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Core Faculty

We have 8 core faculty and over 65 adjunct faculty at the UAMS-NW Internal Medicine Residency.

Thomas K. Schulz, MD, FACP, Program Director

Dr. Schulz is the program director of the UAMS–Northwest Internal Medicine Residency Program and an associate professor in the UAMS Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine–Wichita (UKSM-W), where he served as a chief resident. He was appointed as an assistant professor of medicine at UKSM-W. He then completed a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he served as a chief fellow. After fellowship, he served as an associate professor and associate program director of internal medicine residency program at UKSM-W. In 2015, he joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to establish a new residency program in its Northwest Campus.

Dr. Schulz has received numerous awards including multiple Resident and Faculty Teaching Awards and Gaines Endowed Professorship for Phase I Research during his tenure at the University of Kansas SOM–Wichita. In addition to his teaching activities, publications, presentations, and research grants, Dr. Schulz is actively engaged in the community, from leading the free clinic for the underserved Marshallese population to serving on the program committee of the American College of Physicians Arkansas Chapter.

Dr. Schulz is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of American Medical Association, and American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology.

 

Kimberly R. Agee, MD, FACP, FCCP, Core Faculty at the VA of the Ozarks

Dr. Agee is a staff physician with the VA of the Ozarks and a core faculty of the UAMS-NW Internal Medicine Residency. He received his doctorate degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He completed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, where he served as a chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago in Illinois. Throughout his career, he served in several leadership positions including the ICU director at the Navy Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia and the Chief of Staff at the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He has an extensive history of community involvement. Currently, he is a board member of the Washington County Historical Society and a volunteer to the Northwest Arkansas Free Clinic, both located in Fayetteville, AR.

Dr. Agee is fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American Thoracic Society. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.

 

Benjamin M. Boral, DO, Core Faculty at Mercy Hospital Rogers

Dr. Boral is a hospitalist at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, AR and a core faculty of the UAMS-NW Internal Medicine Residency. He received his medical degree at the Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky. He has served as a physician assistant anatomy instructor at DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and a physician assistant physical exam instructor at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Boral is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine.

 

Christopher Clark, MD, Core Faculty at Mercy Hospital Rogers

Dr. Clark is a hospitalist at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, AR and a core faculty of the UAMS-NW Internal Medicine Residency. He received his medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. He then completed his residency at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. Before joining Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, he served as a hospitalist at the Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, AR.

Dr. Clark is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine.

 

Robert W. Donnell, MD, Core Faculty at Mercy Hospital Rogers

Dr. Donnell is a hospitalist at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, AR and a core faculty of the UAMS-NW Internal Medicine Residency. He received his doctorate at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. He then completed his residency at St. Louis University in Missouri. He has served on numerous hospital committees including facility medical informatics, infection control, pharmacy and therapeutics, and antibiotic stewardship. He also published more than a dozen articles on Medscape, a web-based resource for physicians and healthcare professionals.

Dr. Donnell has been a member of Society of Hospital Medicine, American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, and Arkansas Medical Society. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine.

 

John Henley, MD, Core Faculty at the VA of the Ozarks

Dr. Henley is a staff physician with the VA of the Ozarks and a core faculty of the UAMS-NW Internal Medicine Residency. He received his doctorate degree at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Medicine in Shreveport and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency at LSU–Shreveport as well. He is currently a staff physician in the Hepatitis Clinic at the VA Hospital. Before then, he worked at the Springdale Diagnostic Clinic.

Dr. Henley is a member of the American College of Physicians. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine.

 

Glenda M. Patterson, MD, FCCP, Core Faculty at the VA of the Ozarks

Dr. Patterson is a staff physician with the VA of the Ozarks and a core faculty of the UAMS-NW Internal Medicine Residency. She received her medical degree at Emory University in Georgia. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston. She completed a pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a heart/lung and lung transplant medicine fellowship at Stanford University in California. She has held academic appointments at the University of South Florida, University of Mississippi, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Patterson has served as the director of the pulmonary rehabilitation program and adult cystic fibrosis program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She served on the committees of the American Thoracic Society including the clinic practice committee, postgraduate education committee, and task force on women’s issues. Among her various professional activities, she served on the ventilator management committee at the VA of the Ozarks and institutional biosafety committee at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Patterson is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American Thoracic Society and International Soceity for Heart and Lung Transplantation. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.

 

Drake J. Rippelmeyer, MD, Core Faculty at the VA of the Ozarks

Dr. Rippelmeyer is a staff physician with the VA of the Ozarks and a core faculty of the UAMS-NW Internal Medicine Residency. He received his medical degree at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society. He completed a family practice internship at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He then completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he served as a chief resident. He was also trained in upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy.

Before joining the VA of the Ozarks, Dr. Rippelmyer worked at the Whiteriver PHS Indian Hospital in Arizona, where he served both as a primary care provider and as an internal medicine consultant. He was also the director of several clinics there as well as a member of the ethics committee and pharmacy and therapeutics committee. After his service in Arizona, he joined the VA of the Ozarks, where he served as a hospitalist and the chief of medical service. He is currently an assistant chief of medicine.

Dr. Rippelmeyer is a member of the American College of Physicians. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine.

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