College of Medicine


September 20, 2021

UAMS Opens Rejuvenation Room for Clinical Workers

Linda Satter

Sherri Youngblood, R.N., takes a break from the ICU.

You walk through a nondescript wooden door halfway down the fourth-floor hallway outside the Intensive Care Unit. Suddenly, you’re free from the glare of overhead lights and the cacophony of phones, loudspeakers and beeping machines. You are removed, albeit temporarily, from the all-encompassing, heartbreaking reality of patients you’ve come to know who are fighting to…


September 14, 2021

Elena Ambrogini, M.D., Ph.D., Named Director of UAMS Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Linda Satter

Elena Ambrogini, M.D., Ph. D., in white coat.

Elena Ambrogini, M.D., Ph.D., has been named director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Ambrogini is an associate professor in the division, which is part of the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine. She has been at UAMS in various roles since 2007,…


September 9, 2021

Multispecialty Robotic Curriculum for Residents Begins at UAMS

Linda Satter

Ashley Smith, M.D., a urology resident, gets a chance to train on the da Vinci Surgical System.

Sept. 9, 2021 |A new multispecialty robotic surgery curriculum for residents has started up at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


September 2, 2021

Ethel Brickey Hicks Charitable Corporation Gives UAMS $1 Million to Create College of Medicine Scholarship

Benjamin Waldrum

The Hicks scholarships have helped countless UAMS College of Medicine graduates, including Reid Counce, M.D. (left) and Richard Dean Turbeville Jr., M.D., pursue medical careers. Counce, of Crocketts Bluff, is a medicine pediatrics resident with UAMS. Turbeville is a family medicine doctor with Mercy Hospital in Berryville.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1 million gift from the Ethel Brickey Hicks Charitable Corporation to create a scholarship in the College of Medicine. “Scholarships are crucial in our efforts to attract the very best students to UAMS and, ultimately, produce outstanding physicians for Arkansas communities…


August 31, 2021

Cornea Specialist Alireza Ghaffarieh, M.D., Joins UAMS Jones Eye Institute

Karmen Robinson

Alireza Ghaffarieh, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Alireza Ghaffarieh, M.D., has joined the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a cornea specialist. Ghaffarieh is currently accepting new patients and will serve as an assistant professor and director of ophthalmic pathology services in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of…


August 30, 2021

New UAMS Baptist Health Cancer Center Opens in North Little Rock

Marty Trieschmann

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Director Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., North Little Rock Mayor Terry Hartwick, Baptist Health CEO Troy Wells, and UAMS Senior Vice Chancellor and Medical Center CEO Steppe Mette, M.D., in front of the new UAMS Baptist Health Cancer Center in North Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK — The first UAMS Baptist Health Cancer Center is now open on the campus of Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock, bringing the full spectrum of cancer research, diagnostic and treatment services available at UAMS’ Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute to more Arkansans.


UAMS OB/GYN is First in State to Obtain Focused Practice Designation for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Linda Satter

photo portrait of Mary Luann Racher, M.D., in white coat.

Luann Racher, M.D., an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), is the first physician in the state to obtain a focused practice designation for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. The designation from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) recognizes certified specialists who have additional surgical…


August 27, 2021

College of Medicine Welcomes Diverse Class of 2025

Linda Satter

Faculty advisers from the seven academic houses in the College of Medicine stand behind, from left, James Graham, M.D., executive associate dean for student affairs; Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph. D., dean of the College of Medicine; Sara Tariq, M.D., associate dean of student affairs; and Romona Davis, M.D.

Among the 174 students comprising the College of Medicine’s Class of 2025 are the great-great-great granddaughter of UAMS’ founder, P.O. Hooper, M.D., and an Olympic Trials pole vaulter. Others have run their own businesses, labored in construction, edited newspapers and supervised air traffic controllers. Some have received U.S. Army medals or honors in scouting, mathematics,…


Cargill Family’s $200,000 Gift Supports UAMS Virmani Gait Laboratory

Benjamin Waldrum

Bob and Sara Lou Cargill

Lab Studies Gait Issues among Parkinson’s Patients LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $200,000 gift from the late Bob and Sara Lou Cargill to support care for patients with brain diseases. The gift will help support the Virmani Gait Laboratory, headed by Tuhin Virmani, M.D., Ph.D., co-director…


August 26, 2021

William J. Steinbach, M.D., Joins UAMS as Chair of Department of Pediatrics

Linda Satter

portrait of William Steinbach, M.D., and UAMS logo

William J. Steinbach, M.D., will join the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate dean for Child Health in the UAMS College of Medicine, as well as pediatrician-in-chief of Arkansas Children’s, effective Jan. 15, 2022. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Steinbach join UAMS as we…



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