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November 6, 2018

G. Richard Smith, M.D., Named Chairman of UAMS Department of Psychiatry

Tim Taylor

LITTLE ROCK — G. Richard Smith, M.D., has been named chairman of the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and director of UAMS’ Psychiatric Research Institute. Smith served as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry from 2001 to 2013, during which he oversaw the…


October 31, 2018

Klimberg Lectureship Brings Breast Cancer Luminaries Back to UAMS

David Robinson

Isabel Rubio, M.D., Ph.D., with Suzanne Klimberg, M.D., Ph.D., said Klimberg and UAMS changed her life.

Breast cancer treatments have improved dramatically over the last 20 years, with UAMS surgical pioneers such as V. Suzanne Klimberg, M.D., Ph.D., and Isabel T. Rubio, M.D., Ph.D., helping lead the way. Rubio, of Madrid, Spain, spent time at UAMS starting in 1996 as a Virginia Clinton Breast Oncology Fellow. She recently shared some of…


October 30, 2018

Sue Ward Named UAMS Cancer Institute Volunteer of the Year

Susan Van Dusen

Sue Ward (right), UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute 2018 Volunteersof the Year, with Janie Lowe, director of volunteer services and auxiliary.

With more than 2,000 volunteer hours behind her and countless more ahead, Sue Ward’s giving spirit shows no sign of slowing down.


UAMS Myeloma Center Team Rides for Research

Linda Haymes

Volunteer Blake Pond with the Myeloma Center shares water and Gatorade with riders at the center's aid station in Burns Park during the 2018 Ride for Research on Sept. 29.

Oct. 30, 2018 | For the second year in a row, a team of cyclists organized by the UAMS Myeloma Center, including patients, relatives, friends, supporters and at least 24 UAMS employees, rode in the second annual event Ride for Research on Sept. 29 to raise awareness of and more than $30,000 for research of…


October 26, 2018

After Mammogram Reveals Cancer, Mom of 3 Fights Back

Susan Van Dusen

Abby Ellington (left) dons her pink boxing gloves for her ongoing fight against breast cancer. She is pictured with her surgeon, Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D.

When Abby Ellington got the call about a suspicious spot on her mammogram, she wasn’t worried. She had a scare seven years earlier, before a biopsy revealed her to be cancer free.


October 15, 2018

After 57-Year Respite, Little Rock Woman Beats Breast Cancer a Second Time

Susan Van Dusen

After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 84, Joyce Faulkner of Little Rock encourages women to continue receiving annual mammograms throughout their lifetime.

The year was 1961, and football season was in full swing. With her tickets in hand, University of Arkansas alumna Joyce Faulkner headed to Fayetteville to watch her beloved Razorbacks take the field. But first, she had one stop to make.


October 10, 2018

UAMS Orthopaedic Surgeon Bumpass Among Nation’s Top Young Spine Professionals for 2018

Linda Haymes

Dr. David Bumpass

LITTLE ROCK — David Bumpass, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was named one of the nation’s outstanding young spine care providers by the North American Spine Society’s SpineLine magazine in its inaugural “20 Under 40” list honoring spine professionals under the age of 40. Bumpass, 37, is…


October 8, 2018

UAMS Physician Establishes International Guidelines for Treating Castleman Disease

Linda Haymes

Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D., a myeloma researcher and clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, recently led an international medical team in establishing treatment guidelines for Castleman disease, a rare disorder of the lymph nodes and related tissues.

LITTLE ROCK — Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D., a myeloma researcher and clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was lead author on a recently published paper that for the first time establishes treatment guidelines for patients with a form of Castleman disease, a rare disorder of the lymph nodes and related…


October 1, 2018

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer While Pregnant, Young Mom Puts Her Trust in UAMS

Susan Van Dusen

Carley Neill shares a joyful moment with her daughter, Emory, and newborn son Eli.

Carley Neill was 16 weeks pregnant when she felt the lump. The busy mom of an active toddler, Neill knew this was something she could not ignore.


September 27, 2018

Myeloma Diagnosis Amid National Tragedy Solidifies Patient’s Gratitude

Linda Haymes

Janis Bendinger of Kansas City, Kansas, who was treated here in 2001, is currently in remission with no maintenance, and continues to count her blessings.

A severe backache 17 years ago led to Janis Bendinger being diagnosed with myeloma. Then living in Philadelphia, she was referred to UAMS for treatment. But amid her own personal crisis, a national tragedy of historic proportion erupted the day before her flight. “I was supposed to fly from Baltimore to Little Rock on Sept….



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