Department News


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…


October 16, 2018

Family Finds Faith an Anchor During Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury

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…


August 31, 2018

W. Morris III, M.D., Joins Faculty

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…


August 13, 2018

Erika Petersen, M. D. – New Book Publication!

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…


July 19, 2018

Neurosurgery Department’s Gender, Racial Diversity Bucks National Trends

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…


July 13, 2018

UAMS Medical Center Certified as First and Only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Arkansas

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…



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