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July 16, 2021

Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas Awards Grants Totaling $1.95 Million for UAMS K-12 Behavioral Health Programs

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, speaks at the press conference. Seated behind him are (from left) Marcy Doderer, president and CEO, Arkansas Children's (not pictured); Curtis Barnett, president and CEO, Arkansas Blue Cross; Governor Asa Hutchinson and Rebecca Pittillo, executive director, Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received grants totaling $1.95 million from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas to support two key behavioral health programs. Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the largest health insurer in Arkansas, established the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier…


July 12, 2021

UAMS College of Nursing Adds New Programs

Spencer Watson

New UAMS College of Nursing programs include an accelerated bachelor’s degree for early and mid-career students transitioning into nursing and a new graduate focus on case management.

To meet the changing demands of the health care workforce, the UAMS College of Nursing is making programmatic changes for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


July 6, 2021

Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Hosts First Summer Research Intensive for Medical Students

Marty Trieschmann

The NIH-funded Partners in Cancer Research Program is underway at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Second-year medical students learning clinical and in-depth cancer research this summer include (l to r) Nadia Safar, Anna Bragg, Pamela Rosales, Payton Smith, Carl Ramponi, Faizan Cheema, Tom Kelly, M.D. (associate director of Cancer Research and Training), Angel Castro, Robert Kiss, Delanie Mack, Sangeetha Sonney and Claire Keisling. Matthew Newman is not pictured.

New discoveries in cancer treatment might come from 24-year-old Nadia Safar, one of 12 UAMS medical students participating in the state’s first and only undergraduate cancer research program at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.  


June 29, 2021

Family’s Happy Ending Almost Derailed by COVID-19

Linda Satter

Ashton and Charles Reed visit their daughter, Celia Ann, in the UAMS NICU. Celia was born at 30 weeks as Ashton Reed battled COVID.

Celia Ann Reed was two weeks old when her parents got to hold her for the first time in a hospital room at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center.


June 28, 2021

UAMS Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care Designation

Ben Boulden

UAMS Medical Center has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. A UAMS sonographer, left, performs an ultrasound on a pregnant mother.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.


June 24, 2021

UAMS’ First Phase 1 Cancer Clinical Trial Testing New Way to Protect Hearts while Treating Cancer

David Robinson

UAMS' Hui-Ming Chang, M.D., is leading the Phoenix Trial.

LITTLE ROCK — The drug dexrazoxane has a reputation akin to someone who both fights and sets fires. On the one hand, this Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug prevents heart damage caused by doxorubicin, which is used in chemotherapy. On the other hand, dexrazoxane may undermine the cancer treatment, causing many doctors to leave…


June 21, 2021

‘Women Helping Women’ Art Donations Adorn Walls of Newly Opened UAMS Breast Center

Linda Haymes

Gwendolyn Bryant-Smith, M.D., director of the Breast Center at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and Natalie Rockefeller, who serves on the institute's board of directors, prepare to see "Hope Blooms" by local artist Morgan Coven Herndon hung as one of the first three of several works are displayed in the center.

The first piece that went up for sale one late afternoon in early April couldn’t have been more aptly named. “Hope Blooms,” shows a bouquet of colorful flowers, appearing to burst forth from a blue glass jar. Artist Morgan Coven Herndon’s 48 x 48-inch acrylic and latex on gallery-wrapped canvas was $850 plus tax. It…


June 18, 2021

Back in the Saddle: Ferndale Woman Returns to Riding after Hip Replacements

Katrina Dupins

Porter riding Jitterbug Dancer

  Linda Porter of Ferndale loves horseback riding. She began taking lessons when she was 9 years old. “That was the only way I had of riding when I was that young,” Porter said. “I didn’t get my own horse until I was about 50. But I always loved them. I love the outdoors and…


June 17, 2021

UAMS Performs State’s First HIV-to-HIV Kidney Transplant

Linda Satter

Emmanouil Giorgakis, M.D., in white coat.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has performed the first transplant in Arkansas from an HIV-positive donor to an HIV-positive recipient. The successful kidney transplant from a deceased person who had the human immunodeficiency virus was performed in May by Emmanouil Giorgakis, M.D., a transplant surgeon in the UAMS College…


June 15, 2021

UAMS Among First in Nation to Use Newly Approved Deep Brain Stimulation Technology

Linda Satter

Erika Peterson, M.D., performs deep brain stimulation in the operating room.

LITTLE ROCK — Shortly after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved a new version of a device used for deep brain stimulation, doctors at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) became one of the first 12 sites in the country and the first in Arkansas to use it.



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