Faculty


September 3, 2020

Erika Petersen, M.D., First Female Neurosurgeon Named Professor in Arkansas

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Petersen

Erika Petersen, M.D., didn’t set out to become the first female neurosurgeon to be promoted to the rank of full professor in Arkansas. “If you had asked me to predict a few things in my life, that wouldn’t have been one of them. I would not have predicted being in Arkansas for 10 years. I…


August 27, 2020

UAMS-Based Investigators Receive $39 Million Grant Renewal to Coordinate Multistate Clinical Trials in Infants & Children

Amy Widner

Portrait of Drs. Lee and Snowden

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded $39 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue to oversee an 18-site pediatric clinical trial network that provides children in medically underserved or rural areas access to clinical studies on environmental influences on early development. The Data Coordinating and Operations Center…


August 18, 2020

Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., Named Chair, Department of Internal Medicine in UAMS College of Medicine

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Yeh

Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., FACC, has been named chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and the Nolan Family Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Yeh joins UAMS on Nov. 1, succeeding James Marsh, M.D., who will serve as a senior cardiologist…


August 17, 2020

When Children Beg for Vegetables: Study Looks into ‘Pester Power’

Amy Widner

Windy WISE logo

Young children have a superpower that UAMS researchers believe can be harnessed for positive change. It’s called pester power, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: with the right priming, kids can “pester” adults into making healthy food choices. To study pester power, UAMS researchers looked at a yearlong program in which young children were…


July 27, 2020

Wendy Ward, Ph.D. Named Associate Provost, Succeeding Jeannette Shorey, M.D.

Linda Haymes

Wendy Ward, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Wendy Ward, Ph.D., has been named associate provost for faculty in the Division of Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She replaces Jeanette Shorey, M.D., who retired Feb. 29. Ward is a professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and has been director of interprofessional…


July 16, 2020

UAMS Contributes to Global Study Published in Lancet on Lung Complications for COVID-19 Patients Undergoing Surgery

Amy Widner

Dr. Giorgakis posing for photo outside

COVID-19 patients who underwent surgery were more likely to develop lung complications or die compared to those without COVID-19 in an international study that included the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a collaborating partner. Because of this heightened risk, the threshold for surgery should be higher during the pandemic, with consideration given…


July 1, 2020

UAMS First in Arkansas to Use ExcelsiusGPS for Robot-Assisted Spinal Surgery

Amy Widner

Screen shot of robot

UAMS Medical Center is the first hospital in Arkansas to operate with the ExcelsiusGPS robotic spine navigation system that helps improve accuracy and reduce the invasiveness of spinal surgery. Both the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Neurosurgery use the new spine robot for patients needing spine surgery. Noojan Kazemi, M.D., an associate professor…


June 17, 2020

Research Finds Inflammatory Connection for High Cholesterol, Suggests Possible Combo of Medications

Amy Widner

Portrait of Metha and Ding outside

New research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the affiliated VA Medical Center suggests a combination of drug therapies – one that already exists and a second that would need to be developed to target a specific inflammatory response – could be effective for managing high LDL-cholesterol and atherosclerosis, and the…


June 10, 2020

UAMS-UA Research Yields Long-lasting Disinfectant Spray for Surfaces

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Crooks

Researchers at UAMS and University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, are developing a long-lasting spray that coats and disinfects surfaces for extended periods, even in heavy use, and is less likely to transmit infectious diseases. The project is one of many at both campuses that uses research funding quickly made available during the COVID-19 pandemic for projects…


May 21, 2020

UAMS Researcher to Use $991,000 to Improve Health of Arkansans with Food Insecurity and Type 2 Diabetes

David Wise

Chris Long

FAYETTEVILLE – A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher recently received a $991,145 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the nutritional health of low-income individuals with type 2 diabetes. Christopher Long, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, will use the  award from the USDA’s National Institute…



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