trip to Rome. Mehta is a distinguished professor of medicine and physiology and biophysics at UAMS and holds the Stebbins Chair in Cardiology in the UAMS College of Medicine. He gave an invited lecture at the 80th annual session of the Italian Society of…


January 3, 2020

Clinical Trial for Rare Blood Disorder Brings Dallas Mom to UAMS

Susan Van Dusen

Shield family photo

For Grace Shield, nursing is more than a career. It’s a way of life. With 14 years on the job, she has seen her share of both typical and unusual medical cases. That confidence was turned on its head in October 2017 when Shield suddenly found herself in the role of patient and her colleagues searching for answers to a set of overwhelming and unusual symptoms.


December 23, 2019

UAMS Joins Partners in Education with Little Rock’s Hall High

Spencer Watson

Hall High School Principal Mark Roberts, Ed.D., Kimberlyn Blann-Anderson and Brian Gittens, Ed.D., of the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore.

The UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has joined the Little Rock School District’s Volunteers in Public Schools program as a partner in education working specifically with Hall High School. “This is, as they say, the beginning of a beautiful partnership,” said Brian Gittens, Ed.D., vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion at UAMS….


Benton Woman Trusts UAMS Orthopaedics for Both Knee Replacements

Katrina Dupins

Jackie Dawson

Jackie Dawson is teaching her four grandchildren to enjoy the outdoors. So far, they have learned to hike and bike. The two oldest boys (9 and 11) have also learned to waterski. In spring 2018, Dawson found herself slowing down because the pain in her knees became unbearable. “I understand the benefits and risks of…


December 19, 2019

Jones Eye Institute Celebrates 40-year Career of John Shock, M.D.

Spencer Watson

John Shock, M.D., shares stories from his 40 years at UAMS with those gathered to celebrate the anniversary.

A standing-room-only crowd gathered Dec. 17, including members of the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute Advisory Board, to celebrate John Shock, M.D., and the 40 years he has given in service to UAMS. Faculty, staff, patients and others gathered to share memories of Shock’s many years of service and many accomplishments as former chair…


December 18, 2019

Head Start Carolers Deliver Holiday Cheer to UAMS

Linda Haymes

A group of preschoolers from the UAMS Head Start program recently celebrated the winter holidays by sharing songs with Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA and others at UAMS.

It was enough to make even the Grinch himself grin. Instead of a shiny sleigh, Santa’s little helpers arrived at UAMS the morning of Dec. 17 by school bus. Oh, what a merry sight the 16 preschool carolers were to behold, and, oh, what fun it was to celebrate the season with them. The visit…


December 11, 2019

Laura Hutchins, M.D., Honored as Dean’s Distinguished Scholar

Susan Van Dusen

Hutchins and Westfall at lecture

When a young Laura Hutchins’ mom encouraged her to get a part-time job, she found one in a clinical lab not far from her parents’ dairy farm in northeastern Mississippi. It didn’t take long for the teenager to realize that lab work was more stimulating than cleaning barns. It also was quickly apparent to her…



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