Department News


October 1, 2019

Faces of UAMS: Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

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.


September 24, 2019

UAMS First in State with Advanced Brain Surgery Planning System

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…


September 4, 2019

Erika Petersen, M.D., Selected to Lead National Clinical Trial on Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

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…


August 21, 2019

Erika Petersen, M.D., Awarded for Work to Improve Pain Treatment

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…


July 1, 2019

UAMS Starts Digital Health Program to Help Spine Patients Statewide

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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…


June 6, 2019

Dr. Rodriguez Named to Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

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.  


April 30, 2019

Neurostimulator Significantly Reduces Seizures for Missouri Man

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…


April 29, 2019

Woman Relaxed for First Time in Years After Complex Spine Surgery

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…


April 8, 2019

Patient finds relief after suffering from spine deformity

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…


February 27, 2019

UAMS is the first hospital in the state to offer treatment for Refractory Epilepsy

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…



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