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 2029

By 2029 — UAMS’ 150th anniversary as the first medical school in Arkansas — UAMS will lead Arkansas to be the healthiest state in the region through its synergies of education, clinical care, research and purposeful leadership.

As Arkansas’ only academic health system, UAMS resolves to deliver dramatic and lasting health and health care improvements. Aiding in this are its statewide health system — UAMS Health; statewide network of campuses for public education and clinical outreach; and expertise in medical specialties, population health, digital health, health informatics and translational research.


* November, 2019

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  • Family Medical Centers at six Regional Centers – 153,329 outpatient visits in FY 2019
  • Hospital capacity – 535 beds, including 431 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
  • UAMS provides orthopaedic services at Baptist Health in Conway
  • Faculty physicians at eight Family Medical Centers provide care and supervise residents at UAMS Regional Centers outside of central Arkansas
  • The Myeloma Center has treated more than 11,750 patients from every state and more than 50 countries.
  • The Myeloma Center 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 Center 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
  • Only kidney 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.
  • The Institute for Digital Health & Innovation is home to more than 30 digital health programs that use high-definition video and other technology to improve access to physicians with expertise in a diverse range of specialties from stroke care to maternal fetal medicine to spine surgery and trauma. A national leader in digital health, it also has several new programs in development.



  • Total research funding more than $110 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
  • More than 500,000 sq. ft. devoted to research on UAMS campus
  • The BioVentures business incubator has created 46 companies since its beginning, currently 26 of these companies produce annual payroll of nearly $27 million.
  • Contributing to expand scientific knowledge: 1,807 articles in scientific journals included UAMS-affiliated authors in FY 2018.
  • 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 began in 2015
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy program to begin in 2020 with 32 students
  • 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 54 rural Arkansas hospitals with stroke neurologists
  • Center for Distance Health ANGELS high-risk pregnancy consultation, diagnosis through real-time telemedicine with 36 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

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  • Private philanthropy essential for critical growth and support of:
    • Groundbreaking research in cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases affecting our state
    • New and enhanced facilities
    • State-of-the-art equipment
    • Student scholarships
    • Population health
    • Statewide clinics
    • Community outreach programs
    • Recruitment and retention of national leaders in various medical specialties of need in Arkansas
    • Telemedicine, technology and digital health to focus on health care in rural areas
    • Childhood obesity
    • Innovations in health care and health care education
  • Fundraising for FY 2019 totaled more than $19.25 million
  • Contributions from donors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 15 other countries
  • Membership in the 1879 Society, recognizing legacy donors, grew to over 300 with $43 million in planned gift commitments
  • More than 1,500 volunteers donate their time, energies and talents each year

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 – 26 companies active with an annual payroll of $27 million

* TEConomy Partners LLC, 2015

Updated November 2019