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March 6, 2019

CenteringPregnancy: Bonding, Building Relationships with Other Mothers, Caregivers

Kelley Cooper

Pregnant women in circle touching bellies

If knowledge is power, then the five women who just completed UAMS’s first CenteringPregnancy program will be super moms. CenteringPregnancy is a way to share learning and experiences with other pregnant women and to be involved in their own care. This group of super moms, known as Group 1, began their journey eight months ago…


Cancer Diagnosis Gives UAMS Medical Student New Perspective

Susan Van Dusen

Third-year UAMS College of Medicine student and cancer survivor Corbin Norton (center) with his medical oncologist Rashmi Verma, M.D., (right) and nurse Jason Guenther, R.N.

With his first medical licensing exam in the books, Corbin Norton was ready to relax. “It was a really tough exam. I had been studying for weeks,” the 27-year-old UAMS College of Medicine student said.


March 5, 2019

History Professor Talks 1860 Expulsion of Free Blacks for Black History Month

Spencer Watson

Brian Mitchell, Ph.D., delivers a lecture on the expulsion of free blacks from Arkansas in 1860.

Dozens attended a celebration held to conclude Black History Month hosted by the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs, which featured musical entertainment and a lecture. “Given the way things are in our society, we need to become more proactive and aggressive in addressing some of the issues that go on around us,” said Billy Thomas,…


March 1, 2019

Exhibit Features History of Minority Students, Faculty at UAMS

Spencer Watson

April Hughes standing next to her favorite elements in the exhibit, including a photo taken with Edith Irby Jones and a photo of Jones meeting Martin Luther King, Jr.

Numerous achievements of minorities over the past 70 years of UAMS history, as well as photographs and artifacts that tell the story of minority health care in Arkansas before the end of Jim Crow are on display in a new historical exhibit across from the College of Medicine. The exhibit is sponsored by the UAMS…


Cancer Survivor Hits High Notes, Inspiring Fellow Myeloma Patients

Linda Haymes

Jay Edwards

Even during his own battle with myeloma, Jay Edwards, 60, of Fort Worth, Texas, is always looking for opportunities to comfort and inspire fellow patients at the UAMS Myeloma Center. The musician shares his soothing sounds on the saxophone whenever he has the chance. One memorable occasion was when, as a patient in the midst…


February 27, 2019

Black Expo Offers Health, Entertainment and Shopping

Spencer Watson

Expo volunteers (from left) Margaret Woods, Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., and her son Anders Tillman in front of the UAMS MammoVan.

UAMS provided health screenings along with health education at the 15th Annual Midsouth Summit Black Expo held Feb. 23 at the Little Rock Metroplex. The expo, presented by UAMS, brought together a community of entertainers, health institutions, businesses and other organizations to celebrate Black History Month.


February 21, 2019

Benched Marathoner Returns to Pavement Thanks to UAMS Surgeon

Katrina Dupins

Ted Holder is training for the Boston Marathon in April.

Ted Holder was in his late 50s when he discovered his love for running. Now 65, he says the sport has become a part of his identity. He’s run five marathons, many half marathons and several 10Ks, 5Ks and other races. Holder looks forwards to logging miles and loves the camaraderie of the running community…


February 19, 2019

Nobel Laureate, Cancer Expert to Give Distinguished Lecture

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Varmus

The public is invited to hear Nobel laureate Harold Varmus, M.D., an expert in cancer biology and former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI), at 8:30 a.m. March 12 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The free lecture, “Cancer Research: Then and Now,” will be…


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…



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