College of Medicine


May 10, 2021

Four Vice Chairs Named in UAMS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Spencer Watson

David Bumpass, M.D., Steve Cherney, M.D., Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D., and Theresa Wyrick, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Four faculty leaders within the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine have been appointed as vice chairs within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. David Bumpass, M.D., has been named the vice chair for research; Steven Cherney, M.D., has been named the vice chair for education; Simon Mears, M.D.,…


NIH Grant Supporting UAMS Study of Drugs to Improve Long-term Kidney Transplant Outcomes

David Robinson

UAMS' Nirmala Parajuli, Ph.D., is studying a novel way to improve long-term kidney transplant survival.

LITTLE ROCK — A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow UAMS researcher Nirmala Parajuli, DVM, Ph.D., to study a novel way to improve the long-term outcomes of patients who receive kidneys from deceased donors. Parajuli, an assistant professor in the College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, will use the five-year $2.46…


May 7, 2021

UAMS Physician’s New Skills and Lucky Timing Save Vilonia Baby from Deadly, Disabling Disease

David Robinson

Darrell and Elaine Hurst with their two sons, Oliver (left) and Paxton. Oliver was born last year with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease that could have killed him if not for a newborn screening implemented by UAMS’ Kapil Arya, M.D., and a new treatment.

Oliver Hurst owes his life to a luckily timed move across the country. His father and mother, who was then three months pregnant with Oliver, arrived in Vilonia from California in March 2020. At the time, UAMS’ Kapil Arya, M.D., was developing strategies as a UAMS Translational Research Institute Implementation Science Scholar to establish statewide…


May 3, 2021

American Heart Association’s Sweethearts Learn About Heart From UAMS Experts

Linda Satter

Kevin Phelan, Ph. D., talks to AHA Sweethearts as a medical resident waits on bed behind him to help him demonstrate an ultrasound.

About 35 high school sophomores who are part of the American Heart Association’s Sweetheart Program got a close look into the inner workings of the heart in a virtual session April 26 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The Sweethearts are high school sophomores who, over several months, learn about heart-healthy lifestyles…


April 28, 2021

UAMS Ranked 39th in Primary Care on U.S. News & World Report’s List of Best Medical Schools

Linda Satter

Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., dean of the UAMS College of Medicine, speaks at the 2020 white coat ceremony.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) ranked 39th in primary care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Medical Schools list. “I’m very pleased with this finding. Being in the top 50 schools in the country for primary care fits directly into our mission to improve the health, health care and well-being…


April 27, 2021

Virtual Parkinson’s Symposium Shares Tips, Hope, Treatment

Linda Satter

Tuhin Virmani, M.D., addresses participants in the virtual symposium.

Parkinson’s disease patients, caregivers and medical professionals gathered virtually April 11 to learn about ways to keep the disease under control and deal with related psychological, cognitive and intimacy issues. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)’ Sixth Annual Parkinson’s Symposium was watched from about 120 locations, some with multiple viewers present. The 1.5…


April 22, 2021

Two UAMS Employees Selected for Arkansas Business’ 2021 40 Under 40 List

Linda Haymes

Johnathan Goree, M.D., and Ayoola Carleton

Johnathan Goree, M.D., and Ayoola Carleton have been included in this year’s class of Arkansas Business’ 40 Under 40, a group of rising young professionals who will be honored with an in-person luncheon and an interactive virtual event on June 17 in Little Rock. Honorees, all under the age of 40 years old as of…


April 19, 2021

Nancy J. Rusch, Ph.D., Named Executive Associate Dean for Research at UAMS

Linda Satter

Nancy J. Rusch, Ph.D., has been named executive associate dean for research in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

LITTLE ROCK — Nancy J. Rusch, Ph.D., has been named executive associate dean for research in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Rusch will continue to lead the college’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, where she has served as a professor and chairperson since 2005. “Dr. Rusch will…


April 13, 2021

UAMS’ Erika Petersen, M.D., Publishes Study Results on Treatment for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy in JAMA

Linda Satter

Erika Petersen, M.D., sees study results published in JAMA

Results of a randomized clinical trial led by Erika Petersen, M.D., of  the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) on use of a spinal cord stimulation system for patients with refractory painful diabetic neuropathy were published April 5 in JAMA Neurology. Petersen, a neurosurgeon and professor in the Department of Neurosurgery in the College…


April 12, 2021

Cancer DNA Blood Tests Validated By International Research Team

News Staff

UAMS' Donald Johann Jr., M.D., was part of an international team of researchers that conducted an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing. The team's findings were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

LITTLE ROCK — An international team today reports the findings of an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing – a fast, cheap and less invasive method to diagnose and monitor cancer.



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