Department News


October 25, 2019

Leslie Harrell, D.O., Joins UAMS as Radiation Oncologist

Leslie Harrell, D.O.

By Linda Haymes Radiation oncologist Leslie Harrell, D.O., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and sees patients at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center. She also serves as a professor in UAMS College of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology. Harrell, who previously served as a radiation oncologist in Oklahoma City, specializes in…


October 9, 2019

Research Collaboration Crosses Basic Science, Clinical Boundaries

Photo of Doctors mureho, dings and griffin

By Susan Van Dusen Biomedical research does not exist in a vacuum. To succeed, scientists must work together by combining resources and ideas in new and innovative ways. Many times, these collaborations exist across institutions, where combined strengths provide the perfect combination of skills necessary to undertake complex projects successfully. Such is the case with…


August 23, 2019

New Faculty

Dr. Faraz Kalantari

  Faraz Kalantari, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Radiation Oncology as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Kalantari received a bachelor’s degree in atomic and molecular physics at Kharazmi University in Iran in 2004 and a master’s degree in medical physics in 2007 at Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran, where he later earned his doctorate in medical…


April 18, 2019

Dr. Garron Deshazer receives Best Poster Award

Dr. Galhardo (left) and Dr. Narayanasamy (Right) present Dr. Deshazer (Middle) with the Best Poster Award

Congratulations to Dr. Garron Deshazer for receiving the Best Poster Award Friday at the Southwest American Association of Physicists in Medicine Annual Meeting.  His poster was titled Analysis of Brainlab Elements vs Eclipse RadpidArc Spine Stereotactic Radiosurgery Platforms.  


April 9, 2019

Art Students Help UAMS Cancer Patients ‘Paint Over Pain’

Radiation Oncology staff and CAC students pose with mask creations

By Susan Van Dusen Transforming something frightening into something inspiring isn’t an easy task. But that’s exactly what students at Central Arkansas Christian (CAC) School set out to do for patients undergoing treatment at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center. “I love the idea of being able to inspire the patients and bring a little bit…


April 5, 2019

Students Hope to Lift Cancer Patients’ Spirits with Painted Radiation Masks

KATV picture

Artwork produced by local high school students will be on display at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center. The project, Paint over Pain, aims to lift patients’ spirits by bringing beauty to a frightening part of treatment: radiation masks. Radiation masks immobilize patients during treatment by holding their head and neck in place for precise radiation…


December 11, 2018

Eight-Year Old Celebrates End of Radiation Therapy

Little girl with RadOnc staff

It’s common to hear bells at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center. When a patient completes their final treatment, they celebrate by stepping up to the large brass bell on the wall and giving it a ring. For 8-year-old Abigail Lewis, however, one ring was not enough. After finishing a milestone 30th radiation treatment, Abigail grabbed the braided…


July 10, 2018

Jian Fang, Ph.D., Graduates from Medical Physics Residency

Dr. Fang with the UAMS Radiation Oncology Faculty

Dr. Jian Fang graduated from the Medical Physics Residency program on June 29th, 2018. Dr. Fang has been a Resident with the Radiation Oncology Medical Physics program for 2 years. After graduation, Dr. Fang has accepted a position at Baylor Scott and White Health in Texas. Congratulations and good luck!


May 29, 2018

Retired Lieutenant General Faces Prostate Cancer Head-on at UAMS

Picture of George Crocker

George Crocker is up to just about any challenge. A retired Army lieutenant general, Crocker spent the good part of his life defending his country both at home and abroad. From two tours in Vietnam to serving as commander at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington, Crocker made a lasting mark through his distinguished military service….


May 21, 2018

Medical Student Awarded Eleanor Duncan Oncology Scholarship

Scarlett Acklin

Scarlett Acklin, a third-year medical student active in research within the UAMS Department of Radiation Oncology, was awarded the 2018-2019 Eleanor Duncan Oncology Scholarship from the Conway Regional Health Foundation.  Scarlett has been conducting her medical research in Dr. Fen Xia’s research lab. Scarlett’s research project is investigating the underlining molecular mechanism of cancer therapy induced peripheral…



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