College of Medicine


January 6, 2022

Kirk West, Ph.D., Receives American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship

Marty Trieschmann

Kirk West, Ph.D., UAMS' first recipient of the American Cancer Society's Postdoctoral Fellowship

Kirk West, Ph.D., a Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute researcher, is the first UAMS scientist to be awarded the prestigious American Cancer Society (ACS) Postdoctoral Fellowship. Only 14% of ACS fellowships are funded from a nationwide pool of applicants. The three-year fellowship will help fund West’s research on the role of LC8-TLK1/2 axis in the…


December 30, 2021

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Names UAMS a Center for Comprehensive MS Care

Linda Satter

Erika Santos Horta, M.D., a neuro-oncologist and neuro-immunologist

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been designated a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


December 28, 2021

Department of Family & Preventive Medicine’s Colorectal Screening Project Sees Progress in First Year

Linda Satter

MaryBeth Curtis, RN, of the UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (second from left), holds a card alerting patients that 45 is the new baseline age for colorectal screening. Curtis, PICS AR program manager, is surrounded at 1st Choice Healthcare’s Ash Flat clinic by clinic employees (from left) Deborah King, APRN; Starla Smith, APRN; and Denise Boyer, RN and nurse navigator. The card says “45 is the new FIT-ty” and will be sent to patients as they turn 45, along with a kit they can use for their at-home test.

Colorectal cancer screening rates jumped by almost 8% in northeast Arkansas clinics that partnered with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) during the first year of a five-year project to increase screening in the state.


December 21, 2021

UAMS Names Kirt Simmons, DDS, Ph.D., Chair of Department of Pediatric and Special Needs Dentistry

Yavonda Chase

Kirt Simmons, DDS, Ph.D., is the new chair of the Department of Pediatric and Special Needs Dentistry at UAMS.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has appointed Kirt Simmons, DDS, Ph.D., as chair of the Department of Pediatric and Special Needs Dentistry. He has served as the department’s interim chair since August 2020.


December 20, 2021

Two UAMS ENT Physicians Help Treat More Than 90 Children in Ecuador

Linda Satter

Larry Hartzell, M.D., and Jeff Dorrity, M.D., with one of their tiny cleft patients and her mother in Ecuador

Two doctors from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Otolaryngology recently flew to Guayaquil, Ecuador, as part of a surgical mission trip that provided cleft lip and palate care to more than 90 children. The trip was part of a Global Smile Foundation project that began more than three decades ago…


December 14, 2021

UAMS Neurosurgeon’s Study on Breakthrough Treatment for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Published in Diabetes Care

Linda Satter

Erika Petersen, M.D., is the director of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at UAMS.

Results of a 12-month multicenter randomized clinical trial led by Erika Petersen, M.D., a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), were published online Nov. 29 in Diabetes Care, highlighting the benefits of a breakthrough treatment for patients with painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN). Petersen, director of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery…


December 10, 2021

UAMS Physicians Among Top Doctors in America

Kalee Sexton

UAMS physicians are among the Top Doctors in Arkansas.

Physicians at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have been named Castle Connolly Top Doctors.


December 9, 2021

New Report by CDC, UAMS Finds 1 in 44 Arkansas 8-Year-Olds Have Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ben Boulden

Maya Lopez, M.D., is a professor in the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics.

A new report shows the number of 8-year-old Arkansas children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is significantly higher than data released two years ago by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


December 8, 2021

Fayetteville Man’s Life Improves Dramatically after Nasal Surgery at UAMS

Linda Satter

Stein Erik Peterson visits UAMS for a check-up after his surgery.

Stein Erik Peterson had no idea how good a boiled egg could taste. He had completely forgotten the heady, lemony aroma that filled his nostrils when he was a boy and his mother bustled around the house spraying the furniture with polish. He didn’t know it was possible to sleep so peacefully. But since undergoing…


December 7, 2021

UAMS Researchers Discover Potential Way to Control Immune Responses

David Robinson

UAMS' Hui-Ming Chang, M.D., and Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., have led the research behind a discovery of a possible way to control immune responses.

LITTLE ROCK — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have discovered how a key switch in the body’s immune response is turned on and off, opening the door to new treatments for those with life-threatening, uncontrolled immune responses.



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