College of Medicine


April 3, 2020

Johnathan Goree, M.D., Named Arkansas Physician of the Year by Arkansas Business

Amy Widner

Dr. Goree with Healthcare Heroes Logo

Johnathan H. Goree, M.D., an anesthesiologist who specializes in chronic pain and director of the Chronic Pain Division at UAMS was named Arkansas Physician of the Year on April 2 at the Arkansas Business Healthcare Heroes celebration. The annual awards event was held virtually on YouTube because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In presenting the awards,…


March 30, 2020

Research Shows Hypothyroidism Patients Who Choose Alternative Therapies Cite Effectiveness, Improved Symptoms

Amy Widner

Researchers near science poster

Three out of four people with an underactive thyroid using an alternative “natural” treatment not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration report that they do so because it is more effective than the standard therapy, according to research from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Mayo Clinic. Freddy J.K….


March 25, 2020

$27,500 Scholarship Honors UAMS College of Medicine Doctors

Benjamin Waldrum

“This scholarship is also special in honoring three truly world-class faculty physicians,” he added. “I am not at all surprised that the donors were inspired by Dr. Archer, Dr. Chacko and Dr. Uwaydat.”

Through the generosity of UAMS supporters, an endowed scholarship has been created honoring three UAMS doctors: Robert L. “Lee” Archer, M.D., Joseph G. Chacko, M.D., and Sami H. Uwaydat, M.D. This philanthropic investment will be used to fund the Drs. Lee Archer, Joseph Chacko, and Sami Uwaydat Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded to one…


March 20, 2020

Match Day Goes Virtual: COVID-19 Changes, but Can’t Stop Spirit Behind COM Celebration

Amy Widner

Students on screen with Dr. Tariq in foreground

Match Day is always bittersweet, but the Class of 2020 tried to emphasize the sweet over the bitter at this year’s celebration despite the swirling context of a global pandemic and its unprecedented disruptions to daily life. There were still tears — but they were tears of joy, accomplishment and hard work paid off. And…


March 13, 2020

Orthopaedics Scholarship Encourages Student Diversity

Spencer Watson

C. Lowry Barnes, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, examines an x-ray.

The UAMS College of Medicine has established a scholarship to recruit underrepresented minority students to its orthopaedics program, one of only a handful of medical schools in the country to do so. The scholarship provides financial support to encourage fourth-year minority students outside of UAMS to apply for a four-week visiting student rotation in orthopaedic…


March 11, 2020

UAMS Medical Center Recognized as Center of Excellence for Childbirth Complication Placenta Accreta Spectrum

Amy Widner

Group photo of women's team with honor banner

The Maternal Safety Foundation has named the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center an Accreta Center of Excellence, recognizing its superior care for a life-threatening childbirth complication called placenta accreta spectrum disorder. UAMS Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation to receive the designation, which indicates that UAMS has both…


March 10, 2020

UAMS Students Introduce High School Visitors to Health Care Careers

Spencer Watson

Visiting high school and UAMS medical students gather for a photo during the HPREP event.

More than 80 UAMS student volunteers, mostly from the College of Medicine, welcomed dozens of high school students from across Arkansas to the UAMS main campus Feb. 22 to introduce them to careers in health care. The event, called Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) was presented by the UAMS chapter of the Student…


Teen Gets Body-Powered Arm at UAMS Amputee Clinic

Spencer Watson

Bryce Cook reaches toward a therapy tool used to help patients learn to use muscle sensors to control a robotic prosthetic.

It was a great day for fishing in May almost two years ago when Bryce Cook, of Arkadelphia, who had just turned 16, headed toward the river on a side-by-side to pursue one of his favorite pastimes. By all accounts – his own, witnesses, subsequent police investigation – he wasn’t going fast when, as the…


March 2, 2020

Surgeon First in U.S. to Perform New Hysterectomy Surgery

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Burnett

Alexander Burnett, M.D., a gynecologic surgeon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), is one of only a handful of surgeons worldwide and the first in the United States at the cutting edge of a new scarless and almost painless technique for hysterectomy.


February 3, 2020

Fenghuang (Frank) Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., Joins UAMS Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

Zhan Fenghuang MD

LITTLE ROCK — Myeloma expert Fenghuang “Frank” Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as research director of the Myeloma Center. Zhan was most recently a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa and an adjunct professor with the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics….



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