Department News


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 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…


April 3, 2019

Physician Living with Parkinson’s: No One Should Go Through It Alone

Doctor and patient sitting in a library

By Katrina Dupins Every year in America, health care professionals diagnose 50,000 to 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease. In 2007, Glenn Davis, M.D., was one of those patients, though he’d experienced symptoms a few years prior. He says he’s slower than he used to be and has to be careful sometimes carrying things. The…


January 29, 2019

Sisira Yadala, M.D., Joins Faculty

Sisira Yadala, M.D.

Sisira Yadala, M.D., has joined the Department of Neurology as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Yadala graduated from Osmania Medical College in Koti, Hyderabad, India, in 2007. She completed a preliminary internal medicine residency at West Lake Hospital/Resurrection Health Systems in Melrose Park, Illinois, followed by a neurology residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She…


January 17, 2019

Dr. Archer Honored by Pulaski County Medical Society

Dr. Archer and friends at Pulaski County Medical Society meeting

By Amy Widner Robert L. “Lee” Archer, M.D., chairman of the College of Medicine Department of Neurology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Pulaski County Medical Society. Society President Amir Qureshi, M.D., presented Archer with the President’s Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Contributions to Medicine during…


October 16, 2018

Family Finds Faith an Anchor During Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury

Joshua Moody and his parents, Gwen and David, standing in a hallway

Watch the KATV video about this story on their website. By Katrina Dupins On the afternoon of November 10, 2017, the temperature hovered just below 60 degrees. A few clouds passed through the sky as a light breeze moved through leaves rich with fall foliage. Joshua Moody, 22, and his father, David, decided they would…


October 15, 2018

THV11 Features UAMS Telemedicine Program for Faster Stroke Treatment

Sanjeeva Onteddu, M.D. on THV11

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Arkansas. A pilot program that launched at UAMS allows doctors to begin evaluating some of the state’s stroke patients before they reach the emergency room. Sanjeeva Onteddu, M.D., and C. Renee Joiner, R.N., B.S.N., are featured. Watch the story on the THV11 website.  



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