College of Medicine

July 2, 2021

Departments of Geriatrics and Pediatrics Win First Place in Quality Improvement Program

Karmen Robinson

(From left to right) Jasmine Crane; Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging director Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D.; Regina Gibson, RN, Ph.D.; and Pat Walker Memory Clinic director Gohar Azhar, M.D. Not pictured: Priya Mendiratta, M.D.; Rosemary Nabaweesi, Dr.Ph.; and Troy Schmit, MHA.

Faculty from UAMS’ Departments of Geriatrics and Pediatrics garnered first place in the Quality Improvement for Advanced Learners Program (QIALP) for their exploration of racial disparity in screening methods among dementia patients.

July 1, 2021

UAMS Neurologist Co-Authors Best Practices Paper for Treating 2 Parkinson’s-related Disorders

Linda Satter

Rohit Dhall, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — A neurologist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has co-authored a paper in a leading neurology journal that provides the first best-practices consensus for treating two rare Parkinson’s-related disorders. Rohit Dhall, M.D., a professor of neurology in the College of Medicine and director of neurodegenerative disorders at UAMS, was…

June 29, 2021

UAMS Physicians See Dramatic Increase In Postpartum Psychosis Cases during COVID-19 Pandemic

Tim Taylor

Jessica Coker, M.D., (left) and Erin Bider, M.D., collaborated on a paper detailing the rise in cases of postpartum psychosis they saw at UAMS' Women's Mental Health Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LITTLE ROCK — Postpartum psychosis is a serious, albeit rare illness, compared to the number of postpartum depression cases seen in the United States.

June 28, 2021

Cardiac Device Patients’ Fears of Being Shocked Can Prevent Full Recovery, UAMS Audience Told

Linda Satter

Sam Sears, Ph.D., is introduced to live and virtual audiences by Paul Mounsey, M.D., director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Fear of being shocked is preventing many patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators from making a true cardiac comeback, an expert on the psychological effects of cardiovascular disease told a UAMS audience June 17. Samuel Sears, Ph.D., a professor in the departments of psychology and cardiovascular sciences at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., emphasized that…

June 24, 2021

UAMS’ First Phase 1 Cancer Clinical Trial Testing New Way to Protect Hearts while Treating Cancer

David Robinson

UAMS' Hui-Ming Chang, M.D., is leading the Phoenix Trial.

LITTLE ROCK — The drug dexrazoxane has a reputation akin to someone who both fights and sets fires. On the one hand, this Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug prevents heart damage caused by doxorubicin, which is used in chemotherapy. On the other hand, dexrazoxane may undermine the cancer treatment, causing many doctors to leave…

June 22, 2021

UAMS Welcomes 15 Students to New Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med, Public Health Program

Linda Satter

Fourteen of the 15 Public Health Scholars.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has welcomed 15 students comprising the inaugural class of a post-baccalaureate pre-med program called Medical Scholars in Public Health. The program is a collaboration between the UAMS colleges of Medicine, Public Health and Pharmacy. The 15 students who began classes May 24 were chosen…

June 18, 2021

Wellness Week Returns and Succeeds for Residents

Ben Boulden

Wellness Week in late May included pet therapy, a food drive and a week-long, online contest using the Goose Chase app.

With the resumption of wellness week events, both in-person and virtual, attention returned to the well-being of UAMS residents who are themselves deeply committed to the wellness of others. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of Wellness Week 2020 for residents in the UAMS Graduate Medical Education (GME) program, and it put already hard-working residents…

June 17, 2021

UAMS Performs State’s First HIV-to-HIV Kidney Transplant

Linda Satter

Emmanouil Giorgakis, M.D., in white coat.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has performed the first transplant in Arkansas from an HIV-positive donor to an HIV-positive recipient. The successful kidney transplant from a deceased person who had the human immunodeficiency virus was performed in May by Emmanouil Giorgakis, M.D., a transplant surgeon in the UAMS College…

June 15, 2021

UAMS Among First in Nation to Use Newly Approved Deep Brain Stimulation Technology

Linda Satter

Erika Peterson, M.D., performs deep brain stimulation in the operating room.

LITTLE ROCK — Shortly after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved a new version of a device used for deep brain stimulation, doctors at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) became one of the first 12 sites in the country and the first in Arkansas to use it.

June 9, 2021

UAMS Ranked Among Top Joint Replacement Providers

Spencer Watson

From left, C. Lowry Barnes, M.D., Jeffrey Stambough, M.D., Alicia Dreyer of Healthgrades, Ben Stronach, M.D., and Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D., at the award presentation ranking UAMS among the top 10% of providers for joint replacement.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) ranks among the top 10% in the nation for joint replacement surgery, according to new research by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

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