UAMS News


October 21, 2020

Four Physicians Join UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute

Tim Taylor

San Bui, M.D.; James Scott Steele, M.D, Ph.D.; Toby Belknap, M.D.; and Ming Hwei Yek, Psy.D. recently joined the Psychiatric Research Institute.

LITTLE ROCK — The Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently added four new physicians to its faculty. Ming Hwei Yek, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist, is an assistant professor in the UAMS Department of Psychiatry. Yek received a master’s in Clinical Psychology from McGill University of Montreal and…


October 20, 2020

UAMS Researcher Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Study Bone Health, Exercise Connection

Amy Widner

"Scientists have long understood there is a connection between bone size and strength related to physical activity," said Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

LITTLE ROCK — A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how physical activity improves bone health, with possible implications for bone loss from osteoporosis and aging. Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of…


October 13, 2020

Mother, Daughter Support Each Other Through Breast Cancer Diagnoses

Susan Van Dusen

Debby Linton Ferguson and Anna "Dale" Linton

When Debby Linton Ferguson was diagnosed in her 30s with an aggressive form of breast cancer, her mother was right by her side. Little did they know that seven years later, both would proclaim themselves breast cancer survivors.


October 9, 2020

Consulate of Mexico Honors UAMS MammoVan

Susan Van Dusen

consul of Mexico honors Mammovan

In recognition of UAMS’ longtime support of the Hispanic and Mexican communities, Rodolfo Quilantan Arenas, consul of the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock, honored the UAMS Mobile Mammography team in an outdoor ceremony Oct. 6 at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.


October 5, 2020

Scarless Hysterectomy Gives Sherwood Woman Peace of Mind

Katrina Dupins

Lee Butler with her grandchildren, Emily and Andrew.

Lee Butler loves to garden. Her family and her neighbors all enjoy the abundant foliage of hosta plants and ferns as well as the blooms on the rose and azalea bushes surrounding her Sherwood home. “People ask me how I have time to make them all so beautiful. I tell them, “It didn’t start out…


September 30, 2020

UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary Holds Virtual Fundraising Event to Serve Patients, Families, Staff

Linda Haymes

LITTLE ROCK —The UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary is taking to the internet to raise money for services that help improve the health and comfort for patients, families and staff of the medical center. Call it the biggest non-event of the year. The fundraising event, running Oct. 1-15, is a virtual one. Those wishing to donate…


September 21, 2020

Retired UAMS HR Chief Shares Myeloma Journey through Blog

Linda Haymes

“The staff at the UAMS Myeloma Center has always made me feel like they are concerned about my well-being and that I get the best of medical and bedside care available,” said Hosea Long of Little Rock, former associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer, and a 20-year survivor of myeloma.

Hosea Long of Little Rock recently turned 70, a milestone that for most may seem unremarkable. After all, it was not the former UAMS employee’s 100th, 90th or even his 80th birthday. But it was inspiring and incredible for him and his loved ones. Long explained why in a recent entry titled “Tomorrow starts a…


September 18, 2020

Pharmacy Senior from Bahamas Finds Family at UAMS

Amy Widner

Byron Johnson at the podium

Fourth-year pharmacy student Byron Johnson found more than an education at UAMS, he found family. Johnson told his story to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, which oversees UAMS, at its September meeting. Johnson is from Freeport, Bahamas, which was decimated by Hurricane Dorian in 2019. His aunt and cousin died, and…


September 17, 2020

UAMS Researcher Strengthens Evidence for Connection Between COVID-19 and Pancreatitis

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Inamdar

Patients with COVID-19 were at risk of developing pancreatitis in a study conducted by a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher using data from a large New York health system. The findings support the idea that pancreatitis should be included in the list of gastrointestinal symptoms of COVID-19, something that has been discussed…


September 16, 2020

UAMS Researcher Delgado-Calle Awarded $1.7 Million to Study Bone Health in Myeloma Patients

Linda Haymes

Jesus Delgado-Calle, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has been awarded a National Cancer Institute grant of more than $1.7 million to study bone health in myeloma patients and the effectiveness of bone therapies.

LITTLE ROCK —Jesus Delgado-Calle, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been awarded a National Cancer Institute grant of more than $1.7 million to study ways bone therapy might repair damaged bone and prevent or delay relapse in myeloma patients. Multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells…



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