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August 13, 2020

Broadband Grants up to $75,000 Available to Rural Arkansas Communities through UAMS

David Robinson

The UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation is accepting applications from Arkansas communities for broadband grants of up to $75,000 each.

LITTLE ROCK — Thirty grants of up to $75,000 each are available to help rural Arkansas communities apply for federal grants and loans to make broadband accessible to their residents. The “Rural Broadband I.D. Expenses Trust Fund Grant,” sponsored by state Sen. Missy Irvin, is funded by the state’s Restricted Reserve Fund and federal coronavirus…


August 12, 2020

Gohar Azhar, M.D., Invested in Jackson T. Stephens Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics Clinical Affairs

Benjamin Waldrum

Azhar, a nationally recognized expert on cardiovascular aging research, is director of clinical research and co-director of cardiovascular aging research at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. She leads the Walker Memory Center and provides geriatrics primary care at the Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic.

Gohar Azhar, M.D., a nationally recognized expert on cardiovascular aging research with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was recently invested  in the Jackson T. Stephens Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics Clinical Affairs. “It is with deep humility that I accept the great honor of the Jackson T. Stephens Distinguished Chair,” Azhar said. “I…


August 11, 2020

Erika Horta, M.D., Joins UAMS as Neuro-Immunologist

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Horta

Erika Horta, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a fellowship-trained neuro-immunologist and neuro-oncologist specializing in multiple sclerosis and brain and spine tumors. She sees multiple sclerosis patients at the UAMS Health Epilepsy and Neurology Clinic in Freeway Medical Tower, Suite 605, 5800 W. 10th St., just off Interstate 630…


August 7, 2020

Pinckard-Dover is First Female to Graduate UAMS Neurosurgery Residency

Amy Widner

Dr. Pinckard-Dover and Dr. Petersen pre-op

It doesn’t take long for many young girls to be exposed to messages about what girls “can” and “cannot” do. Thankfully, Heather Pinckard-Dover never got the memo. She is the first female neurosurgeon to complete a residency at UAMS, Arkansas’ only academic health sciences center. “From the time I was little, my parents were always…


August 5, 2020

$780,000 Federal Grant Will Give UAMS Medical Students Hands-on Cancer Research Experience

Susan Van Dusen

Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., (left) and Richard Nicholas, M.D., received a $780,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to offer a summer research experience for UAMS College of Medicine students.

LITTLE ROCK — A $780,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund a hands-on summer cancer research experience for medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). “Partnership in Cancer Research will provide focused and innovative research experiences in laboratories, community outreach programs and clinics for selected first- and second-year students…


August 4, 2020

AR-Connect Links Arkansans With Virtual Care For Mental Illness, Stress Related to COVID-19

Tim Taylor

Christie Kelly, a licensed clinical social worker and clinic supervisor for AR-Connect, is shown talking to a client via live video.

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansans experiencing mental health issues or stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic may receive immediate help 24 hours a day through the AR-Connect program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) with no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. The program began in May and offers the opportunity to talk to…


Early Melanoma Diagnosis Leads to Positive Outcome for Young Mom

Susan Van Dusen

Dannelley and family portrait

Achieving the perfect tan is a summertime goal for many young women. But for fair-skinned Kristi Dannelley, getting a golden glow was no easy task. That’s why she turned to tanning beds. “I spent hours in tanning beds as a teenager and in my early 20s,” said Dannelley, president of Magna IV in Little Rock….


July 30, 2020

Arny Ferrando, Ph.D., Invested in Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity, Health Promotion and Frailty Prevention

Benjamin Waldrum

Ferrando, who joined UAMS in 2006, co-directs the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, where he is also a professor in the Department of Geriatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine. His career has highlighted nutritional, exercise and pharmacological interventions directed toward the prevention and recovery of muscle loss and function.

LITTLE ROCK — Arny A. Ferrando, Ph.D., a leading authority on skeletal muscle protein metabolism and its relation to muscle function and performance with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested in July in the Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity, Health Promotion and Frailty Prevention. There was no formal…


July 29, 2020

UAMS Radiation Oncology Residency Program Receives Accreditation

Amy Widner

Radiation Oncology Residents

The Radiation Oncology Residency program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which reviews all programs annually. When efforts to launch the program began in 2017, there was no residency training for radiation oncology in the state, and Arkansas was one of…


July 27, 2020

San Francisco Woman Finds Help for Complex Surgery

Katrina Dupins

Bressie & Suen

Claudia Bressie’s tumor was non-cancerous, but it was aggressive and dangerous. Months of consultations at top universities and treatments proved ineffective for the San Francisco woman, until her journey brought her to UAMS. It began in 2017 when Bressie started having swelling, popping and clicking around her jaw. The discomfort grew from there to what…



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