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UAMS Reaches Milestones in 2016 | UAMSHealth
Dec. 22, 2016 | In 2016, UAMS and its physicians and researchers achieved several firsts along with other milestones in patient care, education and research. From treating chronic pain and brain tumors to starting the first comprehensive research study of synthetic marijuana products and graduating the largest class in UAMS history, the university continued to press forward and innovate. The year also brought two notable endings. Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., announced in September that he would retire effective July 31 after more than seven years leading UAMS. His tenure saw the university undergo a significant transformation, expanding educational, clinical and research program across Arkansas. A search committee has been formed to find Rahn's successor. Also in September, Peter Kohler, M.D., announced he would retire as vice chancellor of the UAMS northwest campus effective Dec. 31. In an organizational change, Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., will lead the campus and other UAMS programs in the