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July 2, 2021

Departments of Geriatrics and Pediatrics Win First Place in Quality Improvement Program

Karmen Robinson

(From left to right) Jasmine Crane; Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging director Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D.; Regina Gibson, RN, Ph.D.; and Pat Walker Memory Clinic director Gohar Azhar, M.D. Not pictured: Priya Mendiratta, M.D.; Rosemary Nabaweesi, Dr.Ph.; and Troy Schmit, MHA.

Faculty from UAMS’ Departments of Geriatrics and Pediatrics garnered first place in the Quality Improvement for Advanced Learners Program (QIALP) for their exploration of racial disparity in screening methods among dementia patients.


July 1, 2021

UAMS Neurologist Co-Authors Best Practices Paper for Treating 2 Parkinson’s-related Disorders

Linda Satter

Rohit Dhall, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — A neurologist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has co-authored a paper in a leading neurology journal that provides the first best-practices consensus for treating two rare Parkinson’s-related disorders. Rohit Dhall, M.D., a professor of neurology in the College of Medicine and director of neurodegenerative disorders at UAMS, was…


June 29, 2021

UAMS Physicians See Dramatic Increase In Postpartum Psychosis Cases during COVID-19 Pandemic

Tim Taylor

Jessica Coker, M.D., (left) and Erin Bider, M.D., collaborated on a paper detailing the rise in cases of postpartum psychosis they saw at UAMS' Women's Mental Health Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LITTLE ROCK — Postpartum psychosis is a serious, albeit rare illness, compared to the number of postpartum depression cases seen in the United States.


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 23, 2021

UAMS Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic Recognized as Age-Friendly Health System

Vanessa Lee

The UAMS Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic, part of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, has attained Level I Certification as an Age-Friendly Health System, a designation provided by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

LITTLE ROCK — The UAMS Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic in the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging has successfully attained Level I Certification as an Age-Friendly Health System.


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 3, 2021

UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging Receives $1.9 Million Grant to Research Link Between Blood Sugar, Alzheimer’s Disease

Karmen Robinson

Steven Barger, Ph.D.

The Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health.


June 1, 2021

Jenkins to Help Lead Clinical Trials Expansion at UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Linda Haymes

Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., CCRP, leads Early Phase Clinical Trials in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s new Office of Clinical Trials Administration.

LITTLE ROCK — Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., CCRP, recently joined the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s new Office of Clinical Trials Administration and will lead the Early Phase Clinical Trials at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


May 28, 2021

Minimally Invasive Brain Tumor Removal Gives Morrilton Grandmother ‘a Second Chance’

Katrina Dupins

Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., and neurosurgical resident Marcus Stephens, M.D. perform surgery.

Mary Harris enjoys traveling with her daughters and granddaughters, and the family looks forward to their trips three times a year. And though the pandemic caused them to postpone for a while, they are ready to resume with a trip to Branson in June. In 2016, Harris began having a continued cough and constant bronchitis….


May 25, 2021

UAMS Breaks Ground on New Radiation Oncology Center, Will House First Proton Center in Arkansas

Linda Satter

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks Tuesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center as UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, looks on. The expanded Radiation Oncology Center will house Arkansas’ first Proton Center, a partnership between UAMS, Baptist Health, Arkansas Children's and Proton International.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) broke ground today on an expanded Radiation Oncology Center, which will be home to Arkansas’ first Proton Center. The Radiation Oncology Center, part of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, already offers cutting-edge technologies to provide the latest radiation treatments. It will continue to provide those…



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