Chief of Rheumatology and Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine University of Arkansas for...

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Nov 10, 2023

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock invites applications and seeks nominations for the Chief of the Rheumatology and Immunology Division. The new division Chief will lead and optimize the division’s clinical activity, education and research. The selected candidate will receive an academic appointment at the level of Associate or full Professor of Medicine. The Chief will collaborate with a number of key leaders within UAMS, and the Veterans Affairs Hospital. The academic appointment includes an endowed professorship. This position reports directly to the Department Chair of Internal Medicine.

The future Chief will have the opportunity to strengthen clinical operations, recruit faculty, participate in teaching activities for rheumatology fellows, residents, and medical students, and perform basic and/or clinical research.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • The chief will lead the division exemplifying the core values of diversity, open communication, fairness, and respect.
  • The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:
  • Board certification in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology;
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to define and articulate a clear vision for the Division;
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, mentor, and provide faculty career development;
  • Robust record of scholarship and research accomplishments;
  • Well-developed emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to build consensus within groups and teams;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • Unquestioned personal integrity.

Preferred Experience

  • Specialized expertise with national recognition.
  • Independent peer-reviewed research funding

Division or Rheumatology and Immunology
The division currently has 3 physicians, 4 fellows, and a dedicated team of nurses, medical assistants, and administrative personnel.

The outpatient Rheumatology Clinics, at the UAMS Medical Center and the adjacent John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, provide service to patients with rheumatologic diseases for the entire state of Arkansas and parts of bordering States (Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri).

Both the UAMS Clinic and the VA Clinic have access to CT scanning, MRI, and a complete battery of immunologic tests for the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and collagen vascular disease. The Division of Rheumatology and Immunology works in close collaboration with the Department of Orthoapedic Surgery that is nationally recognized for clinical practice, education and research.

The Division or Rheumatology and Immunology is part of the UAMS Department of Internal Medicine which is one of the largest departments in the College of Medicine and is home to approximately 150 full-time faculty members, 81 residents, and 68 fellows serving two residency programs and twelve fellowship programs.

The UAMS College of Medicine is recognized nationally and internationally for the excellence in musculoskeletal research. The Center for Musculoskeletal Disease Research (CMDR), funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), is a multidisciplinary center that encompasses a broad area of musculoskeletal research, including osteoporosis, multiple myeloma, cancer metastases to bone, osteoarthritis, osteomyelitis, and aberrant skeletal development. The CMDR research cores include a Genetic Models Core that uses cutting-edge approaches to genetically manipulate cells and mice, a Bone Histology and Imaging Core that analyzes mouse and human hard tissues, and a Bioinformatics Core that analyzes the large datasets generated by the molecular analyses of cells from mouse and human samples.

About UAMS:
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers (six of which include family medicine practices and residency programs), and a comprehensive Medical Center. UAMS is the largest public employer in Arkansas, with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates, Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state, with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located within Arkansas, UAMS’s Little Rock campus serves as the major tertiary referral center for the entire state with a wide range of pathology. UAMS is the only medical center in Arkansas certified as a Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center.

UAMS has several prominent research centers, including the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Translational Research Institute, the Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute, and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

Faculty physicians provide highly specialized care at UAMS’ main and regional campuses and clinics, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Northwest, the VA Medical Center, and Baptist Health. Faculty researchers are recognized for excellence in many areas including cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, mental health illnesses, and biomedical informatics.

Little Rock, Arkansas
Where the Ouachita Mountains meet the Delta, you find the Arkansas River and the capital city of The Natural State, Little Rock. With a population of approximately 200,000, Little Rock is large enough to be culturally diverse and small enough to encourage a feeling of community among its citizens. Little Rock is full of modern innovation tempered by rich history. The city possesses breathtaking natural beauty thanks to its mountains, river valleys, and miles of untouched woods. The landscape is ideal for hiking, biking, sailing, camping, and more.

Procedure for Candidacy:
Applications, nominations and inquiries can be sent to the Search Committee Chair, Elena Ambrogini, MD, PhD via email at

To assure full consideration, applications must include:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest

Candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by December 31, 2022. 

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