Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute


August 21, 2019

Neurosurgeon Erika Petersen, M.D., Awarded for Work to Improve Pain Treatment

Amy Widner

Dr. Petersen holding award

Erika Petersen, M.D. a neurosurgeon at UAMS, has received the inaugural Clinical Excellence Award from the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience for her work to advance the treatment of pain. “Dr. Peterson’s recent achievements in research, education and clinical care made her an overwhelmingly unanimous choice,” said Dawood Sayed, M.D., president of the American…


June 17, 2019

New Spinal Surgery Gets Pulaski County Man Back on His Feet

Katrina Dupins

Raper visits Radvany at UAMS.

Six months after a fall left him severely injured, Dewey Raper, 65, was not healing as quickly as he thought he would. “I spent so much time in a wheelchair, a walker and on crutches,” Raper said. “Eventually, I got an MRI. Dr. Radvany viewed it and took the case over.” Martin Radvany, M.D., is…


May 2, 2019

Study May Bring Options for Children with Tourette Syndrome

Amy Widner

McAlister posing for photo with family

Barrett McAlister hopes an ongoing clinical trial at UAMS can help establish a new treatment for Tourette syndrome in children so they can focus on being kids, playing and learning, without worrying about being “different.” “If they’ve got a chance at a normal life, I say take it,” McAlister said. “Take it with both hands.”…


April 29, 2019

Woman Relaxed for First Time in Years After Complex Spine Surgery

Katrina Dupins

Denise Frerichs visits Kazemi in his clinic at UAMS.

Last fall, just getting out of a chair and walking from one room to the next was a labored and painful experience for Denise Frerichs. The pain was excruciating and it ran down from her back to her legs. “The pain started about two years ago. At first I thought it would get better. I…


April 23, 2019

Fifth Year of Parkinson’s Symposium Marks Continued Growth

Amy Widner

Demonstrator leading audience in chair yoga

The Parkinson’s Symposium continues to grow each year, welcoming more people who want to learn about the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The fifth annual event was held April 7 in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at UAMS, with nearly 200 people in attendance. “Some people have…


April 16, 2019

Physician Treats Rare Cerebrovascular Disease, Restores Patient’s Vision

Katrina Dupins

Valerie Hutchens sees Martin Radvany, M.D. for a follow-up appointment.

The first thing Valerie Hutchens noticed when she woke up in the recovery room after surgery was how much clearer the voices around her sounded. “I can hear you!” she said to her surgeon, Martin Radvany, M.D., UAMS interventional neuroradiologist. Among the myriad of symptoms Hutchens experienced with idiopathic intracranial hypertension was a constant whooshing…


April 10, 2019

Football Player Recovers from Cervical Spine Trauma

Katrina Dupins

CJ Johnson visits David Bumpass, M.D. for a follow-up months after surgery.

The Arkansas Tech Wonderboys defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State Oct. 27, 2018, ending a four-game losing streak and marking the first time in 26 years the Wonderboys defeated the Savage Storm on the road. With 46.5 seconds left in the game, the Savage Storm still had a chance to win. They were within scoring range on…


April 4, 2019

New Treatment for Parkinson’s Patients Improves Drug’s Effectiveness

Katrina Dupins

Metish Lotia, M.D. and Shannon Doerhoff, A.P.R.N. go over settings with Mark Avra on his Duopa pump.

He no longer feels comfortable climbing ladders, but Mark Avra says there is plenty of work to be done on the ground. Avra is a builder and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008. “I had two houses going at once and had to have extra help to finish them,” Avra said. “I realized then I…


March 26, 2019

Erin Willis, M.D., Recognized by National MS Society for Pediatric Care

Amy Widner

Dr. Willis receiving plaque

Sometimes to make a difference, you have to chart your own path.It’s safe to say that Erin Willis, M.D., did just that. Willis is the first and only pediatric neurologist in Arkansas specializing in the treatment of multiple sclerosis in children.


March 18, 2019

Neurostimulator Significantly Reduces Seizures for Missouri Man

Katrina Dupins

Matthew Pinegar visits Viktoras Palys, M.D. in a follow-up appointment after his RNS Surgery.

Matthew Pinegar was 3 months old when he had his first seizure. He was put on medication to keep them at bay, then taken off the medicine in junior high. “It wasn’t until I was 21 when I had my first grand mal,” Pinegar said. “After that happened and I looked back, I’m sure I…



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