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March 9, 2021

UAMS-Led Digital Health Stroke Program Helps Improve Arkansas’ Stroke Deaths Ranking

Ben Boulden

Freda Dodd of Marmaduke is one of thousands of stroke survivors treated through the Institute for Digital Health & Innovation's Stroke Program.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas recently fell from seventh place to 13th place in the nation in the number of stroke deaths per capita, an achievement health officials credit in part to a statewide digital health program of stroke education and treatment led by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). In 2011, Arkansas was…


March 8, 2021

Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., Named Dean of the UAMS College of Medicine

Yavonda Chase

Susan S. Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., will join UAMS on June 1 as the next College of Medicine dean, succeeding Christopher Westall, M.D., who is retiring after 24 years at UAMS.

LITTLE ROCK — Susan S. Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., has been named executive vice chancellor and dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), effective June 1.


March 5, 2021

ENT Surgeon Reconstructs Man’s Face After Gun Explodes

Linda Satter

David Miller and his wife, Jennifer, 4 months after the accident

When 53-year-old David Miller of Beebe arrived at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) on the evening of Nov. 12 by Med Flight helicopter, the left side of his face was protruding several inches beyond the rest of his head. Hours earlier, he and a friend were in a pasture outside Newark preparing…


March 4, 2021

Razorbacks partner with UAMS to serve Razorback student-athletes

News Staff

UAMS's Ramon Ylanan, M.D., who will serve as one of the primary physicians for Razorback Athletics.

FAYETTEVILLE – Razorback Athletics has partnered with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to provide comprehensive care for 465+ Razorback student-athletes. As part of the medical services agreement, UAMS will provide daily medical coverage to all 19 Razorback sport programs. The four-year agreement was activated on January 1, 2021 and runs through December 31,…


March 1, 2021

Arkansas Legislators Donate Funds to Support Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s Quest for NCI Designation

Linda Haymes

Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View and Rep. Michelle Gray of Melbourne, backed by more than a dozen other members of the Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus, presented an oversized check for $2,021 to Michael J. Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor and director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS during a noon presentation Feb. 25 at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Two years after Arkansas legislators passed legislation supporting UAMS’ efforts to expand its cancer research and treatment efforts, a group of legislators reaffirmed their commitment with personal donations. Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View and Rep. Michelle Gray of Melbourne, backed by more than a dozen other members of the Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus, presented…


February 26, 2021

Marathoner Thanks Heart Team at UAMS

Katrina Dupins

Jon Norcross

Sixty days after a sudden cardiac arrest, Jon Norcross of Little Rock finished a half marathon. It was an exceptional journey to recovery, and he took a moment in January to extend his gratitude on social media for everyone who kept him alive, including a team of cardiovascular experts at UAMS Health.


February 25, 2021

UAMS Researcher Cannon Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Study Vaccination Against Ovarian Cancer

Linda Haymes

“This award will support the development of an integrated and multi-faceted program to target immune suppression using blood cells in the ovarian tumor microenvironment,” said Cannon. “We hope our work will improve responses to immunotherapy, including dendritic cell vaccination.”

LITTLE ROCK —Martin J. Cannon, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been awarded an Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) grant of $900,000 to study dendritic cell vaccination against ovarian cancer. A dendritic cell is a unique immune cell that boosts immune responses by displaying antigens such as toxins…


Chancellor’s State of the University Highlights Accomplishments in Challenging Year

Ben Boulden

Chancellor Cam Patterson, right, listens as Sharanda Williams, chair of the House of Delegates, introduces him Feb. 23 at the State of the University presentation.

Just meeting expectations in clinical care, medical education and research would have been a crowning achievement during the COVID-19 global pandemic, said University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA. But instead, UAMS far exceeded expectations in almost every area.


February 24, 2021

National Proteomics Symposium Draws Leading Scientists Studying Proteins

Linda Haymes

The fifth annual Proteomics Facility Staff Symposium on Feb. 2, held virtually by UAMS, brought together 36 proteomics core directors and staff members from IDeA (Institutional Development Award) states and Puerto Rico to learn more about operating and maintaining these facilities at their institutions.

Biomedical research begins with scientists identifying, analyzing and comparing proteins in biological samples. The complex process requires facilities known as proteomics cores filled with specialized equipment and highly trained staff. The fifth annual Proteomics Facility Staff Symposium on Feb. 2, held virtually by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), brought together 36 proteomics…


February 23, 2021

UAMS Partners with City of Little Rock To Relocate COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Yavonda Chase

Pharmacist Neha Sharma, Pharm.D., and College of Pharmacy student Gabriella Nepomuceno work in the UAMS COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Starting Feb. 25, the clinic is relocating to the Centre at University Park at 6401 West 12th St., in Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK — In partnership with the City of Little Rock, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is moving its public vaccination clinic to a new location.



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