UAMS News


May 15, 2019

UAMS Cancer Institute Bone Marrow Transplant Program Receives Internationally Recognized Accreditation

Susan Van Dusen

The Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received an internationally recognized accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). 


May 10, 2019

Monticello Couple Welcome Baby with Help of Fertility Specialist

Katrina Dupins

Laci, Cole and Rickie Bratton sit on a porch swing at their Monticello home.

When Cole Benjamin Bratton was born in January, he was screaming at the top of his lungs. That is exactly what his parents hoped he would do. Married in 2008, Laci and Rickie Bratton knew they wanted to be parents. After two years of trying and no pregnancy, they decided to see a fertility specialist….


May 8, 2019

Cancer Researchers Form Collaborations, Share Insight at Inaugural Retreat

Susan Van Dusen

UAMS cancer researchers gathered May 2 for the inaugural Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Research Retreat.

With about 125 cancer researchers and clinical scientists gathered in one spot, new ideas and collaborations are bound to develop.


May 7, 2019

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., Named UAMS Vice Chancellor for Research

Spencer Watson

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D.

Internationally renowned scientist Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) as its vice chancellor for research and as a professor in the College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. “We could not be more fortunate to have a leader of Dr. Ho’s caliber joining our team,” said UAMS…


May 6, 2019

Florida-based Friendship Transcends, Through Sickness and Health

Linda Haymes

Myeloma Center patient Gail Naimo of Port St. Lucie, Fla., (right) encouraged fellow myeloma patient Sergio Pinango and his wife Blanca Nieto (left) to seek treatment at UAMS. He did and today is in remission with no evidence of the disease.

A Facebook friendship that formed over an illness in common proved lifesaving for a Florida man who found what he needed at the UAMS Myeloma Center. Myeloma Center patient Gail Naimo of Port St. Lucie, Fla. met fellow Floridians Sergio Pinango, 56, and his wife, Blanca Nieto, 50, on a myeloma Facebook page five years…


April 30, 2019

UAMS Celebrates Grand Opening of New Pine Bluff Regional Campus

Spencer Watson

Mark Deal and Chancellor Cam Patterson use oversized scissors from the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce for the official ribbon cutting at the South Central Regional Campus.

After an eight-month construction project, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) South Central Regional Campus in Pine Bluff celebrated its grand opening in a spacious facility on the Jefferson Regional Medical Center campus. The 33,000-square-foot space on the bottom two floors in the Jefferson Professional Building II provides room for the merger of…


April 29, 2019

Woman Relaxed for First Time in Years After Complex Spine Surgery

Katrina Dupins

Denise Frerichs visits Kazemi in his clinic at UAMS.

Last fall, just getting out of a chair and walking from one room to the next was a labored and painful experience for Denise Frerichs. The pain was excruciating and it ran down from her back to her legs. “The pain started about two years ago. At first I thought it would get better. I…


Sara Tariq, M.D., Named Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Tariq

Sara Tariq, M.D., has been named to the newly established position of associate dean for student affairs in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Tariq is well-loved among UAMS medical students as a compassionate educator and mentor. She is also a nationally recognized leader in medical education and…


April 26, 2019

Omar T. Atiq, M.D., Named Chair of Board of Governors for American College of Physicians

Susan Van Dusen

Omar T. Atiq, M.D., was named chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Physicians during the organization's annual scientific meeting April 11-13, 2019.

Omar T. Atiq, M.D., a UAMS professor of medicine and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, was named chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists.


April 24, 2019

UAMS Medical Center, Five Faculty Honored as Healthcare Heroes

Tim Taylor

UAMS finalists for Healthcare Hero for 2019 (from left): J.D. Day, M.D.; Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D.; Terry Collins, R.N.; Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D.; Hari Eswaran, Ph.D.; Purushottam Thapa, M.D.; Joseph Bates, M.D.; C. Lowry Barnes, M.D.; and Bradley Martin, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

UAMS Medical Center, four UAMS physicians and a UAMS researcher were honored April 24 as Healthcare Heroes at a luncheon to recognize individuals, companies and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Arkansas. It was the fourth year for the event, sponsored by the Arkansas Business Publishing Group and held…



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