Cam Patterson

As the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor, Cam Patterson, M.D., M.B.A., leads Arkansas’ only academic health sciences center, which encompasses patient care, education, research, and outreach resources at locations across the state. Dr. Patterson attended Emory University School of Medicine, graduating with induction in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University Hospitals. He became the Chief Resident at Grady Memorial Hospital at Emory University in 1992. He completed three years of research fellowship under the guidance of Edgar Haber at the Harvard School of Public Health, developing an independent research program in vascular biology and angiogenesis.

In 1996, he accepted his first faculty position at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and in 2000 Dr. Patterson was recruited to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to become the founding Director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute. In 2005, he also became the Chief of the Division of Cardiology at UNC and subsequently became Physician-in-Chief of the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care and Director of the system-wide UNC Heart and Vascular Network. Dr. Patterson was appointed the Ernest and Hazel Craige Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in 2005 and was recognized at UNC with the Ruth and Phillip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement and the Kenan-Flagler Distinguished Alumni Award. He received his M.B.A. from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2008 and was appointed Associate Dean for Medical Entrepreneurship at UNC in 2010. In 2014, Dr. Patterson joined New York-Presbyterian Hospital as the Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for the strategic direction and management of a 910-bed facility with adult medical, surgical, obstetric, and pediatric services.

Dr. Patterson is an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association and a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist in Translational Research. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and serves on the editorial board of many other biomedical journals. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of University Cardiologists, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. Dr. Patterson is the founder of Enci Therapeutics and Clavé Biodesign. In 2012 he received the Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology and is past President of the Association of Professors of Cardiology.

Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D.
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
Dr. Stephanie Gardner is the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost for UAMS. In this role, she provides leadership and coordinates resources for the UAMS education mission that includes five colleges and a graduate school, 73 degree and certificate programs, 1,522 faculty members, 3,021 students, 789 resident physicians, and six dental residents.

Dr. Gardner has been at UAMS for 25 years, serving 12 years as Dean for the UAMS College of Pharmacy before becoming Provost in 2015. She served as the Interim Chancellor of UAMS following the retirement of Dr. Dan Rahn and until the arrival of a Dr. Cam Patterson.

Richard Turnage, M.D.
Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Programs
Chief Executive Officer, UAMS Medical Center
Richard Turnage joined UAMS as Chairman of the Department of Surgery in 2008, coming to the university from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport where he was Professor of Surgery, Professor of Physiology, and Medical Director of the physician assistant

Dr. Turnage received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University, and his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency and a research fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor where he was also Chief Surgery Resident. While Chair of Surgery at UAMS, he also served as interim chair for other departments in the College of Medicine while searches were conducted for permanent chairs.

Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dean, College of Medicine
Institute Director, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute Chris Westfall is a Professor of Ophthalmology and longtime clinical and academic leader at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Prior to becoming Dean, he was the Chair of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Westfall joined the faculty in 1997 and served in numerous leadership positions prior to his appointment as Chair of Ophthalmology and Director of the Jones Eye Institute in 2009. These included Vice Chairman and Medical Practice Leader; Chief of the Oculoplastic Surgical Services at UAMS Medical Center, the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital; Chief of Service at Arkansas Children’s Hospital; and Chairman and Medical Director of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program in the UAMS College of Health Professions. He served as UAMS Chief of Medical Staff in 2014-2016. In 2008 he was invested as the inaugural holder of the Pat Walker Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Westfall received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and earned his medical degree at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed a residency in general surgery at Keesler U.S. Air Force Medical Center in Mississippi, was certified by the American Board of Surgery, and awarded fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He went on to complete a residency in ophthalmology at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, and a two- year fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology

Dr. Westfall served as Department Chair and Residency Program Director in Ophthalmology at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center. He retired at the rank of colonel and as Chief Consultant in Ophthalmology to the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General.

Maurice Rigsby, J.D.
Vice Chancellor for Institutional Relations
Maurice Rigsby came to UAMS in 2014 as Government Relations Liaison and was promoted to Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Relations.

Prior to coming to UAMS, he was the Senior Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office where he managed the Attorney General’s policy agenda while working with members of the state legislature and the Governor’s office.

Mr. Rigsby has served as the Deputy Director and Regulatory Counsel for the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission, as a staff attorney for the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research, and as a private attorney in a Pine Bluff law firm.

Mr. Rigsby graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law in 2003. During law school, he worked as a law clerk for Walmart and as an NCAA and Southeastern Conference compliance assistant for the Department of Athletics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.