Erick Messias

September 24, 2018

Seventy Years Later, Edith Irby Jones, M.D., Continues to Inspire

Benjamin Waldrum

First-year medical students Brittany Demmings and Tia'Asia James meet Edith Irby Jones, M.D. (at right) after receiving scholarships created in her name.

Sept. 24, 2018 | A month-long celebration of the life and career of Edith Irby Jones, M.D., who enrolled 70 years ago at UAMS as the first African-American medical student in the South, brought thanks and appreciation from those she inspired and served.

October 11, 2017

UAMS Tours The World at International Fest, Caps Diversity Month


UAMS International Fest Diversity Month

Oct. 11, 2017 | On most days the ground floor concourse in the Education II Building is a thoroughfare and gathering place for students, but Sept. 28 it became a mode for world travels. UAMS faculty, staff and students who attended transformed into globetrotting tourists and sightseers. It began in China, sampling local cuisine, admiring…

September 19, 2017

Tolerance Plays Important Role Throughout History


Erick Messias UAMS

Sept. 19, 2017 | Tolerance has aided the rise of the world’s great empires and intolerance has abetted their fall, said Erick Messias, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., associate dean for faculty affairs in the UAMS College of Medicine. Messias’ Sept. 13 lunchtime lecture, which followed Day of Empire, a book by Yale Law School Professor Amy…

January 28, 2016

Doctor Explores Roots of Racism as UAMS Honors King

Yavonda Chase

Jan. 28, 2016 | “Are we born racist?” That was the tough question posed by Erick Messias, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., as UAMS employees and students gathered Jan. 24 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality and to discuss where we stand in achieving his goal. Approximately 150 people attended an hourlong program celebrating…

July 20, 2015

Deep Brain Stimulation Relieves Patient’s OCD Symptoms

Kelly Gardner

July 20, 2015 | Thomasine Williams of Sherwood was constantly washing her hands and arranging and rearranging items. She was unable to go anywhere in public without taking a towel to sit on. She balked at opening doors and using silverware at restaurants.