College of Medicine


January 16, 2020

UAMS Group Prenatal Care Program Only Arkansas Site Accredited by Centering Healthcare Institute

Kate Franks

CenteringPregnancy group photo

When Scottsha Cochran of Little Rock was pregnant with her son MJ, she took advantage of CenteringPregnancy, group prenatal care at UAMS Medical Center’s Women’s Clinic that includes regular health check-ups with extra time for learning and sharing with other women. “I loved the conversations we had and that we had the same doctor, nurses…


January 9, 2020

Research Highlights Link Between PTSD from Combat, Thyroid Function

Amy Widner

Maraka and Toloza before research poster

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have found a potential link between PTSD in combat veterans and changes in thyroid function. Spyridoula Maraka, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine and staff physician at…


January 8, 2020

J.L. Mehta Honored by Italian Society of Cardiology, University of Rome

Amy Widner

Dr. Mehta receiving award

Cardiologist J.L. Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., received multiple honors during a recent trip to Rome. Mehta is a distinguished professor of medicine and physiology and biophysics at UAMS and holds the Stebbins Chair in Cardiology in the UAMS College of Medicine. He gave an invited lecture at the 80th annual session of the Italian Society of…


January 7, 2020

Tyler CarlLee, M.D., joins UAMS Orthopaedics in Northwest Arkansas

Spencer Watson

Tyler CarlLee, M.D.

Tyler L. CarlLee, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon practicing at UAMS Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at 201 W. Van Asche Loop, formerly the Shoulder Center of Arkansas, in Fayetteville. “Tyler is an excellent addition to our team,” said C. Lowry Barnes, M.D., chair…


December 19, 2019

Jones Eye Institute Celebrates 40-year Career of John Shock, M.D.

Spencer Watson

John Shock, M.D., shares stories from his 40 years at UAMS with those gathered to celebrate the anniversary.

A standing-room-only crowd gathered Dec. 17, including members of the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute Advisory Board, to celebrate John Shock, M.D., and the 40 years he has given in service to UAMS. Faculty, staff, patients and others gathered to share memories of Shock’s many years of service and many accomplishments as former chair…


December 11, 2019

Laura Hutchins, M.D., Honored as Dean’s Distinguished Scholar

Susan Van Dusen

Hutchins and Westfall at lecture

When a young Laura Hutchins’ mom encouraged her to get a part-time job, she found one in a clinical lab not far from her parents’ dairy farm in northeastern Mississippi. It didn’t take long for the teenager to realize that lab work was more stimulating than cleaning barns. It also was quickly apparent to her…


November 27, 2019

Cancer Research Highlights Largest-Ever Showcase of Medical Discoveries

Susan Van Dusen

Stephanie Byrum, PhD

Scientists conducting cancer research in the lab, clinic and community gathered Nov. 20 at the 26th UAMS Showcase of Medical Discoveries to share their projects and discuss ways to work together.


November 12, 2019

Bhawna Jha, M.D., Joins UAMS as Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Linda Haymes

Bhawna Jha, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Interventional pain management specialist Bhawna Jha, M.D., has joined the Department of Neurology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and sees patients in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute. She also is an assistant professor in UAMS College of Medicine Department of Neurology.   Before coming to…


November 4, 2019

New Exhibit Celebrates 140th Anniversary of UAMS

Spencer Watson

A new exhibit from the UAMS Historical Research Center celebrating the 140th anniversary of UAMS has been installed near the College of Medicine administrative offices.

Turning 140 years old means having a lot of history to celebrate. That history is the focus of a new exhibit composed by the UAMS Historical Research Center on display across from the College of Medicine administrative offices on the first floor of the Central Building. Those who researched, curated and installed the display said…


November 1, 2019

Infection Expert Part of $5.6 Million Grant for Bone Regeneration Technology

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Smeltzer in office

UAMS researcher Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D., is applying his expertise in bone disease and infection to a $5.6 million project for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) aimed at making the technology to re-grow bone available for the military and the public. The grant was awarded to Alex Biris, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Center for…



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