September 20, 2019

UAMS First Hospital in Arkansas Approved to Provide Breakthrough CAR T-Cell Therapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Susan Van Dusen

T cells

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the first and only hospital in Arkansas approved to provide a revolutionary new therapy for certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy uses new technology to genetically modify a patient’s own T cells, enabling them to seek and destroy…

September 18, 2019

Danielle Lombard-Sims, Ph.D., Named UAMS Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Benjamin Waldrum

Lombard-Sims brings extensive human resources experience to UAMS.

LITTLE ROCK — Danielle Lombard-Sims, Ph.D., has been named vice chancellor for human resources at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), effective Sept. 16. Lombard-Sims replaces Jeff Risinger, who left UAMS in April for another position. She came to UAMS from Regional One Health in Memphis, Tennessee. Before that she was vice president…

September 17, 2019

Study Co-authored by UAMS Doctor Shows Benefit of Facebook Patient Support Groups in Rare Cancer Research

Susan Van Dusen

(From left) Marjorie David, M.D.; Gayle Dicker; and Jerad Gardner, M.D., presented their research at the 2016 American Society of Dermatopathology Annual Meeting in Chicago. Dicker was one of five patients with dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans who served on a Patient Advisory Board for the study.

LITTLE ROCK – An article co-authored by Jerad Gardner, M.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) demonstrates the ability to use international Facebook patient support groups to rapidly reach large numbers of rare cancer survivors.

September 16, 2019

Alter G Treadmill Defies Gravity to Help Patients Heal

Katrina Dupins


E-Stem High School Senior Haley Franklin will be at full capacity in time for basketball season following surgery in April to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee. “It happened when we were going over plays in practice. I bumped into another person and twisted my knee,” Franklin said. “That was in…

Radiation Oncologist Gary Lewis, M.D., Joins UAMS

Susan Van Dusen

Gary Lewis, MD

Radiation oncologist Gary Lewis, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and sees patients at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center.

September 13, 2019

Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., Named UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Director

Susan Van Dusen

Michael Birrer

Internationally recognized medical oncologist Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., has been named vice chancellor and director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Birrer specializes in gynecologic cancers and will join the university by the end of the year.

September 10, 2019

Testicular Cancer Patient Advises Others to Seek Treatment at First Sign of Change

Katrina Dupins

Bradley Patty

Bradley Patty recently finished his last cycle of chemotherapy treatment for testicular cancer at UAMS. His prognosis is good. He and his wife, Marlenis Patty, are looking forward to the birth of their sixth child. Patty noticed a lump about a year ago, but he didn’t immediately go get it checked out. Soon after he…

September 9, 2019

UAMS Celebrates Diversity Month with Address, Awards

Spencer Watson

Dr. Edith Irby Jones Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award winners (from left) Gregory Robinson, Ph.D., Danviona King and April Hughes.

Dozens of UAMS students, faculty and staff from throughout campus gathered for a celebration to kick off Diversity Month, at which Brian Gittens, Ed.D., who joined UAMS in June as the new vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, presented his inaugural State of Diversity address. The event also included the presentation of the Dr….

UAMS Partners Card Offers Shoppers and Diners 20% Discount at More Than 220 Locations

Susan Van Dusen

Attention all shoppers! More than 220 shops and restaurants in central and northwest Arkansas and Conway will offer discounts Oct. 25 – Nov. 3 with Partners Card, a fundraising project of the volunteer auxiliary of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

September 3, 2019

Cabot Man Back in the Garden after Carotid Repair

Katrina Dupins

Sam Anderson

As he waits for a follow-up appointment at UAMS, Samuel Anderson cannot help but smile when he talks about his love for gardening. “This year I planted tomatoes, beans, peas, okra and squash,” Anderson said. “It was a good garden this year.” Anderson, 77, and his wife Brenda grow enough vegetables to preserve and freeze…

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