UAMS News


March 21, 2019

Grateful Texan Holds Party for Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

Myeloma patient Laura Drake and husband Marty of Idalou, Texas, celebrate her continued remission annually with a cocktail party in Lubbock with their friends. The party raises awareness of the disease and money, more than $5000, for the Myeloma Center.

March 21, 2019 | Texan Laura Drake loves a good party — especially when it’s raising money for a worthy cause. Since Drake’s remission from myeloma in January 2014, that worthy cause has been helping fellow myeloma patients at UAMS. For the past three years, the 57-year-old church secretary and husband Marty, a cotton farmer,…


March 20, 2019

Clergy Invited to UAMS-Sponsored Event April 9 on Advance Care Planning

Susan Van Dusen

Members of the clergy of all faiths are invited to attend a free educational event sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) on the importance of advance care planning.


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…


March 15, 2019

Rasco Symposium Offers Insights on GI Cancer Therapy, Research

Susan Van Dusen

Rasco Symposium course director A. Mazin Safar, M.D., (left) pauses a moment with keynote speaker Ryan B. Corcoran, M.D., Ph.D., (center) and Issam Makhoul, M.D., director of the UAMS Divisions of Medical Oncology and Hematology, during the event.

About 125 health care professionals gathered March 8 at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute to learn about the latest advances in gastrointestinal (GI) cancer diagnosis and therapy.


March 12, 2019

UAMS Sets Spring Computer Classes for Adults

Linda Haymes

LITTLE ROCK – Two computer classes – everything about iPad/iPhone and Computer Basics – and one two-hour workshop, Online Banking & Shopping, will be taught this spring for adults at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. The courses will be presented by the Little Rock Digital Learning…


March 11, 2019

Physician Living with Parkinson’s: No One Should Go Through It Alone

Katrina Dupins

Glenn Davis, M.D., was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007.

Every year in America, health care professionals diagnose 50,000 to 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease. In 2007, Glenn Davis, M.D., was one of those patients, though he’d experienced symptoms a few years prior.


Bill Signing Propels UAMS Cancer Institute’s Quest for NCI Designation

Susan Van Dusen

(From left) Arkansas Sen. Missy Irvin; UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA; and Rep. Michelle Gray look on as Gov. Asa Hutchinson (seated) signs Senate Bill 151 in support of the UAMS Cancer Institute's quest for National Cancer Institute Designation.

With the stroke of a pen, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson brought the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute one step closer to its goal of achieving National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designation.


March 7, 2019

Patterson Discusses Finances, Raises in First State of the University Address

Yavonda Chase

Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, addresses employees during his first State of the University presentation. Patterson said he is committed to ensuring every UAMS employee is paid a living wage.

Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, addressed a packed house Tuesday as he delivered his first State of the University address in the Fred Smith Auditorium in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.


March 6, 2019

Twelve Programs Receive Grants from UAMS Chancellor’s Circle

Benjamin Waldrum

Chancellor Patterson speaks at the awards ceremony. Twelve UAMS programs received grants totaling $425,000.

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, awarded 12 program grants totaling a record-tying $425,000 at the annual Chancellor’s Circle Grant Awards ceremony and reception held March 5. The funds awarded match the record set last year by the Chancellor’s Circle, which provides funds to support key mission areas in health care education, research and patient…


Cancer Diagnosis Gives UAMS Medical Student New Perspective

Susan Van Dusen

Third-year UAMS College of Medicine student and cancer survivor Corbin Norton (center) with his medical oncologist Rashmi Verma, M.D., (right) and nurse Jason Guenther, R.N.

With his first medical licensing exam in the books, Corbin Norton was ready to relax. “It was a really tough exam. I had been studying for weeks,” the 27-year-old UAMS College of Medicine student said.



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