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January 12, 2021

Dr. Meryll Pampolina-Bouldin was featured in the Metro Little Rock Guide. See the article.


Dr. Jerrilyn Jones will be the inaugural Director of the UAMS Post Baccalaureate Program within the College of Medicine.  As many of you know, she was recently promoted to Associate Professor of EM and has been serving our state as the Medical Director of Preparedness at ADH.  What a year it has been for Dr. Jones!

This innovative program is designed to create an educational bridge for Arkansas residents who come from socially, economically or geographically disadvantaged backgrounds who have faced challenges in the medical school admissions process. This program will develop and prepare them with the advanced critical thinking skills and additional foundational knowledge they would need to be successfully admitted and graduate from the UAMS COM. Students in this program will also have the option of completing a Masters of Public Health degree at UAMS.


Dr. Gregory Snead will assume the role of Vice Chair of the Academic Department of EM.

In this role he will contribute greatly to the oversight of our academic mission while serving as an additional liaison to our EMSL leadership.

Greg has been instrumental in our department’s success over his seven year tenure with us as the Division Director of EM US. In that role, he has accomplished a number of impressive achievements:

  • Our first Fellowship
  • Extramural and intramural funding to include a large NIH award in collaboration with the department of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Award winning longitudinal medical student US course in the COM (with outstanding contribution from our faculty)
  • A large novel revenue stream from bedside ultrasound (easily in the top 5 nationally in total $s collected)

Greg has mentored and recruited key faculty from our US fellowship to sustain and grow their immense success as a division.  This past year he was promoted to Professor of EM and accepted to the Chair Development Program by sponsored by AACEM.

Greg will be a superb Vice Chair and will undoubtedly continue his trajectory as an outstanding leader for our Department.


January 6, 2021

Dr. Michael Wilson, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry, has been named Chair-Elect of the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE). The coalition of behavioral health, psychiatry and emergency medicine professionals is headed by the Emergency Medicine Foundation. With representation from 13 professional organizations, it is the country’s largest collaborative in the field of emergency psychiatry. My thanks to Dr. Wilson for his outstanding work at the national level as well as here at UAMS, where he serves as Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Behavioral Emergencies Research Lab and the department’s Research Associates Program.

Emergency Medicine physicians and their patients throughout Arkansas will benefit from the leadership of Dr. Brian Hohertz, Professor of Emergency Medicine, as the newly installed President of the Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Assistant Professor Dr. Lauren Evans was selected as President-Elect during the annual chapter meeting last week. Thank you both for your service to our state.

Congratulations to Dr. Gregory Snead, Professor and Chief of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound, on being selected for the 2021 Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine (AACEM) Chair Development Program. Emergency Medicine Chair Dr. Tony Seupaul notes that the highly selective program is known for developing future leaders in academic emergency medicine, and Dr. Snead will represent UAMS exceptionally well.

November 4, 2020

Congratulations to the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Dr. Casey Smolarz on becoming the first person to be re-elected as Chief of Staff for Baptist Health-Conway. Dr. Smolarz, Emergency Department Medical Director for the hospital, was also named Physician of the Year by the Conway Chamber of Commerce early this year. We’re proud of the difference Dr. Smolarz is making in patient care in the Conway community as well as here on the UAMS campus!

October 13, 2020

The UAMS Emergency Medicine Newsletter is here!

You can read the newsletter online.

October 2, 2020

Emergency Medicine Fellow Selected for Competitive National Education Program

Meredith Von DohlenUAMS Emergency Medicine fellow Meredith Von Dohlen, M.D., has been selected for a competitive national education program that will advance her goals as an educator and scholar.

The Harvard Macy Institute Program for Post-Graduate Trainees: Future Academic Clinician-Educators Course uses teaching theory to help participants become better educators. It also focuses on scholarship so that Von Dohlen can conduct original research on improving methods for teaching in medical education. The three-day intensive interactive virtual program will be held in December and the program culminates in a research project on educational theory.

Von Dohlen is the Department of Emergency Medicine’s inaugural medical education fellow.

“I love teaching, so this is a great opportunity for me to further my teaching skills,” Von Dohlen said. “My scholarly interests are health care disparities and social determinants of health. My project will look at gender disparities in medical education and how our teaching approaches influence that – the way residents are taught, their teaching environment, etc. – and how these experiences influence their effectiveness as physicians. Ultimately, these issues influence health care outcomes.”

Von Dohlen said there is a lot of research on gender disparities in the workplace, especially when it comes to pay, promotion and leadership opportunities, but she is interested in pinpointing how disparities are being reinforced along the way through education.

“Are we doing things that are propagating that?” Von Dohlen said. “Are there areas that we could teach it a little differently? Can we improve our resident education to positively influence the quality of physician they become and the quality of the health care they provide?”

In addition to learning skills from the course, she is working with a mentor at UAMS to complete the scholarly project. Mentor Sarah Greenberger, M.D., is an associate professor and director for the residency program in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

“In our residency program we emphasize leadership, and we encourage our residents and fellows to become involved with efforts to improve health care on a larger scale,” Greenberger said. “Gender disparities in medicine persist, and we need to recognize and understand these inequities to address them. I am excited about Dr. Von Dohlen’s work and can’t wait to see where it leads.”

Von Dohlen is already working on her project and will present parts of it during the course in December for feedback from its facilitators and her peers across the county. The ultimate aim is to develop publishable work from the project.

The course fits in with Von Dohlen’s career goals of continuing in academic medicine.

“I get so much fulfillment from patient care, but also medical education,” Von Dohlen said. “Better doctors mean better patient care. That is something I am incredibly passionate about, and something I feel we can always do better to improve.”

The course is co-sponsored by the Harvard Macy Institute, MGH Institute of Health Professions, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Boston Children’s Hospital.


September 25, 2020

Dr. Pampolina-Bouldin featured on a magazine cover

Dr. Pampolina-Bouldin was featured in Arkansas Next, a Guide to Life After High School. Read the issue on the Arkansas Business Publishing Group website. The emphasis in this issue is on the importance of healthcare workers for Arkansas’ future. Her feature is on page 34.

September 23, 2020

Valerie Chism, D.N.P., M.N.Sc., APRN, from our department was featured on Faces of UAMS!

April 19, 2020

Dr. Smolarz, assistant professor and the emergency room medical director at Baptist Health-Conway, was named Physician of the Year by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce at the fourth annual North Metro Healthcare Awards on February 20. Read more at Arkansas Online.


March 20, 2020

Introducing UAMS EM Class of 2023!

emergency medicine class of 2023

January 29, 2020

First Consultant of the Month Award

The first winner of the new Emergency Medicine Consultant of the Month award is Dr. Rohan Sharma, a PGY2 Neurology resident! Dr. Sharma regularly goes above and beyond for patients and always acts in the best interest of patients, no matter how much extra work it takes. He is excellent at communicating with the Emergency Medicine team as well as patients and families, and he always has a smile on his face. Dr. Sharma will be featured on a poster in the Emergency Department, and he will be provided with a small token of appreciation. Congratulations Dr. Sharma!

Rohan Sharma, M.D.


August 15, 2019

New Faculty

Jason Arthur, M.D., M.P.H. , has joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Arthur completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, and completed his Ultrasound Residency at UAMS Emergency Medicine. We are happy to have him join our department as faculty.

Jason Arthur


Lauren Evans, M.D., has joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Evans completed her emergency medicine residency at UAMS and we are excited about her joining our team as faculty.

Lauren Evans M.D.

Meryll Pampolina, M.D., has joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Pampolina completed her emergency medicine residency at UAMS and we are happy to have her join the team as faculty.

Meryll Bouldin M.D.

Marc Phan, M.D., is joining us again as faculty as an Assistant Professor. He just completed a fellowship in Critical Care at UAMS. We are glad to have him back in our department.

Marc Phan

Brian Russ, D.O., has joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Russ completed his emergency medicine residency at UAMS and we are happy to have him join the team as faculty.

Brian Russ


July 1, 2019

A big welcome to our new 2019 Emergency Medicine Residency Interns

Interns 2019

June 15, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Emergency Medicine Residency Program Graduates!

Residency Graduates 2019

May 16, 2019

Pamplona and Russ holding awardsBIG congratulations to Dr. Meryll Pampolina AND Dr. Brian Russ who both took home national awards this weekend…

1) Dr. Pampolina received the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) Resident Award and Travel Grant. It is an award given to those having shown promise for significant career achievements in Emergency Medicine.

2) Dr. Russ received the SAEM Academy of Emergency Ultrasound (AEUS) Resident Education Award. It is an award which recognizes residents who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field of Emergency Ultrasound.

Way to go guys! We are so proud of you both!


March 15, 2019

Welcome to the Emergency Medicine resident Class of 2022!

Joe Brown
Joe Brown, M.D.
Residents 2022
Medical School: UAMS
Hometown: Star City, Arkansas
Undergrad: University of Arkansas at Monticello
Interests: Sports Medicine, Rural Emergency Medicine
Hobbies: Fishing, Hunting, Hiking
Matthew Denefe
Matthew Denefe, M.D.
Residents 2022
Medical School: UAMS
Hometown: Rogers, AR
Undergrad: University of Central Arkansas
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife and kids, camping, ping pong, woodworking
Bradley Florence
Bradley Florence, D.O.
Residents 2022
Medical School: A.T. Still University
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Undergrad: Arizona State University
Interests: Ultrasound, Mentorship
Hobbies: playing with my kids, cooking, guitar/music.
Elizabeth Hanson
Elizabeth Hanson, M.D.
Residents 2022
Medical School: UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Hometown: Wilson, NC
Undergrad: Wake Forest University
Interests: Medical Education
Hobbies: Working out, painting, creative writing, cooking
Michael Hobensack
Michael Hobensack, M.D.
Residents 2022
Medical School: University of South Carolina
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergrad: Auburn University
Interests: Medical Education, Disaster Medicine, EMS
Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, reading, strength training, college football
Julia Nielsen
Julia Nielsen, M.D.
Residents 2022
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Undergrad: Texas Tech University
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Interests: EMS and Disaster Medicine
Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Trying New Restaurants, and Traveling
Brendan Moore
Brendan Moore, M.D.
Residents 2022
Hometown: Boxford, Massachusetts
Undergrad: Hendrix College
Interests: Global Heath, Education, Public Health
Hobbies: Running, fishing, surfing, spending time with my wife and dog.
Alex Sanders
Alex Sanders, M.D.
Residents 2022
Medical School: UAMS
Hometown: Vilonia, AR
Undergrad: University of Central Arkansas
Interests: Global Health, Wilderness Medicine
Hobbies: Weightlifting, Hiking, Solo-traveling, Camping, Roadtripping
Benjamin Wagner
Benjamin Wagner, M.D.
Residents 2022
Medical School: University of South Carolina - Greenville Medical School
Hometown: Irmo, SC
Undergrad: Furman University
Interests: Cardiovascular Emergencies, Global Health, Ultrasound
Hobbies: CrossFit, Music Production, Guitar, DJing, Retro Video Game Collecting
Rachel White
Rachel White, M.D.
Residents 2022
Hometown: Springdale, AR
Undergrad: University of Arkansas
Interests: Ultrasound, Medical Education, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Hobbies: Baking, Spending time with my husband and son, playing guitar, working out

Oct 2, 2018

CPT Daniel Holleyman, M.D., Receives National Military Excellence Award

Dr. Dan Holleyman being presented the award on stage               Close up of award

Congratulations to CPT Daniel Holleyman, M.D., for being the recipient of the 2018 EMRA Steve Tantama, M.D., Military Excellence Award at ACEP 2018! This national award honors residents who embody the ideals of leadership, integrity, and bravery in service to our nation and our specialty.

Oct 1, 2018

Dr. Meryll Pampolina Receives National “Resident Rocks It!” Award

Dr. Pampolina being given the award .               close up of award

Congratulations to Dr. Meryll Pampolina on receiving the Resident Rocks It! Award at ACEP 2018! This national award is given to a female resident who shows promise for significant career achievement and leadership in Emergency Medicine.

August 31, 2018

New Faculty

Jason ArthurJason Arthur, M.D., M.P.H., has joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Ultrasound Fellow. Dr. Arthur received his medical degree and Master of Public Health at UAMS in 2015. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville.


Heather McLemore, M.D.Heather McLemore, M.D., has joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as an Assistant Professor. Dr. McLemore graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson in 2015. She completed her emergency medicine residency/global health track at UAMS in June.



July 9, 2018

Ashley Bean, M.D., Receives International Award in Emergency Medicine

Ashley Bean, M.D., an associate professor in the College of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) has received the Amin Kazzi International Emergency Medicine Leadership Award from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

“I am incredibly honored to be selected by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine for this prestigious award,” said Bean, director of the global health and international EM resident tract. The office provides an interprofessional connection for the medically related colleges at UAMS, and its global health accreditation committee.

Ashley Bean

The annual award was presented at the 24thAnnual AAEM Scientific Assembly in San Diego, California, in early April.

“Several members including Joe Lex, Terry Mulligan, Haywood Hall and Lisa Moreno-Walton nurtured my interest in international emergency medicine and were instrumental in creating opportunities for my growth in the field,” said Bean. “I consider receiving this recognition by my mentors and peers to be the highest possible compliment.”

The award, established in 2001, recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional, longstanding and profound contribution to the international development of emergency medicine or advancing education of it. The award is named in honor of Amin Antoine Nabih Kazzi, M.D., who has played an exceptional leadership role in the specialty’s efforts internationally.

Bean, who graduated from Hendrix College and attended graduate school at Brown University before returning to Arkansas to complete medical school, was recognized for her outstanding dedication to global education and improving the quality of emergency and acute care globally for more than a decade. She has presented more than 75 lectures and workshops spanning five continents and has served on the scientific committee or as conference co-chair in several countries. She serves as chair of the AAEM International Committee.

June 18, 2018

ICARE Conference Focuses on Best Practices in Emergency Care

Man practicing with an infant manniquin

Doctors, nurses, first responders, police officers and firefighters gathered at UAMS in June for an update on emergency care and best practices.

Emergency care requires health care professionals and first responders to be adept at reacting quickly and efficiently to a variety of needs.

Staying abreast of the latest advancements in treating common conditions and identifying what needs to be done takes training and practice.

About 100 health care professionals, first responders, police officers and firefighters received updates and training exercises on best practices in emergency care June 1-2 at UAMS as part of the third annual ICARE Conference (Improving Critical and Acute Care through Regional Education).

Two men practicing skills

The event is led by the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine and the UAMS Office of Continuing Education. The conference’s lectures, question-and-answer periods and interactive sessions help participants assess and treat traumatic injuries, and learn evidence-based diagnostic and treatment recommendations for common emergency situations.

Participants took part in sessions on opioids, psychiatric and pediatric emergencies, traumatic injuries, stroke and sepsis.

The conference was started in 2016 to address emergency medical care preparedness in Arkansas and appeal to different specialties and disciplines that require emergency response and care.

“We have rapid-fire teaching sessions, large group discussions and panel discussions,” said Rawle A. “Tony” Seupaul, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and ICARE course director. “This makes it a much more interactive experience for our participants.”

By June 18th, 2018

March 19, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Emergency Medicine Resident Matches! We are excited to be a part of your educational journey.

Seth Bartholomew
Seth Bartholomew, M.D.
Bethany Dalby
Bethany Dalby, D.O.
Alisa Fujihashi
Alisa Fujihashi, M.D.
Matt Harrison
Matt Harrison, M.D.
David Hinckley
David Hinckley, M.D.
Jacob Howard
Jacob Howard, D.O.
Alexander Rahnema
Alexander Rahnema, M.D.
Anne Watson
Anne Watson, M.D.
Laura Werline
Laura Werline, M.D.
Brach Williams
Brach Williams, M.D.