• Epilepsy Experts Share Updates on Condition during UAMS SymposiumNovember 23, 2021

    Harshad Ladha, M.D., used graphics to illustrate his presentation.
  • UAMS Pioneers Minimally Invasive Spine SurgeryOctober 5, 2021

    Noojan Kazemi, M.D.

    Before and after photos of the 59-year-old man whose back deformity was repaired using the minimally invasive LIP technique. A new minimally invasive surgical technique at UAMS is streamlining spine surgery, allowing more precise work and speeding up patients’ recovery time. Called Lateral-in-Prone or ‘LIP,’ the new technique allows surgeons to operate on patients through…

  • UAMS Performs First GammaTile Brain Surgery in ArkansasJuly 30, 2021

  • Minimally Invasive Brain Tumor Removal Gives Morrilton Grandmother ‘a Second Chance’May 28, 2021

    Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., and neurosurgical resident Marcus Stephens, M.D. perform surgery.
  • UAMS Neurosurgeon Performs State’s First Deep Brain Stimulation for EpilepsyMarch 23, 2021

  • UAMS Neurosurgeon Erika Petersen Granted Patent for Device To Treat Head, Neck and Facial PainOctober 15, 2020

  • Dr. Analiz Rodriguez shares her CNS Leadership ExperienceOctober 1, 2020

    Analiz Rodriguez
  • Erika Petersen, M.D., First Female Neurosurgeon Named Professor in ArkansasSeptember 8, 2020

  • Heather Pinckard-Dover, M.D., is First Female to Graduate UAMS Neurosurgery ResidencyAugust 10, 2020

    Heather Pinckard-Dover, M.D., and Professor Erika Petersen, M.D., prepare for a surgery together.

    By Amy Widner It doesn’t take long for many young girls to be exposed to messages about what girls “can” and “cannot” do. Thankfully, Heather Pinckard-Dover never got the memo. She is the first female neurosurgeon to complete a residency at UAMS, Arkansas’ only academic health sciences center. “From the time I was little, my…

  • Grant Gives UAMS Physician-Scientist Access to Gene Analysis SoftwareJuly 27, 2020

    Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.
  • UAMS Researches Find Insurance Status Affects Treatment, Outcomes in Child Brain InjuriesJuly 15, 2020

  • UAMS First in Arkansas to Use ExcelsiusGPS for Robot-Assisted Spinal SurgeryJuly 14, 2020

    Video screen showing image of spine and pelvis
  • Ebonye Green Champions Neuroscience NursesMay 14, 2020

    Eboney Greene
  • Dr. Erika Petersen Receives Residency Educator AwardApril 30, 2020

    Erika Petersen

    Residency Educator Award – Program Director Erika Petersen, M.D., Neurosurgery Residency Professor(effective 7-1-20), Department of Neurosurgery Petersen has made strides in the Neurosurgery Residency Program since becoming program director in 2015. Her work has enhanced the selection process for identifying the best candidates for the residency, strengthened the learning environment and increased residents’ participation in…

  • Car Crash Leads to Discovery of Brain Tumor, Now in RemissionApril 14, 2020

    Matthew Koshinski

    By Katrina Dupins Feb. 11, 2020 | Matthew Koshinski believes the car crash he was in two years ago saved his life. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2018, he wasn’t feeling his best. But the 22-year-old supervisor at UPS went in to work anyway. Matthew Koshinski “I didn’t think much of it. I just thought…

  • UAMS Scientists Awarded Grants for Cancer ResearchMarch 19, 2020


    By Linda Haymes Newly awarded grants are advancing research efforts at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Three Seeds of Science small grant awards of $50,000 each were presented March 5 to UAMS cancer researchers at “The Doctor is in” event hosted by the Envoys volunteer advocacy group. The event included a research poster…

  • Robot-assisted Spine Surgery at UAMS is First in StateFebruary 19, 2020

    Noojan Kazemi

    UAMS is the first hospital in the state of Arkansas to operate with the Excelsius robot. Dr. Noojan Kazemi, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, said the robot helps improve accuracy and reduce the invasiveness of spinal surgery. "In minimizing our incisions and dissection pathway, we are able to allow faster recovery time and hopefully better and…

  • Tomoko Tanaka, M.D., Joins FacultyDecember 19, 2019

    Tomoko Tanaka, M.D.

    Tomoko Tanaka, M.D., has joined the Department of Neurosurgery as an associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Tanaka earned her medical degree at Kitasato University School of Medicine in Japan, graduating as valedictorian. She completed a neurosurgery residency at Emory University in Atlanta and a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital…

  • UAMS' First Epilepsy Symposium Highlights Latest AdvancesDecember 5, 2019

    UAMS held its first epilepsy symposium Nov. 16.

    By Katrina Dupins Nov. 26, 2019 | About 45 health care professionals and patients met Nov. 16 to discuss the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders at Arkansas’ first Epilepsy Symposium at UAMS. Epilepsy is a common and serious neurological condition that affects over 50 million people worldwide. Epilepsy specialist…

  • Gregory Albert, M.D., M.P.H., Invested in Pediatric Neurosurgery Endowed Chair at ACHNovember 21, 2019

    Greg- Albert Investiture

    Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) celebrated the investiture of Gregory Albert, M.D., M.P.H., FAANS, FACS, FAAP, as recipient and steward of the Lee and Bob Cress Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery on November 12 on the campus of ACH. Dr. Albert is an Associate Professor in the…

  • Flanigan-Boop Lecturer: Anatomy Research BenefitsOctober 21, 2019


    By Ben Boulden Despite all the centuries physicians have studied the human body, its anatomy still has secrets to reveal that can improve the treatment of patients and their health outcomes, said R. Shane Tubbs, Ph.D., professor of neurosurgery and cell biology, and director of surgical anatomy at Tulane University in New Orleans. Tubbs, left,…

  • J.D. Day, M.D., Invested in Robert Watson, M.D. Chair in Neurological SurgeryOctober 15, 2019


    J.D. Day, M.D., an internationally recognized leader in skull base surgery and specialist in Gamma Knife surgery and vascular disorders of the brain and skull base at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Oct. 10 in the Robert Watson, M.D., Chair in Neurological Surgery. “This is probably one of the most…

  • 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


    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! This year, the punching was more than just a metaphor.…

  • 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…