College of Medicine


November 20, 2020

M. Denise Compton, Ph.D., Invested in Magalene McKinnon Ingram Endowed Professorship in Geriatric Education

Benjamin Waldrum

Chancellor Patterson (left) and Dean Westfall (right) present Compton with a commemorative medallion and inscribed chair at the investiture ceremony Nov. 18. Compton, who joined UAMS in 2010, is actively involved in providing educational programs for the public regarding memory and cognitive disorders.

Denise Compton, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and geriatric neuropsychologist specializing in seniors and cognitive disorders at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Nov. 18 in the Magalene McKinnon Ingram Endowed Professorship in Geriatric Education. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Compton was invested in a brief ceremony broadcast online via Zoom….


Steven Barger, Ph.D., Invested in Louise G. Hearn Chair in Dementia and Long-Term Care

Benjamin Waldrum

Chancellor Patterson (left) and Dean Westfall (right) present Barger with a commemorative medallion and inscribed chair at the investiture ceremony Nov. 18. Barger, an accomplished neuroscience and neurological disease researcher, joined UAMS in 1996.

Steven Barger, Ph.D., a neuroscience and neurological disease researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Nov. 18 in the Louise G. Hearn Chair in Dementia and Long-Term Care. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barger was invested in a brief ceremony broadcast online via Zoom. Attendees wore masks and were socially…


November 2, 2020

Five UAMS Researchers Receive Seed Funding for New Projects

Benjamin Waldrum

Five UAMS scientists each received $15,000 in seed funding for new research. Top row: Youssef Aachoui, Ph.D., Merideth Addicott, Ph.D., Alicia Byrd, Ph.D. Bottom row: Behjatolah "BJ" Karbassi, Ph.D., and Rupak Pathak, Ph.D.

Five UAMS scientists were awarded $15,000 each to fund research projects in the coming year, thanks to an endowment created by generous donors nearly four decades ago. The Medical Research Endowment Fund was one of the first major fundraising campaigns of the UAMS Board of Advisors. Established in 1982 to stimulate and support research programs…


October 28, 2020

Fellowship-trained Gynecologic Oncologist Heather Williams, M.D., Joins UAMS

Susan Van Dusen

Heather Williams, M.D.

Gynecologic oncologist Heather Williams, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and sees patients in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. She is an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


October 27, 2020

UAMS Lincoln Project Aims to Reduce Prevalence of Heart Disease through Grassroots

Amy Widner

“Heart disease is about lifestyle – habits are more impactful than heredity,” said Irion “Chip” Pursell, M.P.H., RN, B.S.N., and director of Cardiology Research in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine. Laura Bourdie is research operations manager for the UAMS Lincoln Project.

A million people in Arkansas are living with heart disease – that’s a third of the population – and it puts them at risk for health complications and early death. Exactly why this is the case and how it can be addressed in a holistic way long before these Arkansans end up in an emergency…


October 21, 2020

Four Physicians Join UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute

Tim Taylor

San Bui, M.D.; James Scott Steele, M.D, Ph.D.; Toby Belknap, M.D.; and Ming Hwei Yek, Psy.D. recently joined the Psychiatric Research Institute.

LITTLE ROCK — The Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently added four new physicians to its faculty. Ming Hwei Yek, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist, is an assistant professor in the UAMS Department of Psychiatry. Yek received a master’s in Clinical Psychology from McGill University of Montreal and…


October 20, 2020

UAMS Researcher Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Study Bone Health, Exercise Connection

Amy Widner

"Scientists have long understood there is a connection between bone size and strength related to physical activity," said Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

LITTLE ROCK — A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how physical activity improves bone health, with possible implications for bone loss from osteoporosis and aging. Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of…


October 16, 2020

Study by UAMS Researchers Finds Low Risk of COVID-19 Infection from Hospital

Amy Widner

Nurse in PPE

People who had recently been in the hospital were 24 times less likely to develop a COVID-19 infection than the general population, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers found in a study that used data from 45 hospitals. The study focused on people who had been in the hospital for conditions not related…


October 14, 2020

UAMS Neurosurgeon Erika Petersen Granted Patent for Device To Treat Head, Neck and Facial Pain

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Petersen

Erika Petersen, M.D., a neurosurgeon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been granted a patent for a nerve stimulator specifically designed to treat chronic pain and migraines in hard-to-treat areas like the head and face. Petersen’s efforts to patent and develop the device have been supported by BioVentures, LLC, a technology…


October 13, 2020

Rodney Davis, M.D., Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Arkansas Urologic Society

Amy Widner

Dr. Davis with award

Rodney Davis, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Urology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received the Headstream Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Arkansas Urologic Society. Davis is an internationally recognized expert in minimally invasive techniques to treat urologic malignancies. He has made innumerable contributions since his…



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