UAMS News


January 15, 2019

UAMS AR-IMPACT: Untangling the Opioid Epidemic One Week at a Time

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS AR-IMPACT, nearing its one-year anniversary, received continued funding from the Blue & You Foundation. From left, Curtis Barnett, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield president and CEO; UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA; Patrick O'Sullivan, Blue & You Foundation executive director; and G. Richard Smith, M.D., director of the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute, at the check presentation held Jan. 14.

The UAMS AR-IMPACT program, nearing its one-year anniversary, has a prescription for health care providers: use each week, as needed. Physicians and specialists have taken advantage by video conferencing in from across the state as they battle the opioid epidemic. Through free weekly live video conferences hosted by a multidisciplinary and interprofessional team of UAMS…


January 14, 2019

Pro Visits UAMS for Study of Golfing Motion

Spencer Watson

Members of the research team in the lab with pro golfer Austin Cook (center) and UAMS Orthopaedc Surgery chair Lowry Barnes, M.D.

Standing in a long, rectangular room with his feet firmly planted on an artificial, green turf surrounded by a series of 10 different infrared motion-capture cameras, PGA golfer and Arkansas native Austin Cook aimed carefully with a driver as he prepared to send a golf ball flying from a tee into a net. “I’ve never…


January 2, 2019

Cornea Transplant Saves Vision of NICU Doctor

Spencer Watson

David Warner gives Whit Hall an eye exam after having done a successful cornea transplant.

For Whit Hall, M.D., a constant blurring of his vision made work more difficult. The nature of the work, however, required keen vision. Hall is a neonatologist in the UAMS Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “Many of our babies are very small,” said Hall. “In order to help the babies breathe, for example, we have to…


December 21, 2018

NICU Graduates Visit UAMS Annually to Bring Gifts for Preemies

Katrina Dupins

Harshad (L) and Kovidh Salidi return to the NICU every Christmas with presents for the preemies.

A holiday tradition emerged for the Saladi family with the birth of their twins four years ago. Kovidh and Harshad Saladi spent 11 days in the NICU at UAMS in December 2014. Every year since, they have come back with their parents, Swaroop and Manju, during the Christmas season to give gifts to the NICU…


December 19, 2018

Santa Gets Back to Work After Wrist Repair at UAMS

Katrina Dupins

James Pruss as Santa Claus listening to Christmas wishes.

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…


December 17, 2018

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

Katrina Dupins

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

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…


December 14, 2018

Head Start Elves, Reindeer and Santa Carol at UAMS

Spencer Watson

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson greets students from Head Start Sherwood, who came to carol on campus.

Though a dreary mist darkened the midmorning sky outside, it was all brightness and cheer in the offices of UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, as 19 preschool carolers from UAMS Head Start Sherwood came to spread the holiday spirit.


Minimally Invasive Surgery Yields Successful Outcome for Lung Cancer Survivor

Susan Van Dusen

Mary Davis of Maumelle credits the UAMS Lung Cancer Team with her successful outcome.

Mary Davis shies away from the spotlight.

“I don’t like to be the center of attention,” she said.

But in 2016, when a hacking cough resulted in an unexpected cancer diagnosis, she had no choice but to turn the attention to herself.


December 10, 2018

With the Ring of a Bell, 8-year-old Celebrates End of Radiation Therapy

Susan Van Dusen

Abigail Lewis (center) celebrates with her health care team at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center following her final radiation treatment.

It’s common to hear bells at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center. When a patient completes their final treatment, they celebrate by stepping up to the large brass bell on the wall and giving it a ring.


December 3, 2018

Violinist Plays Again Thanks to Spinal Cord Stimulation

Katrina Dupins

Alventena Cobb

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.



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