College of Medicine


March 2, 2021

Sara Shalin, M.D., Ph.D., Named Chair of UAMS Department of Dermatology

Linda Satter

Sara Shalin, M.D., wearing white coat over business attire.

LITTLE ROCK — Sara Copeland Shalin, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed as chair of the Department of Dermatology in the UAMS College of Medicine. “Dr. Shalin has done an exceptional job as interim chair of Dermatology since last March, advancing the department’s efforts in clinical care, research and education, while providing excellent support for her…


February 25, 2021

UAMS Researcher Cannon Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Study Vaccination Against Ovarian Cancer

Linda Haymes

“This award will support the development of an integrated and multi-faceted program to target immune suppression using blood cells in the ovarian tumor microenvironment,” said Cannon. “We hope our work will improve responses to immunotherapy, including dendritic cell vaccination.”

LITTLE ROCK —Martin J. Cannon, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been awarded an Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) grant of $900,000 to study dendritic cell vaccination against ovarian cancer. A dendritic cell is a unique immune cell that boosts immune responses by displaying antigens such as toxins…


February 22, 2021

Gaurav Dhar, M.D., Joins UAMS Health as Director of Interventional Cardiology

Linda Satter

photo of Gaurav Dhar, M.D., in white coat

LITTLE ROCK — Gaurav Dhar, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to establish and grow the Structural Heart Program within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.


February 16, 2021

Jaleesa Jackson, M.D., Anesthesiologist Specializing in Cancer Pain, Joins UAMS Health

Linda Satter

Jaleesa Jackson in white coat

LITTLE ROCK — Jaleesa A. Jackson, M.D., a chronic pain medicine fellowship-trained anesthesiologist, is now seeing patients at the UAMS Health Pain Clinic in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neuroscience Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). An assistant professor in anesthesiology, she specializes in helping cancer patients manage severe pain…


January 19, 2021

UAMS Myeloma Center Social Work Manager Appointed to National Board

Linda Haymes

Harold Dean, LCSW, OCW-C

LITTLE ROCK — The Board of Oncology Social Work Certification (BOSWC) recently chose Harold Dean, LCSW, OCW-C, clinical social work program manager for the Myeloma Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to serve on its board. Dean will serve for three years. The BOSWC, established in 2003, promotes excellence in psychosocial…


January 5, 2021

Benjamin Stronach, M.D., Becomes UAMS’ Fourth Total Joint Replacement Surgeon

Linda Satter

Benjamin Stronach, M.D.

Benjamin Stronach, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee arthroplasty, a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to restore function to a joint. Stronach will be seeing patients at the UAMS Health Orthopaedic Clinic at 2 Shackleford W Blvd. in Little Rock. He…


January 4, 2021

UAMS College of Medicine Honors 1968 Graduate Jack Blackshear, M.D., as 2020 Distinguished Alumnus

News Staff

1968 UAMS College of Medicine graduate Jack Blackshear, M.D., is the college’s 2020 Distinguished Alumnus.

Jack Blackshear, M.D., has always had a soft spot in his heart for his medical school alma mater and the aspiring physicians who have followed in his footsteps since his 1968 graduation from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine. The Paragould native and retired internal medicine/gastroenterology specialist’s dedication to UAMS and…


December 22, 2020

Jennifer Laudadio, M.D., Named Chair of Department of Pathology

Linda Satter

Jennifer Laudadio, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Jennifer Laudadio, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Pathology in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine. Laudadio, a professor of pathology, had been interim chair since Aug. 1. “Dr. Laudadio has earned praise for her commitment to quality and safety, and her work in…


December 14, 2020

Sports Medicine physician Kathryn Nance Joins UAMS Orthopaedics

Linda Haymes

Kathryn L. Nance, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Kathryn L. Nance, M.D., a board-certified family medicine doctor who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine, has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and is seeing patients at the UAMS Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Clinic at 10815 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock. She is a member of the…


December 9, 2020

Myeloma Survivor Grateful for Time with Grandchildren

Linda Haymes

“Growing old with my husband, watching my grandchildren grow up and spending time with my family and friends were some of the things I thought I might miss,” Linda Cancienne of Alabaster, Alabama, said, recalling being diagnosed with myeloma in 2001 when she was 59.

Linda Cancienne of Alabaster, Alabama, and her husband, Mike, recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary by gathering with family around a backyard fire pit, socially distancing and wearing masks. “We went to our daughter’s house and enjoyed being together and recalling good memories,” Cancienne said. “I sure do miss hugging, though.” There was a time…



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