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April 15, 2021

UAMS Vaccinates More Than 1,100 Arkansans at Weekend Vaccination Clinics

Karmen Robinson

Andrew Roshell IV, 16, gets his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine during the first COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic on April 10.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) vaccinated more than 1,100 Arkansans at weekend vaccination clinics in the Little Rock metro area. UAMS administered 487 Pfizer vaccines during the first of four Community Vaccination Clinics at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock on April 10. The next three clinics will be held on…


Estate of Eleanor Karam Gives $2.7 Million to Support UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging

Benjamin Waldrum

From left, Jean Maier Dean and John Blakney with the late Eleanor Karam. Karam's estate gift will help advance clinical care, research and education for older Arkansans.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $2.7 million gift from the estate of Eleanor Karam to support the highest priorities of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. “Ms. Eleanor was a true visionary with a huge heart,” said Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., director of the institute….


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.


UAMS Health Breaks Ground on New Surgical Hospital on Main Campus

Ben Boulden

Chancellor Cam Patterson speaks before the groundbreaking ceremony for the new UAMS Surgical Hospital.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) broke ground today in a ceremony marking the start of the construction of the $85 million, UAMS Health Surgical Hospital, which is expected to be complete by spring 2023. The project is being paid for by a bond issue approved this year by the…


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.


April 2, 2021

Little Rock Woman Walks Out of Hospital Two Hours After Back Surgery

Katrina Dupins

After more than a year of back pain, Sammie Rose got her life back thanks to Sam Overley, M.D., at the UAMS Orthopaedic Clinic at Colonel Glenn. Rose left the hospital two hours after her back surgery, making her the first UAMS patient to go home the same day.

When Sammie Kaye Rose woke up from her surgery on Jan. 4, she was pleased to find the back pain that kept her movement limited for more than a year was completely gone.


April 1, 2021

Community Partners Come Together to Fight COVID-19; 4 Mass Vaccination Clinics Set for Arena in North Little Rock

Ben Boulden

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson speaks April 1 at a news conference at Simmons Bank Arena.

LITTLE ROCK — COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinics will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on four dates in April, May and June at Simmons Bank Arena, 1 Simmons Bank Arena Drive in North Little Rock.


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…



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