• Faces of UAMS: Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.October 1, 2019

    Analiz Rodriguez

      Meet Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., director of neurosurgical oncology in the UAMS Department of Neurosurgery and a research scientist. Analiz discusses how her dual roles as clinician and researcher add to her sense of professional fulfillment and how an encounter with a patient helped motivate her in her choice of a career path.

  • UAMS First in State with Advanced Brain Surgery Planning SystemSeptember 24, 2019

    Scan of brain showing different regions

    By Amy Widner The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is home to the first neurosurgery program in the state with BrightMatterTM, a surgical planning software for brain surgery. The software helps brain surgeons protect important parts of the brain that control functions like the senses, movement, language and memory through planning and interaction…

  • Erika Petersen, M.D., Selected to Lead National Clinical Trial on Painful Diabetic NeuropathySeptember 4, 2019

    Ericka Petersen

    By Amy Widner Sept. 4, 2019 | Erika Petersen, M.D., a neurosurgeon and researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been named the lead investigator for a major national clinical trial exploring a unique treatment for a painful chronic diabetic foot condition. The trial will test whether high frequency spinal cord stimulation is…

  • Erika Petersen, M.D., Awarded for Work to Improve Pain TreatmentAugust 21, 2019

    Erika Petersen, MD

    By Amy Widner Aug. 21, 2019 | Erika Petersen, M.D. a neurosurgeon at UAMS, has received the inaugural Clinical Excellence Award from the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience for her work to advance the treatment of pain. She was recognized at the society’s annual meeting July 26-28 in Miami. The award recognizes clinicians for…

  • UAMS Starts Digital Health Program to Help Spine Patients StatewideJuly 1, 2019

    SpineProgram-IDHI-Pait-featured

    By Ben Boulden June 26, 2019 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has begun a digital health spine clinic to allow patients across Arkansas with spinal disorders, spinal cord tumors, and patients who have recently undergone surgery to go to the location closest to home without having to travel to Little Rock…

  • Dr. Rodriguez Named to Arkansas Business 40 Under 40June 6, 2019

    Analiz Rodriguez

    Congratulations to Dr. Analiz Rodriguez of the Department of Neurosurgery, who was named to the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40. Read the article on the Arkansas Business website.  

  • Neurostimulator Significantly Reduces Seizures for Missouri ManApril 30, 2019

    Matthew Pinegar and Dr. Palys

    By Katrina Dupins March 18, 2019 | Matthew Pinegar was 3 months old when he had his first seizure. He was put on medication to keep them at bay, then taken off the medicine in junior high. “It wasn’t until I was 21 when I had my first grand mal,” Pinegar said. “After that happened…

  • Woman Relaxed for First Time in Years After Complex Spine SurgeryApril 29, 2019

    Doctor posing with patient in exam room

    By Katrina Dupins Last fall, just getting out of a chair and walking from one room to the next was a labored and painful experience for Denise Frerichs. The pain was excruciating and it ran down from her back to her legs. “The pain started about two years ago. At first I thought it would…

  • Patient finds relief after suffering from spine deformityApril 8, 2019

    Noojan Kazemi

    During the past year, Denise Frerichs found it difficult to move due to the immense pain caused by a spine deformity and immense pain.   She came to UAMS to see Dr. Noojan Kazemi, neurosurgeon who specializes in complex spine surgery.    Denise was first treated with medication and physical therapy, but ultimately it was decided surgery…

  • UAMS is the first hospital in the state to offer treatment for Refractory EpilepsyFebruary 27, 2019

    Viktoras Palys, M.D.

    “UAMS is the first hospital in Arkansas to offer the most advanced treatment for adults with Refractory Epilepsy that can’t be controlled by medicine. The patient had been having seizures most of his life. At this point, his seizures were affecting his life, mood, memory and overall well-being.  Dr. Palys explains: “Every time you have…

  • Patient Uses FaceTime to Call Family During Brain SurgeryFebruary 26, 2019

    Stephenson and his wife

    By Katrina Dupins Feb. 15, 2019 | Before his seizure on May 31, 2018, Chris Stephenson, of Horatio, Ark., had no idea he had a tumor the size of an orange in his brain. He was logging about 4,000 miles a week in his big rig and happened to be driving when the seizure happened.…

  • Fort Smith Woman has Fewer Seizures Thanks to Surgical ImplantFebruary 11, 2019

    Viktoras Palys, MD

    By Katrina Dupins Tori Hatcher used to wake up many mornings in intense pain due to epileptic seizures. They often happened as she slept. Viktoras Palys, M.D. examines his patient Tori Hatcher weeks after she receives a surgical implant to reduce seizures. “Sometimes my tongue or lip would be bleeding when I woke up,” Hatcher…

  • Models for Research: Dr. Erika Petersen Leads Multiple StudiesFebruary 4, 2019

    Erika Petersen, M.D.

    UAMS Translational Research Institute Helps Busy Neurosurgeon, Dr. Erika Petersen, Lead Multiple Studies Erika Petersen, M.D., saw the outlines of her career when she was just 16. As a participant in a summer research program at Duke Cancer Institute, she gained insight beyond the lab work. "As part of the program, I got to stand…

  • Diabetic Pain Study at UAMS to Test Spinal Cord Stimulation DeviceJanuary 29, 2019

    Ericka Petersen

    By David Robinson People with chronic painful diabetic neuropathy are being enrolled in a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research study of a spinal cord stimulation device designed to reduce the pain. Led at UAMS by Erika Petersen, M.D., a neurosurgeon and researcher, the study is part of a clinical trial being conducted…

  • Here's to Dr. PaitJanuary 28, 2019

    T. Glenn Pait, M.D., FACS, FAANS

    Dr. T. Glenn Pait, Professor of Neurosurgery, is the voice of UAMS’s “Here’s to Your Health”  broadcast on KUAR, the National Public Radio affiliate at UA Little Rock. This is a popular weekly radio show that delivers patient education, general medical information and translational research. As a measure of appreciation, a listener of Dr. Pait’s…

  • 5th Annual Parkinson's SymposiumJanuary 22, 2019

    Parkinson's Symposium Card

    April 7, 2019 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Jack T. Stephens Building – 12th Floor Free to public   April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Each year, 50 to 60 thousand new cases are diagnosed in the United States. Researchers are working toward finding a cure and making progress on the best treatment options. April…

  • Violinist Plays Again Thanks to Spinal Cord StimulationDecember 3, 2018

    Woman holding a violin

    By Katrina Dupins Alventena Cobb of Conway is a professional musician. She’s played the violin for more than 30 years and has instructed many students. Cobb uses her instrument as a method of expression. So when a shoulder injury prevented her from picking up her bow and strings, she felt incomplete. In 2007, Cobb had…

  • UAMS Cancer Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Develop New Cancer TherapiesNovember 13, 2018

    Karen Abbott, PH.D. and Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

    By Linda Haymes UAMS College of Medicine researchers have received a $604,208 grant to study how an abnormal protein found in ovarian cancer and some brain tumors helps tumors grow. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the three-year grant to Karen Abbott, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry…

  • Dr. Erika Petersen live on KLRTNovember 9, 2018

    Dr. Petersen on KARK

    Dr. Erika Petersen was live on KLRT  to talk about a new study that can help reduce pain from leg amputation. The types of pain the study focuses on are chronic pain that makes it hard to wear a prosthesis and phantom pain, which occurs when a missing part of their body hurts even though it…

  • Erika Petersen M.D. - The Face of Neurosurgery in ArkansasNovember 8, 2018

    Dr. Petersen - Faces of AR

    Dr. Erika Petersen was featured in the AY Magazine as the Face of Neurosurgery in the State of Arkansas. "Erika Petersen, M.D., became the first female neurosurgery faculty member at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2010. Petersen was recruited to the school to build and direct a program in functional neurosurgery and…

  • Family Finds Faith an Anchor During Recovery From Traumatic Brain InjuryOctober 16, 2018

    Joshua Moody and his parents, Gwen and David, standing in a hallway.

    Watch the KATV video about this story on their website. By Katrina Dupins On the afternoon of November 10, 2017, the temperature hovered just below 60 degrees. A few clouds passed through the sky as a light breeze moved through leaves rich with fall foliage. Joshua Moody, 22, and his father, David, decided they would…

  • W. Morris III, M.D., Joins FacultyAugust 31, 2018

    T. W. Morris, M.D.

    W. Morris III, M.D., has joined the Department of Neurosurgery as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Morris received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He recently completed his neurosurgery residency at UAMS, where he received the Resident Award for Excellence in Research in 2016. Dr. Morris’ primary clinical interests are…

  • Erika Petersen, M. D. - New Book Publication!August 13, 2018

    Head and Face Pain Book Cover

    Dr. Erika Petersen has a new book that has been published by Springer: Diagnosis and Management of Head and Face Pain-A Practical Approach. "This text is a comprehensive guide to the evaluation of patients with head and face pain.  It is a resource for any physician or dentist to properly diagnosis and to learn the options…

  • Neurosurgery Department’s Gender, Racial Diversity Bucks National TrendsJuly 19, 2018

    Neurosurgery Faculty

    Looking around the Department of Neurosurgery at UAMS, you would be forgiven for not knowing that brain surgery is a profession with a reputation for a lack of diversity. That is because the makeup of the department doesn’t reflect national trends. Three of its 10 faculty are female. Of its 11 residents, two are African-American men. The department welcomed its…

  • UAMS Medical Center Certified as First and Only Comprehensive Stroke Center in ArkansasJuly 13, 2018

    UAMS stroke team

    UAMS Medical Center has become the first and only health care provider in Arkansas to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. “Achieving the standard of care…

  • Patients, Caregivers, Doctors Unite at Parkinson’s ForumApril 25, 2018

    Erika Petersen

    Nearly 200 people came together at UAMS for the fourth annual Parkinson’s Forum to give the disease a one-two punch. One: Arm yourself with the latest information about the treatment of Parkinson’s. Two: Surround yourself with a community of fellow patients, caregivers and supporters. Knockout! The audience practices their boxing skills. This year, the punching…

  • Dr. Analiz Rodriguez Awarded 2018 Seeds of Science GrantJanuary 29, 2018

    Group of researchers

    The newly awarded grant will assist scientists at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in their search for new and innovative cancer treatments. The grants of $10,000 each were presented to young investigators by the Envoys, a volunteer advocacy group of the Cancer Institute Foundation, during their “Doctor is In” reception and research poster…

  • Dr. Erika Petersen “first in the region" Intellis SCSSeptember 11, 2017

    Dr. Petersen in surgery

    "The Intellis platform was designed to overcome limitations with current spinal cord stimulation (SCS) systems, such as battery performance, and can power the EvolveSM workflow*, which standardizes guidance and balances high-dose (HD) and low-dose (LD) therapy settings. The Intellis platform can record and track patient activity 24/7 and is managed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab…