UAMS News


August 4, 2020

Early Melanoma Diagnosis Leads to Positive Outcome for Young Mom

Susan Van Dusen

Dannelley and family portrait

Achieving the perfect tan is a summertime goal for many young women. But for fair-skinned Kristi Dannelley, getting a golden glow was no easy task. That’s why she turned to tanning beds. “I spent hours in tanning beds as a teenager and in my early 20s,” said Dannelley, president of Magna IV in Little Rock….


August 3, 2020

Day Camp for UAMS Employees’ Children during Pandemic Concludes with Fun, Merriment

Linda Haymes

Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, visited with children who attended the UAMS Day Camp at Pulaski Heights Middle School for a celebration on the last day of camp.

When the last day of the UAMS Day Camp arrived July 31, teachers and volunteers said farewell to the children they had spent the last three months caring for with an outdoor party reminiscent of a county fair or carnival. A summer shower shortly before the mid-day event did not dampen the festivities. The children…


July 27, 2020

San Francisco Woman Finds Help for Complex Surgery

Katrina Dupins

Bressie & Suen

Claudia Bressie’s tumor was non-cancerous, but it was aggressive and dangerous. Months of consultations at top universities and treatments proved ineffective for the San Francisco woman, until her journey brought her to UAMS. It began in 2017 when Bressie started having swelling, popping and clicking around her jaw. The discomfort grew from there to what…


Wendy Ward, Ph.D. Named Associate Provost, Succeeding Jeannette Shorey, M.D.

Linda Haymes

Wendy Ward, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Wendy Ward, Ph.D., has been named associate provost for faculty in the Division of Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She replaces Jeanette Shorey, M.D., who retired Feb. 29. Ward is a professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and has been director of interprofessional…


July 24, 2020

Legislators Donate Lunches for Frontline COVID Workers

Spencer Watson

Deb Hutts, Sgt. Greg McKinney and Yukari Juniel offer thanks for lunches donated by members of the Arkansas Legislature to those working COVID-19 screening sites at UAMS.

Members of the Arkansas Legislature showed their appreciation for those at UAMS who continue to work on the front lines screening and testing Arkansans for COVID-19, as well as those working to care for patients already diagnosed during the pandemic. The effort was spearheaded by state Rep. Jamie Scott, who contacted Marcia Dunbar, UAMS volunteer…


‘Be a Part of the Cure’ Televised Event to Benefit UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute on Sept. 2

Susan Van Dusen

BAPOTC on background

A new event will offer Arkansans a way to support UAMS’ cancer research and treatment programs from the comfort of their own home.


July 23, 2020

Fenghuang “Frank” Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., Awarded Nearly $3.14 Million to Further Myeloma Research

Linda Haymes

Fenghuang “Frank” Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., Myeloma Center research director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received two grants totaling almost $3.14 million to study the molecular genetics and drug resistance of multiple myeloma, the second-most common blood-related cancer.

LITTLE ROCK — Fenghuang “Frank” Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., Myeloma Center research director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received two grants totaling almost $3.14 million to study the molecular genetics and drug resistance of multiple myeloma, the second-most common blood-related cancer. One grant from the U.S. Department of Defense provides $1.4…


June 30, 2020

UAMS Awarded $940,000 by FCC to Help with COVID-19 Response Across the State

Ben Boulden

The FCC recently awarded UAMS funding for new purchases of new, digital health technology as well as to reimburse the university for the cost of digital technology like this iPad it already has bought in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received $940,000 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for digital health technology to treat patients for COVID-19 and deliver medical information to patients and providers across the state.


June 26, 2020

George and Linda Gleason Foundation Gives $100,000 for UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute, Department of Neurology

Benjamin Waldrum

George and Linda Gleason (at left) chat with G. Richard Smith, M.D. (center), David Ashmore and R. Lee Archer, M.D., prior to the presentation of a $100,000 check to be split equally between the Psychiatric Research Institute and Department of Neurology.

The George and Linda Gleason Foundation has given $100,000 to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), split evenly among the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine and the Psychiatric Research Institute. The Gleasons were on hand Friday, June 19 to present a check to R. Lee Archer, M.D., chair of the…


June 15, 2020

Cured: Arkansas Man’s Sickle Cell Disease Eliminated by Bone Marrow Transplant

Ben Boulden

Phillip Sanders, right, with his wife and young son, has been cured of sickle cell disease as a patient at UAMS Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

While Phillip Sanders’ journey to a cure for his sickle cell disease was ultimately successful, it was a path with peaks and valleys and struggles and challenges. It’s beginning was relatively undramatic and took place during a conversation in October 2017 just after the conclusion of the Sickle Cell Symposium organized by the UAMS Adult…



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