Department News


February 26, 2019

Patient Uses FaceTime to Call Family During Brain Surgery

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….


February 11, 2019

Fort Smith Woman has Fewer Seizures Thanks to Surgical Implant

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. “Sometimes my tongue or lip would be bleeding when I woke up,” Hatcher said. “It’s exhausting. Your whole body tenses up in a seizure. By the time it’s over, you’re so…


February 4, 2019

Models for Research: Dr. Erika Petersen Leads Multiple Studies

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…


January 29, 2019

Diabetic Pain Study at UAMS to Test Spinal Cord Stimulation Device

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…


January 28, 2019

Here’s to Dr. Pait

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…


January 22, 2019

5th Annual Parkinson’s Symposium

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…


December 3, 2018

Violinist Plays Again Thanks to Spinal Cord Stimulation

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…


November 13, 2018

UAMS Cancer Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Develop New Cancer Therapies

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…


November 9, 2018

Dr. Erika Petersen live on KLRT

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…


November 8, 2018

Erika Petersen M.D. – The Face of Neurosurgery in Arkansas

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…



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