Myeloma Center


November 15, 2021

Pioneering Researcher Returns to UAMS Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

“Dr. Shaughnessy’s return to UAMS expands and strengthens our research and subsequent treatment here at the Myeloma Center,” said Fenghuang “Frank” Zhan, director of research at the Myeloma Center.

John D. Shaughnessy, Jr., Ph.D., has rejoined the Myeloma Center in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a principal staff scientist and professor of medicine. “It feels great to be back,” said Shaughnessy, whose research is focused on developing new targeted therapies for multiple myeloma,…


November 10, 2021

UAMS Raises $15 Million Toward NCI Designation

Benjamin Waldrum

From left to right, Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Director Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, Chris and Kim Fowler, and James Suen, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) announced today that it has raised more than $15 million towards NCI Designation, the halfway point toward its $30 million goal.


September 21, 2021

Be a Part of the Cure Telethon Raises $400,000

Marty Trieschmann

Event Chairs Natalie and Win Rockefeller and Emcee KATV’s Renee Shapiro welcome viewers to the telethon.

The 2nd annual Be a Part of the Cure Telethon to benefit the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s research and treatment programs raised nearly $400,000 despite a second year of pandemic challenges. “Cancer has affected us all, and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute continues to see patients, provide treatment and take care of…


August 24, 2021

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute ‘Be a Part of the Cure’ Telethon Airs Statewide on ABC Sept. 8

Marty Trieschmann

"Be A Part of The Cure" and text or call in your donation in support of our cancer research efforts.

Arkansans are invited to “Be a Part of the Cure” on Sept. 8 when the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) holds its second televised event to raise funds and awareness for its cancer research and treatment programs. The event is set for 11 a.m. – 6:30…


August 10, 2021

Samer Al Hadidi, M.D., Joins the UAMS Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

Samer Al Hadidi, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Samer Al Hadidi, M.D., has joined the Myeloma Center in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he will treat patients with myeloma and other plasma cell disorders. “I’m very happy to welcome Dr. Al Hadidi to our staff,” said Frits van Rhee,…


August 9, 2021

UAMS Offering Revolutionary CAR T-Cell Therapy for Myeloma Patients

Linda Haymes

“This offers an entirely new treatment option for relapsed myeloma patients,” said Myeloma Center clinical director Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D. “It is a whole new class of treatment; it’s like immunotherapy is coming of age.”

The Myeloma Center at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is offering a new cutting-edge immunotherapy treatment for myeloma patients. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the first and only medical facility in Arkansas approved to provide cellular therapy to myeloma patients.


May 20, 2021

Riney Foundation Gives $1.8 Million to UAMS Myeloma Center in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Benjamin Waldrum

The Paula and Rodger Riney Foundation's gift will support multiple myeloma research at the UAMS Myeloma Center.

LITTLE ROCK — The Paula and Rodger Riney Foundation announced a gift of $1.8 million to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Myeloma Center in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute to fund multiple myeloma research. “Paula and I are pleased to invest in the UAMS Myeloma Center, which has made great strides…


April 28, 2021

UAMS Cancer Institute’s Volunteers, Paused by the Pandemic, Ready to Return

Linda Haymes

Stuart Cobb, a myeloma survivor who volunteers with the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and serves on its board of advisors, picks up a sweet thank-you from Julia Hamra of the Cancer Institute's Volunteer Services and Auxiliary department during a recent appreciation drive-thru event for the institute's nearly 70 volunteers.

(UAMS) The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s nearly 70 volunteers may have been out of sight for more than a year thanks to COVID-19, but they have remained close at heart to the Cancer Institute’s staff. For employees of Cancer Institute’s Volunteer Services and Auxiliary department, time and distance has not diminished their appreciation…


April 23, 2021

Twist of fate Leads to Myeloma Diagnosis for Longtime Survivor

Linda Haymes

“I am blessed to live so close to the Myeloma Center,” said Bennie Utley, 79, of Cabot, a myeloma survivor of 16 years. “It really is a state-of the-art facility.”

A persistent sore spot on his thigh led Bennie Utley of Cabot to ask his family doctor about it in early 2005. “It was about four inches wide and eight or 10 inches long,” Utley, 79, recalled. “He told me I was wearing my belt too tight.” Utley was not satisfied with the diagnosis and…


March 22, 2021

Friends Travel Miles, Bring Smiles as Myeloma Patient Begins Treatment

Linda Haymes

Friends of myeloma patient Christie Mink, 51, of Jonesboro traveled to UAMS in Little Rock to welcome her and her husband Jeffery in an emotional display of support.

On her first day of treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Myeloma Center, Christie Mink returned from a lunch break with husband Jeffery to find one sweet treat awaiting her just outside the doors of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Eight friends, all wearing black T-shirts emblazoned with “Her fight…



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