Lee Archer, M.D., Named Chair of Department of Neurology at the University of Arkansas & Upcoming Webinars

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From the President of the AUPN

Robert L. “Lee” Archer, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), effective Aug. 1, 2017

Dr. Archer, who has led the department on an interim basis since July 2016, has served on the UAMS faculty for more than 30 years, providing world-class care for Arkansans with multiple

sclerosis (MS), while teaching and mentoring many future neurologists. He has earned the admiration of his patients, students, residents and colleagues.

“Dr. Archer emerged as the clear choice in our nationwide search for a leader who can take the department’s education, research and clinical programs to the next level,” said Pope L. Moseley, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine and executive vice chancellor at UAMS. “As interim chair, he embraced the significant challenges of leading a department in transition. The department has expanded substantially under his leadership, with his recruitment of nine outstanding physicians and scientists – half of the department’s current faculty.”

Two of those new faculty members were recruited to improve stroke and critical care services, one of Dr. Archer’s key areas of focus. Other goals include facilitating the efforts of the Movement Disorders Clinic, including collaborative work with the College of Medicine’s Department of Geriatrics and the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging specifically in Alzheimer’s disease, and building on the already strong Multiple Sclerosis Clinic by supporting faculty research.

Dr. Archer also will focus on strengthening ties with the basic science faculty at UAMS, particularly in bioinformatics, to fully take advantage of research, education and collaboration opportunities. He will advance the department’s research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by filling two endowed chair positions in association with the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. He will continue to work closely with the UAMS Department of Neurosurgery to ensure patients receive seamless care from diagnosis to surgery to follow-up care.

Dr. Archer, who is highly regarded in the MS patient community, will continue to spend about half of his time on patient care. 

Dr. Archer received his medical degree from the College of Medicine. He completed his residency at UAMS, joined the faculty, and has held the rank of professor for the past nine years. He founded UAMS’ Multiple Sclerosis Service and co-directed the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic at UAMS.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Archer.


Upcoming Webinar

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October 13, 2017 at noon EST 
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