College of Medicine


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…


October 30, 2019

Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D., Invested in Chair in Sciences Basic to Medicine

Benjamin Waldrum

Smeltzer poses with (from left) Daniel G. Meeker, Ph.D.; C. Lowry Barnes, M.D.; James E. Cassat, M.D., Ph.D.; and John J. Iandolo, Ph.D.

Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Oct. 28 in the Chair in Sciences Basic to Medicine. Smeltzer, who studies Staphylococcus aureus, is one of the most well-funded faculty…


October 29, 2019

UAMS’ Simon Mears Inducted into Prestigious Hip Society

Spencer Watson

Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D.

Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D., an orthopaedic surgeon and professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, has been inducted into The Hip Society, a national organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge relating to the hip joint. “I am grateful for this tremendous honor…


October 24, 2019

UAMS’ Paul Edwards Chosen as Traveling Fellow

Spencer Watson

Paul Edwards, M.D., with total hip replacement patient Joan Baldridge.

Paul Edwards, M.D., an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, has been selected as one of only four surgeons globally to participate in the Insall Traveling Fellowship, which, for the third year in a row, visited UAMS this month. “This is a great opportunity to both teach and learn,”…


October 22, 2019

UAMS-Produced Head Molds to Improve Quality of Brain MRI

Tim Taylor

Devin Guillory of the UAMS Brain Imaging Research Center wears a head mold created from 3-D photos of her.

How long do you think you could lie still without moving an inch? Five, 10, maybe 15 minutes? A person undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is expected to lay still in a relatively small space for at least 30 minutes. Now, imagine having to go nearly twice that long without moving, without changing…


October 21, 2019

Local Physicians Bringing UAMS Orthopaedics to Northwest Arkansas 🗺

Spencer Watson

Drs. Chad Songy, Wesley Cox and Ramon Ylanan

By partnering with local physicians, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is expanding UAMS Orthopaedics to Northwest Arkansas. In January 2020, the Shoulder Center of Arkansas in Fayetteville and its therapy partner, 201–train-recover-move, in Fayetteville and Rogers will become part of the statewide UAMS Health system. Wesley Cox, M.D., who founded the practice,…


October 17, 2019

Research into Baby Biomechanics Shows Issues with Infant Inclined Sleepers

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Mannen

Groundbreaking research on inclined sleep products for infants by Erin Mannen, Ph.D., a baby biomechanics expert and mechanical engineer at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was made public Wednesday as part of a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation into their safety and related rulemaking. “Over the course of a year-long study,…


UAMS Researcher Pinpoints Immune System Cause for Autism Subtype

Amy Widner

Dr. Harville at hood

Researcher Terry Harville, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has published a major study that for the first time links autism spectrum disorder to a specific genetic variation affecting the immune system. The study, published in the Frontiers of Psychiatry, found that a genetically inherited immune type HLA-Cw7 was present…



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