Welcome to the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. We are among the largest at UAMS with 105 full-time faculty members, and training ranks that include 88 residents and 68 fellows in two residency programs and twelve fellowship programs. Department leadership structure consists of the Chair, Dr. James D. Marsh, a clinical and molecular cardiologist, experienced educator, and leader. He has chaired the department 7.5 years. The department has three vice chairs: Dr. Robert W. Bradsher, vice chair of education; Dr. C. Stavros Manolagas, vice chair of research, and Dr. Robert Safirstein, executive vice chair. Organizationally, the department is comprised of nine academic divisions, each led by a division director who reports to the Chair. Each division also leads their respective services at the Central Arkansas Veterans Health Service facility, which is immediately adjacent to the University Hospital and connected by an enclosed sky bridge.
Our Four-fold Mission
Provide Patient Care
For our patients, our physicians provide a host of outstanding, contemporary clinical services. These clinical services range from primary care and disease prevention for those who wish to maintain good health, to complex interventions and organ transplantation for those with advanced disease.
Research and Discover
Two important functions of the Department are to make significant discoveries in biomedical science that will ultimately benefit human health, and also to convey the discoveries and process of scientific inquiry to the next generation of physicians and scientists. Therefore, many of our 110 full-time faculty members conduct very active research programs that range from fundamental molecular biology to population-based studies of human disease patterns.
All of our MD and PhD faculty members are educators, serving at the bedside, in the classroom, or at the laboratory bench. Our clinical, education, and research programs are organized within nine divisions.
Postgraduate medical education includes Residency in Internal Medicine and Medicine/Pediatrics. We also have ten subspecialty fellowship programs. Contemporary medical care, research, and education is at its best when it is highly integrated, and to facilitate this there are extensive interactions between programs in Internal Medicine and those in other Departments, Centers, and Institutes at UAMS. Most of the programs of the Department are based on the main UAMS campus, but telemedicine is used to extend our clinical and education programs. Our scientific collaborations are national and international.
Serve Our Community
The Department has a deep commitment to the greater community in which we work and live. Faculty members, fellows, and residents provide extensive discounted and free medical care in the inpatient and outpatient setting to those who are medically under-served. We also participate in programs involving health education, health maintenance, and medical education to professionals, permitting us to reach beyond our immediate community in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is expected that our research programs in health services delivery and community health will have a long term benefit on the health and lives of many people throughout the region.