UAMS News


April 15, 2019

UAMS, Ronald McDonald Charities of Arkansas Announce Construction of New Rooms for Families of Preemies

Kate Franks

In a partnership between UAMS and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, a space in the NICU will provide a home-away-from-home are for families.

Parents of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will be able to be present and involved in their child’s hospitalization through the creation of a Ronald McDonald Family Room, announced today by UAMS and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (RMHCA). In a partnership…


April 10, 2019

2019 Great 100 Nurses List Includes 29 from UAMS

Spencer Watson

Twenty-nine UAMS nurses were named to the Great 100 Nurses Foundation’s annual list of the state’s superb nurses.

Twenty-nine nurses from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) were named to the Great 100 Nurses Foundation’s annual list of the state’s superb nurses.


Football Player Recovers from Cervical Spine Trauma

Katrina Dupins

CJ Johnson visits David Bumpass, M.D. for a follow-up months after surgery.

The Arkansas Tech Wonderboys defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State Oct. 27, 2018, ending a four-game losing streak and marking the first time in 26 years the Wonderboys defeated the Savage Storm on the road. With 46.5 seconds left in the game, the Savage Storm still had a chance to win. They were within scoring range on…


April 4, 2019

New Treatment for Parkinson’s Patients Improves Drug’s Effectiveness

Katrina Dupins

Metish Lotia, M.D. and Shannon Doerhoff, A.P.R.N. go over settings with Mark Avra on his Duopa pump.

He no longer feels comfortable climbing ladders, but Mark Avra says there is plenty of work to be done on the ground. Avra is a builder and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008. “I had two houses going at once and had to have extra help to finish them,” Avra said. “I realized then I…


March 27, 2019

Aviation Executive Beats Colon Cancer

Katrina Dupins

Once over the initial shock of his cancer diagnosis, Mark Bremer decided he’d face the situation with a goal to find something positive about every day.

There were lots of questions going through Mark Bremer’s mind on the day he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in late 2017: Is it confined to one location? What stage is it? How far has it spread?


March 26, 2019

UAMS Day at the Capitol Highlights Programs, Offers Health Screenings

Susan Van Dusen

Arkansas Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View (left) visits with UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA; Cancer Institute Interim Director Laura Hutchins, M.D.; and Dorothy Graves, Ph.D., Cancer Institute associate director of administration, during UAMS Day at the Capitol.

UAMS Day at the Capitol on March 26 gave lawmakers a firsthand look at how the state’s only health sciences university impacts citizens across Arkansas.


March 25, 2019

UAMS Event April 17 to Feature End-of-Life Expert BJ Miller, M.D.

Susan Van Dusen

Palliative care and end-of-life expert BJ Miller, M.D., will speak at a UAMS-sponsored event April 17.

“Not Whether, But How: An Evening with BJ Miller” is set for 6:30 p.m. April 17 at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Although there is no cost to attend, seating is limited and preregistration is required at cancer.uams.edu/bjmiller.


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…



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