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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 14, 2019

UAMS Physician, Nurse Honored by Legislature

Spencer Watson

Lawrence O'Malley and Jo Smith at the Arkansas State Capitol.

A UAMS physician and nurse were honored Feb. 12 by the Arkansas Legislature with temporary appointments to meet the representatives’ health care needs, along with those of State Capitol guests. Orthopedic specialist Lawrence O’Malley, M.D., and Jo Smith, a nurse and the director of special projects in the UAMS Center for Patients and Families, were…


February 13, 2019

Sally the Robot Now Serving Custom Salads at UAMS

Liz Caldwell

Laura Rule, service line nursing director, was the first at UAMS to have a salad prepared by Sally the robot.

A robot named Sally — the first robot of its kind in the industry — is making customized salads 24 hours a day at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), providing guests and employees with a healthy meal option to meet individual needs. Sally was installed Jan. 30 in the Lobby Café and…


February 12, 2019

First Responders’ Mental Health Focus of UAMS Nursing Research

Spencer Watson

New research will focus on the mental health needs of first responders, including firefighters and paramedics.

In researching the mental health needs of emergency responders, Sara Jones, Ph.D., APRN, who has long been the spouse of a firefighter/paramedic, reports they have a unique culture, often seen as a brotherhood/sisterhood. But Jones, an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Nursing, has found that even within that family, there are certain things…


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…


February 8, 2019

Little Rock Trojans Honor UAMS Breast Cancer Survivors, Doctor at Annual ‘Pink Night’

Susan Van Dusen

Honorees at the UALR Trojans women's basketball Pink Game were (left to right) Liz Caldwell, Donna Boxley, Laurie Shell, Abby Ellington, Terri Seiter and Issam Makhoul, M.D.

There was plenty of pink to go around Feb. 7 when UAMS breast cancer survivors were honored by the UALR women’s basketball team at their annual Pink Night.

Five survivors, along with hematologist oncologist Issam Makhoul, M.D., were introduced to the crowd and joined the Little Rock Trojans on the court for the national anthem prior to their game against the Troy University Trojans.


February 6, 2019

Digitally Assisted System Improves Retina Surgery

Amy Widner

Surgical Technician Don Kinney demonstrates the Ngenuity 3D Visualization System during surgery.

The Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at UAMS is now using the Ngenuity 3D Visualization System for surgeries on the eye’s retina as part of its ongoing effort to harness the latest technology in the name of improving patient care. Designed for digitally assisted vitreoretinal surgery, the system makes performing these surgeries easier for…


February 5, 2019

Amanda George is UAMS Vice Chancellor for Finance and CFO; Jake Stover Named Chief Administrative Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Finance

Linda Haymes

Amanda George, CPA, has been named vice chancellor for finance and chief financial officer of UAMS.

  LITTLE ROCK — Two financial officers have been promoted recently at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Amanda George, CPA, has been named vice chancellor for finance and chief financial officer of UAMS. George previously served as associate vice chancellor for clinical finance and CFO of the integrated clinical enterprise. Jake Stover…


January 25, 2019

UAMS Honors MLK with Celebration of Diversity and Call to Service

Spencer Watson

Faculty, students and staff listen to keynote speaker Tracy Steele during the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Dozens of UAMS employees gathered for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, sponsored by the Center for Diversity Affairs, which celebrated the legacy of service advocated by the slain civil rights icon and included the presentation of the Unity Award for completing a collaborative service project.


January 23, 2019

Arkansas Legislators Offer Support to UAMS Cancer Institute, Tour Campus

Susan Van Dusen

State Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View gives a thumbs up after announcing legislative support for the UAMS Cancer Institute’s quest to achieve NCI Designation. She is joined by fellow members of the Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus, including co-lead sponsor Rep. Michelle Gray (in red jacket).

A group of Arkansas legislators proclaimed their support of a UAMS initiative to expand its cancer research and treatment efforts during a Jan. 23 event at the state Capitol.



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