University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St.,
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: - (501)686-8000


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is one of the region's major academic health centers, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, with outreach programs operating in every county and a regional campus in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to our hospital and clinics, UAMS includes five colleges and a graduate school, eight Area Health Education Centers, and six institutes of excellence. UAMS Medical Center has completed a 540,000 square foot expansion, which gives our teaching hospital a total of 373 private adult patient rooms (including 40 psychiatric rooms) and 64 bassinets. We have a new emergency department, clinical lab and radiology department along with room to expand other services. Adjacent to the new hospital is our new Psychiatric Research Institute. Shell space is ready for longer term expansion of an additional 60 rooms.

What is a teaching hospital?
Teaching hospitals are providers of primary care and routine patient services, as well centers for experimental, innovative and technically sophisticated services. Many of the advances started in the research laboratories of medical schools are incorporated into patient care through clinical research programs at teaching hospitals. Additionally, teaching hospitals are special places that help the underserved and provide comprehensive and unique services for the general population. The U.S. health care system relies on teaching hospitals — and their clinics, emergency rooms, free-standing ambulatory care centers, chronic care facilities, hospices, and individual and group practices — for the clinical education of medical students and residents. Teaching hospitals are essential "classrooms" for physicians, nurses, and other health professionals and providers.

Cutting-edge technology and comprehensive care in an environment of comfort and concern.
Voted "one of America’s best" hospitals consistently by U.S. News & World Report, UAMS Medical Center includes:
the hospital and the clinics in the Outpatient Center
the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
the Reynolds Institute on Aging
the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute
the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy
the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute
the Psychiatric Research Institute

Services are also provided through clinics located off-campus but nearby.

Please use the links on the left side of this page to learn more about UAMS. Also, please follow the link to learn more about our medical services.

Vision, Mission and Core Values

UAMS is a world-renowned academic health sciences center improving the health of Arkansans.

To teach, to heal, to search, to serve.

Mission Statement
The mission of UAMS is to improve the health, healthcare and well-being of all Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world through the following:
Education of exemplary health care providers
Provision of standard-setting, comprehensive clinical programs
Scientific discovery and research
Extension of services to the State of Arkansas and beyond

Core Values
Integrity – We foster, encourage and expect honesty and the highest ethical standards in all that we do.

Respect – We embrace a culture of professionalism with respect for the dignity of all persons, honoring the unique contributions provided by a diversity of perspectives and cultures.

Teamwork – We seek to create interdisciplinary, synergistic and collegial relationships characterized by collaboration, inclusiveness and flexibility.

Creativity – We encourage and support innovation, imagination, ingenuity, resourcefulness and vision.

Excellence – We strive to achieve, through continuous improvement and adherence to institutional policies and best practices, the highest quality and standards in all our endeavors.

Campus Growth

From 2004-2010, UAMS experienced a period of growth unprecedented in its long history. More than $425 million in new or expanded facilities was completed, transforming the campus and increasing its capacity for patient care, research and education.

The completed projects included a new hospital, a 12-floor expansion to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the I. Dodd Wilson Education Building, a five-floor expansion to the Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, a new Residence Hall and renovation of former Arkansas State Hospital buildings to house the UAMS College of Health Related Professions. A new energy plant and a new parking deck also were built.

The period of growth has not finished as new projects are under way.

Construction started in 2010 on a four-floor expansion to the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

Planning is under way for renovation work on 24,000-square-feet in the former hospital building for the new UAMS Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

Growth has not been confined to the UAMS main campus in Little Rock. Renovation work continues on the facility in Fayetteville that houses the new UAMS Northwest regional campus.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is part of the University of Arkansas System which includes:
Five universities
Five community colleges
An academic health center
Two schools of law
A presidential school of public service
A math and science high school
Divisions of agriculture, archeology and criminal justice

The University of Arkansas System is governed by a Board of Trustees. Each trustee is appointed by the governor to a 10 year term.

The Board has delegated administrative authority for the University's operations to the System President, B. Alan Sugg, Ph.D. Each Chancellor is responsible for the programs and activities of the respective campus.

The Chancellor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is Dan Rahn, M.D.

Fast Facts

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences was founded in 1879 by eight physicians. Today UAMS is the state's only academic health center, part of a statewide network of post-secondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System, governed by a 10 member Board of Trustees.


College of Nursing
College of Medicine
College of Health Related Professions
College of Pharmacy
College of Public Health
Graduate School

Education Statistics
65 degree programs
2,775 students (50% increase since 2000)
870 students graduated - May 2010
College of Nursing - 637 students
College of Medicine - 618 students
College of Health Related Professions - 632 students
College of Pharmacy - 481 students
College of Public Health - 140 students
Graduate School - 267 students
733 residents
1,352 faculty members
U.S. News & World Report ranks Geriatrics, Primary Care and Nursing Master's programs
Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Pharmaceutical Sciences program 5th in nation
New Residence Hall - opened 2007
I. Dodd Wilson Education Building - opened 2008
UAMS - Northwest Campus opened 2009

Patient Care
New hospital expansion - opened 2009
Hospital capacity - 332 adult beds, 64 newborn bassinets, 40 psychiatry beds
New state-of-the-art emergency room
Psychiatric Research Institute - opened 2008
Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute expansion - opening 2010
Outpatient visits - 371,955
Inpatient discharges - 19,582
Surgical cases - 12,353
Emergency visits - 43,510
Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Outpatient visits - 175,096
8,000 plus stem cell transplants performed for multiple myeloma
5-year survival rate for multiple myeloma – (65%) twice national average
Only adult cystic fibrosis center in Arkansas
First liver transplant in Arkansas
First bone marrow transplant in Arkansas
Liver and kidney transplant survival rates higher than national average
Only high-risk pregnancy program in Arkansas, only board-certified maternal fetal specialists
Faculty physicians staff Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veteran's Healthcare System

Ranking in top 20% of all US Colleges & Universities in research funding from Federal Government
Total National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding - $61 million
Research space - 500,000 sp. ft. - Barton Research Building (1961), Biomedical Research Buildings I (1993) and II (2004) and throughout campus
UAMS BioVentures Business Incubator - 44 companies with $21M annual payroll
Home to Arkansas Biosciences Institute
World leader in multiple myeloma research and treatment

Regional Programs include 8 Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and a comprehensive Rural Hospital Program
11 Kids First Program Sites
25 Pediatric Subspecialty Clinics
Head Start, Pulaski County, 23 facilities, 1,130 children
Poison Control Hotline - 35,602 calls
8 Arkansas Aging Initiative Centers on Aging
Center for Distance Health Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment Network
ANGELS high risk pregnancy consultation, diagnosis through telemedicine
Evidence-Based Prescription Drug Program (College of Pharmacy) has saved the State of Arkansas $70 million since its inception in 2005

Campaign Imagine at $350M - goal of $325M surpassed more than a year early
36,826 donors to campaign
5 donors contributed $10M or more
4 donors contributed between $5M and $10M
32 donors contributed between $1M and $5M
33 chairs/ professorships
$4.8M secured for scholarships
More than $40M for immediate use for research

Institutes of Excellence
Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute
Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy
Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging
Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute
Psychiatric Research Institute

Budget 2010
Patient Care
State Appropriations
Tuition and Fees

TOTAL $1,313,918,402

Points of Pride

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) offers patients not just quality care in our hospital (UAMS Medical Center) and clinics but also access to the latest diagnostic equipment, programs and medical procedures, including:

The state's first Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) scanner, which combines these two imaging technologies to provide our doctors with unique information for assessing cancer sites, heart disease and neurology disorders
A 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit, which produces higher quality images than the 1.5 Tesla MRI commonly used
The gamma knife, which allows brain surgery without an incision
Digital mammography, which can provide more reliable and accurate images

As an academic medical center, UAMS has attracted nationally and internationally known faculty members. They teach the next generation of health care professionals and provide personalized care to our patients.

Our programs include:
One of the foremost facilities in the world for the treatment of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer
The only high-risk pregnancy program in the state, with the only board-certified maternal-fetal doctors in Arkansas
Minimally invasive joint surgery, such as a knee replacement technique and hip resurfacing
A growing organ transplant program, including the state's only liver transplant program
Specialty and subspecialty care in numerous areas, including cancer treatment, aging, vision and the spine

UAMS also has a strong core of researchers expanding the boundaries of science and medicine. This research can translate into new medical treatments for you. Benefits include:
UAMS BioVentures, the state's first biomedical business incubator, where UAMS researchers transform their work into products to benefit human health and promote economic development
Translational research, such as that in the Center for Translational Neuroscience, where researchers are focused on moving scientific findings from the laboratory to the patient's bedside
Participation in clinical trials where researchers are testing the effectiveness of new medical treatments, such as with myeloma

Continuing our tradition of excellence, UAMS is pleased to house a long list of "firsts." The following Arkansas health care milestones have been accomplished at UAMS:
First open-heart surgery
First heart bypass surgery
First bone marrow transplant
First outpatient bone marrow transplant in U.S.
First high-risk nursery
First kidney transplant
First and only combined kidney/pancreas transplants
First to treat sickle cell disease
First to treat hemophilia
First ophthalmic laser
First eye bank
First corneal transplant
First breast reconstruction surgery
First cryosurgery for liver tumors
First to perform balloon dilatation of coronary arteries
First outpatient chemotherapy
First unicompartmental knee replacement surgery
First articular knee cartilage transplant
First and only skull-base surgery
First gene therapy for multiple myeloma in the U.S.
First fetal blood transfusion in the womb
First in vitro fertilization (IVF) program
First and only high-risk pregnancy program
First pallidotomy for Parkinson's disease
First laser lumpectomy for breast tumors
First lymph node preservation program for breast cancer and melanoma
First and only gamma knife radiosurgery center
First laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery
First laparoscopically implanted stomach pacemaker
First to offer digital mammography
First and only liver transplant
First and only to use robotics for gynecologic surgery
First and only Oculus Pentacam for diagnosing eye problems
First and only MDA/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Research and Clinical Centers
First and only adult cystic fybrosis center


Just a few weeks before Thomas Edison invented the first light bulb in October 1879, eight physicians pooled their money and invested $5,000 to start the first medical school in Arkansas. The eight founding physicians were led by Dr. P. O. Hooper of Little Rock, and the street where many patients and visitors now enter the UAMS campus is named in his honor.

The initial investment of $625 made by each of the founding physicians now represents more than $5 billion in economic impact for the state of Arkansas from UAMS and its affiliates every year.

The former Sperindo Restaurant and Hotel in downtown Little Rock served as the first home for what was then known as the Medical Department of Arkansas Industrial University. As enrollment grew into the 20th century, the school was housed in several different locations, including the Old State House in downtown Little Rock. A new medical school was built in the 1930s with funding provided by President Franklin Roosevelt's Public Works Administration. Additional funding was provided by a tax on beer and liquor assessed by the Arkansas state legislature.

In 1951, Governor Sid McMath used funds from a new cigarette tax to secure $7.4 million for a new University Hospital on a 26-acre site on West Markham Street in what was then the outskirts of Little Rock. The University of Arkansas Medical Center moved into the new hospital in 1956. Air conditioning came to patients' rooms 10 years later.

UAMS was transformed from a small medical school with a charity hospital into an academic health center and research leader under the direction of Dr. Harry P. Ward, who served as chancellor from 1979 to 2000. The Harry P. Ward Tower, which opened in 1997, is named in his honor. Dr. Ward was succeeded as chancellor by Dr. I. Dodd Wilson in 2000.

Building on the foundation laid by Dr. Ward, Dr. Wilson began the most ambitious building program in the institution's 125 years of growth. This round of expansion included nearly $500 million in building projects begun in 2001 to provide additional space for education, patient care, research and outreach programs.

Among the projects was an education building opened in 2008 that the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees named the I. Dodd Wilson Education Building in honor of Wilson, who retired in late 2009. Wilson was succeeded by Dr. Dan Rahn.

In early 2009, UAMS opened a new hospital, a 540,000-square-foot facility with 234 adult beds and 60 neonatal beds. This facility enables the people of UAMS to create comfort, hope and healing for more patients and families than ever before.

The new hospital and the adjoining Psychiatric Research Institute will serve as the center of the institution’s now 84-acre campus. Also in 2009, in response to a nationwide shortage of health care professionals, UAMS opened a northwest Arkansas satellite campus in Fayetteville to help produce more physicians, nurses, pharmacist and other health care professionals.

In addition to its state-of-the art hospital and outpatient center, UAMS is home to the: Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions, Public Health and a Graduate School with growing enrollment that included 2,775 students and 748 resident physicians.

Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, which serves as the official cancer research and treatment institution in Arkansas. The Cancer Institute was founded as the Arkansas Cancer Research Center in 1984 and renamed to honor the late lieutenant governor of Arkansas in 2007. A 12-floor expansion is currently under way and scheduled for completion in 2010. The number of patient visits to the Cancer Institute has tripled in the past ten years, and today one-third of the revenue generated by UAMS is from Cancer Institute patient care.

The Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy at UAMS is part of the Cancer Institute and has performed more blood stem cell transplants for myeloma than any other facility in the world. Each year, the Myeloma Institute evaluates about 600 new patients. Seventy percent of these patients are from outside of Arkansas, coming to UAMS from all over the United States and from abroad. On any given day, there are about 200 myeloma patients staying in Little Rock for diagnosis and treatment of their disease.

The Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute was founded in 1994 and houses the Department of Ophthalmology and the Pat & Willard Walker Eye Research Center. Through a nationwide network, the Eye Bank provides the gift of sight to more than 600 patients each year.

The UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute is one of only nine institutions in the country to combine psychiatric research and education with inpatient and outpatient care and is one of the most innovative psychiatric treatment and research facilities in the nation.

The Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at UAMS is a center for research, education and clinical care related to the spine and features an expansive physical therapy room with special equipment that can measure minute improvements in patients' progress and a wheelchair-accessible swimming pool designed for water therapy.

The Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, home to the UAMS Department of Geriatrics, is one of the most recognized geriatric centers in the nation. The department was established in 1997 and by 2003 was listed in the top 10 geriatrics programs in medical schools by U.S. News and World Report.

Today UAMS has outreach programs operating in every county of the state, including eight Area Health Education Centers, eight regional Centers on Aging and one of the most successful Head Start programs in the nation.

UAMS is where medicine – and excellence – live.

Contact Information

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4301 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205

To make an appointment, call the Appointments Center at 1-501-686-8000

For patient information or rooms, call 1-501-686-6416

For general information and for numbers not listed, call 1-501-686-7000

For international patient appointments, call 1-501-686-8071

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