Patient Stories

James Pruss as Santa Claus listening to Christmas wishes.

Santa Gets Back to Work After Wrist Repair at UAMS

For the first time in decades, James Pruss is spending this December making appearances as Santa Claus. Until the Spaghetti with Santa event in North Little Rock on Dec. 2, Pruss says he had forgotten how much he enjoys the gig. “It’s fun to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they see me…

Kidney recipient John Drossopolus says he's happy to no longer schedule his life around dialysis.

In 2018, Fort Smith Man Received UAMS’ 2018th transplant.

On Nov. 29, 2018, John Drossopolus’ rode his mountain bike for the first time in more than five months. While his strength was not 100 percent, the Fort Smith man feels he is almost there. Drossopolus’ personal mantra is three-pronged and it starts with having a positive attitude. He was living with chronic kidney disease…

Alventena Cobb

Violinist Plays Again Thanks to Spinal Cord Stimulation

Alventena Cobb of Conway is a professional musician. She’s played the violin for more than 30 years and has instructed many students. Cobb uses her instrument as a method of expression. So when a shoulder injury prevented her from picking up her bow and strings, she felt incomplete.

Jessica Stacy and her son Wesley play together days after their kidney surgeries.

Morrilton Mom Donates Kidney to Toddler Son

The pain following surgery ended up being greater than she anticipated, but Jessica Stacy says she would change it for nothing. The Morrilton mother smiles as she watches her 2-year-old son play happily with his toys, 10 days after she’d given him one of her kidneys.

Carrie Stewart playing golf

Screening Leads to Early Cancer Diagnosis and Early Cure

During a visit with her primary care physician last fall, Carrie Stewart decided to schedule a routine colonoscopy. “It was time anyway because I was 50,” Stewart said. “My doctor helped me get set up and I went in for the procedure Dec. 27.” The physician performing the colonoscopy saw a growth on the imaging…

Karen Abbott, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Neurosurgery, have received a $604,208 NIH grant to study an abnormal protein found in ovarian cancer and some brain tumors.

UAMS Cancer Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Develop New Cancer Therapies

LITTLE ROCK — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have received a $604,208 grant to study how an abnormal protein found in ovarian cancer and some brain tumors helps tumors grow. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the three-year grant to Karen Abbott, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAMS College…

Mohamed Kamel, M.D. and Megan Thomas, A.P.R.N discuss imaging results.

Targeted Prostate Biopsy Yields More Accurate Results

The Urology Clinic at UAMS is now offering a targeted prostate biopsy that can detect cancer that conventional biopsy may miss. Mohamed Kamel, M.D., a urologic oncologist and associate professor of urology at UAMS, says this technology, which is only a few years old, allows doctors to pinpoint areas more precisely, leading to more accurate…

Porsha Hart, 37, says she's grateful Gloria Richard-Davis preserved her fertility when removing her uterine fibroids.

Dallas Woman Calls UAMS Fertility Specialist her “Angel Doctor”

Porsha Hart was diagnosed with uterine fibroids when she was 25 years old. Also known as leiomyomas, fibroids are a benign tumor of smooth muscle found in the uterus. Hart says they were causing her to have an overactive bladder, heavy bleeding during her menstrual cycles and pelvic pressure. “I was uncomfortable,” Hart said. “And…

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