College of Medicine


January 10, 2023

Transplant Surgeon Martha Estrada, M.D., Joins UAMS

Linda Satter

Martha Michelle Estrada, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Martha Michelle Estrada, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as an assistant professor in the College of Medicine Department of Surgery’s Division of Transplant Surgery. Estrada was fellowship-trained in abdominal transplant surgery at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, after completing a general surgery residency at…


Healthgrades Ranks UAMS in Top 5% of Nation for Brain Surgery, Praises Stroke Program

Linda Satter

Healthgrades ranks the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for cranial neurosurgery in 2023.

LITTLE ROCK — Healthgrades ranks the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for cranial neurosurgery in 2023. The designation by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients, reflects UAMS’ outstanding trial outcomes for cranial neurosurgery and distinguishes UAMS as one of the nation’s leading hospitals for…


January 3, 2023

UAMS Mourns Loss of Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D.

Yavonda Chase

Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., died Dec. 31, 2022, after a battle with cancer.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is sad to announce that Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D. executive vice chancellor and dean of the College of Medicine, died Dec. 31, 2022, after a battle with cancer.


December 20, 2022

UAMS’ Fen Xia, M.D., Ph.D., Named Fellow of the American Society of Radiation Oncology

Marty Trieschmann

Fen Xia, M.D., Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Fen Xia, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).


December 19, 2022

Two UAMS Physicians Discuss Maternal Mortality, Mental Health at Women’s Voices Summit

Linda Satter

Nirvana Manning, M.D., (left) chair and associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, sits on a panel with Christy Turlington Burns and Chelsea Clinton at "Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes, Women’s Rights."

Two physicians at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) joined national and global leaders in a daylong Women’s Voices Summit, held earlier this month at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock and livestreamed internationally. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton convened groups…


U.S. Defense Department Awards UAMS Cancer Researcher $760,000 to Study Aggressive Type of Lymphoma

Marty Trieschmann

Samantha Kendrick, Ph.D., has received a $760,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).

LITTLE ROCK — Samantha Kendrick, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received a $760,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study a fast-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma common among veterans and military personnel.


December 16, 2022

UAMS College of Medicine Honors Stacie M. Jones, M.D., as Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Tamara Robinson

Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., UAMS executive vice chancellor and dean of the College of Medicine; 2022 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Stacie M. Jones, M.D.; and Kevin Raney, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and chair of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series Committee.

The College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) honored Stacie M. Jones, M.D., as the 2022 Distinguished Faculty Scholar for her groundbreaking research into food allergies, her leading role in the development of the first FDA-approved oral immunotherapy drug for life-threatening peanut allergy in children, and her dedication to mentorship.


December 15, 2022

Rhonda M. Dick, M.D., and Joseph Kennedy “Ken” Dick, MBA, to Establish Endowed Scholarship in UAMS College of Medicine

Andrew Vogler

Ken and Rhonda Dick

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $2 million commitment from Rhonda M. Dick, M.D., and Joseph Kennedy “Ken” Dick, MBA, to establish the Dr. Rhonda and Ken Dick Endowed Scholarship in the UAMS College of Medicine. This pledge is made through their revocable trust. “We are profoundly…


December 13, 2022

UAMS First in State to Use Advanced Liver Transplant Technology

Linda Satter

Terry Fortner stands next to his wife, Robbie, outside UAMS

LITTLE ROCK — A liver transplant recently performed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) was the first in the state to use groundbreaking technology that preserves donor livers and keeps them viable for an extended period of time. The new technology allowed a Cabot man to obtain a liver from a donor…


December 12, 2022

Gynecologic Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist Join UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Marty Trieschmann

Maria Ruiz and Mausam Patel, new oncologists at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Maria Ruiz, D.O., has joined the gynecologic oncology team at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) where she is treating patients with gynecologic cancers. Mausam Patel, M.D., is a new radiation oncologist treating patients at the UAMS Baptist Health Cancer Center in North Little Rock. Ruiz…



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