November 19, 2021

Epileptologist Harshad Ladha, M.D., Joins UAMS Department of Neurology

Harshad Ladha, M.D.

Harshad Ladha, M.D., an epileptologist, recently joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)’ Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center as an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology.


October 29, 2021

Tarek Bakdash, M.D., Joins the Neurology Faculty

Tarek Bakdash, M.D.

Tarek Bakdash, M.D., has joined the Department of Neurology as an Assistant Professor and neurohospitalist. Dr. Bakdash received his medical degree from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine in Syria. He completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals. Dr. Bakdash is a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty certification in…


August 24, 2020

Salman Zahoor, M.D., Joins UAMS as Neurologist

Salman Zahoor, M.D.

By Amy Widner Salman Zahoor, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a fellowship-trained neurologist specializing in epilepsy. He sees patients at the UAMS Health Epilepsy and Neurology Clinic in Freeway Medical Tower, Suite 605, 5800 W. 10th St., just off Interstate 630 in Midtown Little Rock. Appointments are accepted through physician…


August 13, 2020

Erika Horta, M.D., Joins UAMS as Neuro-Immunologist

Erika Horta

By Amy Widner Erika Horta, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a fellowship-trained neuro-immunologist and neuro-oncologist specializing in multiple sclerosis and brain and spine tumors. She sees multiple sclerosis patients at the UAMS Health Epilepsy and Neurology Clinic in Freeway Medical Tower, Suite 605, 5800 W. 10th St., just off…


October 25, 2019

UAMS at the Forefront of Essential Tremor Research with Largest Therapeutic Trial

Rohit Dhall, M.D., M.S.P.H.

By Amy Widner Researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) participated in the largest therapeutic trial ever conducted in essential tremor, called the PROspective study for SymPtomatic relief of Essential tremor with Cala Therapy (PROSPECT). The landmark study found that nerve stimulation with Cala Therapy can significantly reduce hand tremors. Topline results…


July 29, 2019

Syed Ali, M.D., Joins Faculty

Syed Ali, M.D.

Syed Ali, M.D., has joined the Department of Neurology as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Ali received his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Pakistan in 2009. He continued his training with a clinical research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School before coming to UAMS for his neurology residency. He went on to complete…


May 17, 2019

Six Years into Retirement: Neurology Professor Still Making Major Contributions

Man and woman standing in the desert

Does science stop in retirement? The short answer — according to Gerald A. Dienel, Ph.D. — is no.


May 2, 2019

Study May Bring Options for Children with Tourette Syndrome

McAlister posing with family

By Amy Widner Barrett McAlister hopes an ongoing clinical trial at UAMS can help establish a new treatment for Tourette syndrome in children so they can focus on being kids, playing and learning, without worrying about being “different.” “If they’ve got a chance at a normal life, I say take it,” McAlister said. “Take it…


April 23, 2019

Fifth Year of Parkinson’s Symposium Marks Continued Growth

Person on stage leading auditorium in chair yoga exercise

By Amy Widner The Parkinson’s Symposium continues to grow each year, welcoming more people who want to learn about the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The fifth annual event was held April 7 in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at UAMS, with nearly 200 people in attendance. “Some people have been…


April 4, 2019

New Treatment for Parkinson’s Patients Improves Drug’s Effectiveness

Doctor and APRN showing pump to patient

By Katrina Dupins He no longer feels comfortable climbing ladders, but Mark Avra says there is plenty of work to be done on the ground. Avra is a builder and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008. “I had two houses going at once and had to have extra help to finish them,” Avra said. “I…


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