May 22, 2019

Farewell to Dr. Bentley

Rick Bentley, M.D.

Frederick “Rick” Bentley, M.D., has served as chair of the Department of Surgery since 2015. He retires this month. We gathered some farewell messages from around the department.  Thank you Dr. Bentley for your service and leadership! Residents:   Dr. Bentley: You have been a great mentor through my residency. Appreciate all you have done…

Thoracic Surgeon Steliga Honored by UAMS Cancer Institute Auxiliary

Matthew Steliga, M.D., is joined by UAMS Cancer Institute Interim Director Laura Hutchins, M.D.

By Susan Van Dusen When Matthew Steliga, M.D., arrived at UAMS 10 years ago, he faced an uphill battle. Lung cancer rates in the state were skyrocketing, with an estimated 2,160 Arkansans losing their lives to the disease in 2009 alone. As UAMS’ only surgeon dedicated to the treatment of lung cancer, Steliga jumped in…

April 26, 2019

Dr. Henry-Tillman Honored as Healthcare Heroes Physician of the Year

UAMS Faculty on stage

By Tim Taylor UAMS Medical Center, four UAMS physicians and a UAMS researcher were honored April 24 as Healthcare Heroes at a luncheon to recognize individuals, companies and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Arkansas. It was the fourth year for the event, sponsored by the Arkansas Business Publishing…

April 17, 2019

Ronald Robertson, M.D., Named Chair of Surgery

Ronald Robertson, M.D.

By Amy Widner Ronald Robertson, M.D, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Robertson will assume the role in May upon the retirement of Frederick “Rick” Bentley, M.D., who has served as chair of the Department of Surgery since 2015. “Dr. Robertson is a…

January 17, 2019

UAMS Colorectal Surgeon: Know the Symptoms and Your Surgeon

Doctor speaking with patient

By Katrina Dupins Most colorectal cancers occur in the colon, the abdominal portion of the large intestine, but up to a third of cases arise in the last 6-8 inches of the bowel, known as the rectum. While more challenging to treat than colon cancer, rectal cancers often display symptoms at an earlier stage, causing…

December 21, 2018

UAMS Recently Completes Its 2018th Transplant

John Drossopolus

By Katrina Dupins Dec. 17, 2018 | On Nov. 29, 2018, John Drossopolus rode his mountain bike for the first time in more than five months. While his strength was not 100 percent, the Fort Smith man feels he is almost there. Drossopolus’ personal mantra is three-pronged and it starts with having a positive attitude….

December 20, 2018

Minimally Invasive Surgery Yields Successful Outcome for Lung Cancer Survivor

Mary Davis

Unaware that other surgical options existed, Davis agreed to the surgery and prepared to have an extensive recovery time. However, when her surgeon developed an illness and postponed her surgery at the last minute, her husband began consulting friends and colleagues about other surgeons in the area.
“The name that kept coming up was Dr. Matthew Steliga at UAMS,” Davis said.

November 29, 2018

Trauma Team – Quality First!

Ron Robertson, M.D.

Congratulations and profound thanks are in order for Dr. Ron Robertson, Professor and Chief of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, and the entire UAMS Trauma Team. The team recently received Total Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) data that places UAMS in the top 10-20% of all Level 1 trauma centers in…

November 28, 2018

Morrilton Mom Donates Kidney to Toddler Son

Jessica Stacy and her son Wesley playing on a couch.

By Katrina Dupins Nov. 28, 2018 | The pain following surgery ended up being greater than she anticipated, but Jessica Stacy says she would change it for nothing. The Morrilton mother smiles as she watches her 2-year-old son play happily with his toys, 10 days after she’d given him one of her kidneys. Stacy was 16…

October 15, 2018

After 57-Year Respite, Little Rock Woman Beats Breast Cancer a Second Time

Woman standing on deck in a wooded area

By Susan Van Dusen Oct. 15, 2018| The year was 1961, and football season was in full swing. With her tickets in hand, University of Arkansas alumna Joyce Faulkner headed to Fayetteville to watch her beloved Razorbacks take the field. But first, she had one stop to make. A resident of Pine Bluff, Faulkner had…

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