September 23, 2021

The COVID-19 Heroes of Internal Medicine

Graphic image of three people. The one in the middle has a stethoscope

Message from the Chairman From the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in Arkansas to now, UAMS has been instrumental in developing a response to the coronavirus, its variants, and the inevitable impact on the healthcare system of the state and the wellbeing of the general public. And while UAMS as a whole has been the leading…


August 6, 2021

Elena Ambrogini, M.D., Ph.D., Is the New Division Director for the Division of Endocrinology / Metabolism

Elena Ambrogini

A dedicated UAMS employee who has been with us for years, she’s replacing Dr. Stavros Manolagas as the Division Director for the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and will be bringing her team-centric mindset to the leadership role.   Dr. Ambrogini has dedicated her life to medicine. She was born and raised in Italy, where…


Kelley Suskie Takes Helm as the Department Administrator

Kelley Suskie

We are excited to welcome Kelley Suskie, MHSA, FACMPE back to UAMS, and Internal Medicine is fortunate to have her guiding the department as the administrative lead under Dr. Yeh. Except for a recent stint at the University of Rochester following recruitment for an administrative leadership role there, Kelley has been part of the UAMS…


July 30, 2021

UAMS Cardiology Team Clears 95%-blocked Artery With New Shockwave Technology

Subhi Al’Aref, M.D.

By Linda Satter A new technology that uses sonic waves to blast calcium deposits out of arteries is now available at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The treatment option for advanced heart disease debuted in central Arkansas on June 16 when UAMS cardiologist Subhi Al’Aref, M.D., used it to successfully open and…


July 14, 2021

UAMS’ First Phase 1 Cancer Clinical Trial Testing New Way to Protect Hearts while Treating Cancer

Dr. Chang poses in front of an exam room

UAMS’ First Phase 1 Cancer Clinical Trial Testing New Way to Protect Hearts while Treating Cancer


November 19, 2020

Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., Named Chair, Department of Internal Medicine in UAMS College of Medicine

Edward Yeh

By Amy Widner Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., FACC, joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of MedicineNov. 1 as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and the Nolan Family Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine. Yeh succeeds James Marsh, M.D., who will serve as a senior cardiologist on the faculty until his retirement in January….


September 23, 2020

UAMS Endocrinology Fellows Selected for American Thyroid Association Committees

Endo Fellows

The two seniors in the UAMS Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship program have been selected to serve on committees of the American Thyroid Association. Hooman Motahari, M.D., will serve on the Internet and Social Media Communications Committee. Soumya Thumma, M.D., will serve on the Trainee and Career Advancement Committee. Spyridoula Maraka, M.D., director of the Endocrinology…


September 16, 2020

Endocrinology Fellows Selected for National Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

Endo Fellows

Both seniors in the UAMS Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship program have been selected to serve on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the national Association of Program Directors in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (APDEM). Hooman Motahari, M.D., earned a medical degree at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Iran and completed residency at…


September 14, 2020

Heart Researchers Uncover Simple Tool to Quickly Diagnose Normal vs. Abnormal Rapid Heartbeat

Cardiology fellow Swathi Kovelamudi, M.D., left, and Professor Hakan Paydak, M.D.

By Amy Widner A team of heart researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has determined a new way to diagnose a dangerous heart rhythm issue using easily understandable graphs. Their findings were published as a case study in JAMA Internal Medicine, and they are working on follow-up research to further explore their findings….


August 25, 2020

UAMS Study Shows Palliative Care for Seriously Ill Surgical Patients Reduces Hospital Length of Stay

Faculty members involved in study

By Susan Van Dusen A new study by doctors at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) shows that seriously ill surgical patients are discharged from the hospital sooner if they receive palliative care, which includes pain management. The study, titled “Impact of Palliative Care Utilization for Surgical Patients Receiving Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation: National…


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