UAMS Medical Center 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 postsecondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.

UAMS Mission

To improve the health and health care of Arkansans

UAMS Mission Statement

The mission of UAMS is to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world by:

  • Educating current and future health professionals and the public
  • Providing high-quality, innovative, patient- and family–centered health care and specialty expertise not routinely available in community settings
  • Advancing knowledge in areas of human health and disease and translating and accelerating discoveries into health improvements

Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Diversity and Health Equity, Teamwork, Creativity, Excellence, Safety

Vision 2020

UAMS, with its intersection of education, research and clinical programs, brings a unique capacity to lead health care improvement in Arkansas. Among its assets for leadership are its status as the only academic health center in the state, its statewide network of centers for public education and clinical outreach, its emphasis on population health, and its leadership in health informatics and statewide information technology. In addition, UAMS has a unique capacity for translational research – speeding the rate at which research can inform clinical care and health improvement.

EducationStudent Metrics

  • 2,834 students
  • 822 medical residents
  • 6 dental residents
  • College of Nursing – 688 students*
  • College of Medicine – 687 students*
  • College of Health Professions – 616 students*
  • College of Pharmacy – 465 students*
  • College of Public Health – 177 students*
  • Graduate School – 201 students*
  • 1,522 faculty members

* December, 2017

  • UAMS Northwest campus total enrollment 256
    • College of Medicine – 31
    • College of Pharmacy – 49
    • College of Nursing – 74
    • College of Health Professions – 102
    • Number of Residents – 43 (not included in total enrollment)

Patient Care

  • Family Medical Centers at six Regional Centers – 172,807 outpatient visits in FY 2016Patient Volume
  • Hospital capacity – 509 beds, including 405 adult beds, 64 newborn bassinets and 40 psychiatry beds
  • Only adult Level One Trauma Center in Arkansas
  • Primary Care at two off-campus locations in Little Rock and one in Maumelle
  • 912 College of Medicine clinicians staff UAMS Medical Center, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
  • UAMS provides vascular surgery, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and physical and rehabilitative medicine at Baptist Health
  • Faculty physicians at eight Family Medical Centers provide care and supervise residents at UAMS Regional Centers outside of central Arkansas
  • The Myeloma Institute has treated more than 11,750 patients from every state and more than 50 countries.
  • The Myeloma Institute has performed more peripheral blood stem cell transplants for multiple myeloma than any center in the world
  • UAMS has partnered to create the Myeloma Genome Project, a global initiative to compile the largest set of high-quality myeloma genetic data to improve diagnosis, prognosis and treatment
  • The expected five-year survival rate for newly diagnosed myeloma patients treated at the Myeloma Institute is 74%, versus 43% for a comparable patient population in the NCI cancer statistics (SEER) database
  • Only adult sickle cell clinic in Arkansas
  • Only adult spina bifida clinic in Arkansas
  • Only adult cystic fibrosis center in Arkansas
  • Only ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) treatment center in Arkansas
  • Only cord blood bank and adult blood stem cell collection unit in Arkansas
  • Only liver transplant program in Arkansas
  • First bone marrow transplant in Arkansas
  • Liver and kidney transplant survival rates higher than national average
  • First accredited echocardiography lab for careful cardiac diagnosis
  • Only high-risk pregnancy program in Arkansas, with board-certified maternal-fetal specialists



  • Total research funding more than $170 million across UAMS and UAMS researchers working in the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
  • Ranking in top 16% of all U.S. Colleges & Universities in research funding from federal government
  • Total National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding – $86.3 million
  • More than 500,000 sq. ft. devoted to research on UAMS campus
  • The UAMS BioVentures business incubator has created 46 companies since its beginning, currently 24 of these companies produce annual payroll of $18 million.
  • Contributing to expand scientific knowledge: 1,603 articles in scientific journals included
    UAMS-affiliated authors in FY 2017.
  • Home to Arkansas Biosciences Institute – A research consortium of Arkansas institutions using funds from the state’s tobacco settlement on work to reduce or prevent smoking-related illness
  • Translational Research Institute — provides research support as part of a national effort
    to speed the pace of discovery and health improvement
  • UAMS has eight faculty members named either ARA Scholars or ARA Fellows by the Arkansas Research Alliance, which recruits highly respected researchers to Arkansas
  • Research Data Warehouse that facilitates clinical and translational research and houses data on more than 1 million patients
  • J. Thomas May Center for ALS Research – only research for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Arkansas

Statewide Reach

  • Eight Regional Centers and a comprehensive Rural Hospital Program
  • 11 KIDS FIRST Program Sites
  • Regional campus in Northwest Arkansas
    • UAMS students participate in delivering care to residents in the Arkansas State Veterans Home
    • Has education programs for the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions
    • Physical therapy clinic opened in 2014
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy program begins in 2015
    • Expanded access to medical and mental health care with new psychiatric medical residencies
  • 50 Pediatric Subspecialty Clinics
  • Head Start – 14 sites in Pulaski County serve 840 children ages 3-5, and three sites serve 88 infants and toddlers
  • Poison Control Hotline – 40,000 calls/year
  • Seven Centers on Aging, a part of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging
  • Center for Distance Health Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment Network – connecting 45 rural Arkansas hospitals with stroke neurologists
  • Center for Distance Health ANGELS high-risk pregnancy consultation, diagnosis through real-time telemedicine with 51 sites across Arkansas
  • Evidence-Based Prescription Drug Program (College of Pharmacy) saved state $70M since inception in 2005
  • Arkansas e-Link – linking health, education, research and public safety by connecting 454 sites across the state to a 5,600-mile high-speed optical network making Arkansas one of the most well-connected states in the country
  • Eight Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program sites across the state
  • The Psychiatric Research Institute’s Psych TLC program provides Arkansas’ primary care physicians with access by telephone to child and adolescent mental health expertise


  • More than 1,600 volunteers donate their time, energies and talents each year at UAMSFinancials
  • More than 400 business and community leaders serve on 20 distinct UAMS-affiliated Advisory Boards
  • Contributions from donors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 15 other countries
  •  The University of Arkansas Foundation has earned a top 5 percentile ranking among more than 50 of the nation’s largest university endowments in terms of the trailing five-year investment performance
  • Total Fundraising for FY 2017 totaled more than $31.9 million
  • Membership in the 1879 Society, recognizing legacy donors, grew to 170 with $32.8 million in planned gift commitments
  • During FY 15, UAMS’ s cost to raise a dollar was 16 cents compared to the peer average of 28 cents, according to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
  • Private philanthropy essential for critical growth and support of:
    • Cutting-edge research
    • Patient-centered programs
    • Faculty support
    • Student scholarships
    • Statewide programs and outreach
    • New and enhanced facilities
    • State-of-the-art equipment

Economic Impact*

  • $ 4.5 billion/year economic impact – UAMS and affiliates Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
  • The eight regional centers generate 657 jobs and $87 million annually in economic impact across the state.
  • UAMS BioVentures business incubator – 24 companies active with an annual payroll of $18 million

* TEConomy Partners LLC, 2015


Updated December 2017