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Yolanda Emery, a medical assistant, receives the first COVID-19 vaccine at UAMS in December. Beginning Jan. 19, UAMS will offer the vaccine to Arkansans aged 70 and older as well as teachers and other education workers, including K-12, child care and higher education.

UAMS To Open COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Jan. 14, 2021 | LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to Arkansans aged 70 and older as well as teachers and other education workers, including K-12, child care and higher education, on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Vaccines will be administered in a UAMS clinic on the seventh floor of the Freeway Medical Tower at 5800 W. 10th St. in Little Rock.  Appointments are required.

The UAMS kidney transplant program received the highest ranking possible from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients in both the speed of obtaining donor kidneys and patient survivability one year after transplant.

National Report Gives High Marks to UAMS’ Kidney, Liver Transplant Programs

Jan. 14, 2021 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ kidney and liver transplant programs received high national rankings in biannual data released Jan. 5 by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. The SRTR evaluates the status of the nation’s solid organ transplant system and publicly releases the data every December/January and June/July at the directive of the...

UAMS Northwest, along with all other UAMS Regional Campuses, has been converted to the Epic electronic medical records software.

UAMS Regional Campuses Upgrade Health Record Software

Jan. 13, 2021 | More than 65,000 patients across Arkansas now have better access to seamless care with the conversion of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Regional Campuses to Epic electronic medical record software. Epic has been used in central Arkansas at the UAMS Medical Center and UAMS clinics for approximately eight years. Epic allows UAMS physicians...

C. Lowry Barnes, M.D.

UAMS’s Barnes Named by Becker’s Healthcare Among Top U.S. Orthopaedic Surgeons

Jan. 12, 2021 | C. Lowry Barnes, M.D., chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been named one of “65 total knee replacements surgeons to know” by Becker’s Healthcare. “I’m grateful to be mentioned in such company by such an authoritative voice in the world of health care,” said Barnes. “That recognition...

Fred Prior, Ph.D., is principal investigator for The Cancer Imaging Archive.

Nature Article Highlights UAMS Effort to Share COVID-19 Images on National Cancer Database

Jan. 12, 2021 | LITTLE ROCK — Data experts with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have uploaded clinical images of COVID-19 patients to a publically available national database that scientists can use in researching the disease and its impact in a global pandemic. Initial findings were published in the journal Nature, Scientific Data that describe de-identified...

Carina Torres Sanvicente, M.D.

Glaucoma Specialist Carina Torres Sanvicente, M.D., Joins UAMS Jones Eye Institute

Jan. 11, 2021 | Carina Torres Sanvicente, M.D., has joined the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a glaucoma specialist. “We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Sanvicente join us to contribute fellowship-trained expertise in treating our glaucoma patients,” said Paul Phillips, M.D., director of the Jones Eye Institute...

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UAMS Cardio-Respiratory Care Program Receives APEX Award from AARC

Jan. 8, 2021 | The Cardio-Respiratory Care program within the UAMS College of Health Professions has been recognized as a recipient of the 2021-2022 APEX Award by the American Association for Respiratory Care!  This honor is reserved for a very small number of programs, and is a reflection of the hard work of ALL of our program partners of...

Benjamin Stronach, M.D.

Benjamin Stronach, M.D., Becomes UAMS’ Fourth Total Joint Replacement Surgeon

Jan. 5, 2021 | Benjamin Stronach, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee arthroplasty, a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to restore function to a joint. Stronach will be seeing patients at the UAMS Health Orthopaedic Clinic at 2 Shackleford W Blvd. in Little Rock. He...

Michael Kent, seated left, holds a sign announcing he is the 1,000th COVID-19 patient to be discharged by the UAMS Medical Center. Behind Kent, left to right, are UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, UAMS Medical Center CEO Steppe Mette and hospitalist Franklin Gray.

UAMS Medical Center Discharges Its 1,000th COVID-19 Patient

Jan. 4, 2021 | Confetti flew while cheers and applause echoed down a UAMS Medical Center hallway as UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, guided Michael Kent in a wheelchair between rows of exuberant physicians, nurses and staff. Kent was the 1,000th COVID-19 patient to be discharged and to start his journey home. Kent, who works as a senior...

1968 UAMS College of Medicine graduate Jack Blackshear, M.D., is the college’s 2020 Distinguished Alumnus.

UAMS College of Medicine Honors 1968 Graduate Jack Blackshear, M.D., as 2020 Distinguished Alumnus

Jan. 4, 2021 | Jack Blackshear, M.D., has always had a soft spot in his heart for his medical school alma mater and the aspiring physicians who have followed in his footsteps since his 1968 graduation from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine. The Paragould native and retired internal medicine/gastroenterology specialist’s dedication to UAMS and...

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