Malek Al-Hawwas, MD, joined the division of cardiology as an interventional cardiologist and became interim director of the cath lab after he completed his fellowship in interventional cardiology at UAMS. He graduated from Aleppo University School of Medicine in Aleppo, Syria, and did his internship at Northeastern Ohio Medical University program in Youngstown, Ohio, where he became a chief resident.
Claudia Barone, EdD, APRN, is a professor in the UAMS College of Nursing and was the first nurse appointed to the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. She is nationally known as an expert in tobacco cessation. She has trained as a tobacco treatment specialist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training.
Nina Cooperman, PsyD, is an assistant professor for the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the National Development Research Institutes’ Behavioral Sciences Training Program in New York, New York.
Ryan Dare, MD, joined the Infectious Diseases Division July 2016. He and his wife, Dr. Shannon Dare (anesthesia), are originally from Arkansas and both attended UAMS for medical school. He completed Internal Medicine residency in 2014 at UAMS and Infectious Diseases fellowship in 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Whit Hall, MD, is a professor of neonatology at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He has been the director of the UAMS nursery since 1993 and started the telemedicine education program called Peds PLACE in 2005. He is currently working on an initiative to provide intubation training to pediatric residents and community providers using telemedicine.
Mark Jansen, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UAMS. He serves as the medical director for primary care at the UAMS Center for Healthcare Enhancement and Development. In 1985, he joined the Arkadelphia Medical Clinic where he remained until he joined the staff at UAMS.
Issam Makhoul, MD, is an associate professor of medicine and director of the Division of Medical Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine at UAMS. He is also the inaugural recipient of the Laura F. Hutchins, MD, Endowed Chair for Hematology and Oncology and directs the hematology/oncology fellowship program.
Rhonda Mattox, MD, is an associate professor at UAMS and medical director of Inspirations Day Treatment. She has broad experience in policy advising and government relations and has served as a consultant to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S. Health and Human Services.
Dr. Philip Raskin, MD, is a professor of internal medicine in the division of endocrinology at UT Southwestern in Dallas. Both his patient care and clinical research are in diabetes. Dr. Raskin holds the Clifton and Betsy Robinson Chair in Biomedical Research. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he stayed there to complete his residency in internal medicine.
Kaci Thiessen, PharmD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at UAMS. She received her PharmD degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is interested in advancing population health and improving patient adherence through shared decision-making and patient empowerment.
Raymond Scott Turner, MD, PhD, is professor of neurology and director of the Memory Disorders program at MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center. Before his recruitment ot Georgetown in 2008, he was chief of the neurology service at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and associate professor and associate chair in the Dept. of Neurology, University of Michigan.