College of Medicine


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….


January 30, 2020

Students Receive Exams, Glasses from UAMS Volunteers on MLK Day

Spencer Watson

UAMS Medical Student John Musser checks the vision of a student who visited JEI on MLK Day.

More than 120 students from Little Rock and the surrounding area got a late Christmas present from volunteers at UAMS on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: the gift of clearer vision. The Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Pediatric Vision Outreach event was organized by nonprofit Rural Ophthalmology Optometry Treatment & Screening (ROOTS) and Shepherd’s…


January 27, 2020

Bone Research Showcased as Vibrant, Vital at UAMS

Amy Widner

Crowd shot of poster session from above

Bone health is an expanding area of research with far-reaching clinical applications — from regenerating limbs to stopping bone cancer in its tracks — and UAMS is well-situated as a leader in the field. That was the resounding theme of the Showcase of Medical Discoveries: A Focus on Bone Research, held Jan. 22 at UAMS….


January 24, 2020

Paul H. Phillips, M.D., Named Chair of Ophthalmology and Director of Jones Eye Institute at UAMS

Spencer Watson

Paul H. Phillips, M.D.

Paul H. Phillips, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the College of Medicine and director of the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). “Dr. Phillips brings exceptional strengths to his new post as a highly respected leader in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus,…


January 22, 2020

AmyLeigh Overton-McCoy, Ph.D., APRN, Invested in Murphy Endowed Chair for Rural Aging Leadership and Policy

Benjamin Waldrum

Overton-McCoy was presented with a commemorative medallion by UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA and Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., executive vice chancellor and College of Medicine dean.

AmyLeigh Overton-McCoy, Ph.D., APRN, a leading geriatric nursing specialist with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Jan. 16 in the Murphy Endowed Chair for Rural Aging Leadership and Policy. “This is an extreme honor and privilege, and I will really treasure this opportunity to make a difference in so many lives,”…


Priya Mendiratta, M.D., M.P.H., Invested in Alexa L. & William T. Dillard Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics

Benjamin Waldrum

Mendiratta was presented with a commemorative medallion by UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, and Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., executive vice chancellor and College of Medicine dean.

Priya Mendiratta, M.D., M.P.H., geriatrician and director for the geriatric clerkship and course for medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Jan. 16 in the Alexa L. & William T. Dillard Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics. “Thank you so much for bestowing this great honor upon me and the Department…


UAMS-Led Research Spurs Artistic Revelation

News Staff

Art of mouse blood clot

It looks like something conjured by the imagination, or perhaps an other-worldly landscape. But an award-winning artistic image actually has roots in the laboratory and creative minds of researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Brian Storrie, Ph.D., a professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and…


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…



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