Pearl A. McElfish, MBA, MS, Ph.D.

Pearl A. McElfish, MBA, MS, Ph.D.

Thank you for your interest in UAMS in Northwest Arkansas. The UAMS Northwest Regional Campus was established in 2007 to meet the growing demand of health care professionals and to support the growth in the Northwest Arkansas region. Northwest Arkansas is a collection of vibrant and rapidly expanding communities, and the need for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care providers will continue to grow with our region’s population. The UAMS Northwest Regional Campus is excited to continue to expand our efforts to meet the communities’ needs.

Our campus is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, just one mile from the University of Arkansas campus. To learn more about life in northwest Arkansas, visit To learn more about the UAMS investment in Northwest Arkansas, read on and explore our site.


We are beginning our 12th year in Northwest Arkansas, and in the last decade, we’ve grown from just a handful of students to 300 in the 2018-2019 school year. Our academic programs through the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy allow UAMS 3rd and 4th-year students to complete their degrees in Northwest Arkansas. In addition, our regional campus includes graduate-level nursing programs, a doctoral physical therapy program, and an undergraduate program in radiologic imaging.

Residencies and fellowships are an important part of training the next generation of health care providers, and the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus is proud to offer residencies in family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, and pharmacy, along with a fellowship in sports medicine.

Clinical Care

UAMS has two family medicine clinics, in Fayetteville and Springdale, where 29 family medicine residents practice, along with additional full and part-time physicians. More than 50,000 patients in northwest Arkansas receive care at these two clinics each year. UAMS provides specialty pediatric care through the Centers for Children in Lowell and at Arkansas Children’s Northwest.

ANGELS – the Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education, and Learning System –  has sites in Washington, Benton, Carroll, and Boone counties and is designed to connect high risk obstetric and perinatal patients with access to the best specialty care via telemedicine, reducing the amount of time families have to spend traveling to Little Rock.

UAMS in Northwest Arkansas is also part of ARSAVES – Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support – and works with five hospitals in Northwest Arkansas to connect stroke patients with vascular neurologists who are available for consultation 24/7.

UAMS continues to invest heavily in Northwest Arkansas, and we look forward to bringing additional clinical services close to home.

Strategic Partnerships

UAMS is proud to partner with Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest, the Arkansas Department of Health, Community Clinic of Northwest Arkansas, Highlands Oncology Group, Mercy Health Systems Northwest Arkansas, Northwest Health, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, the University of Arkansas, and Washington Regional Medical Center

Community Programs

Through our Office of Community Health and Research, UAMS works to reduce health disparities and increase access to chronic disease prevention and management services in Northwest Arkansas. Community programs include diabetes prevention and management, sodium reduction programs, community health worker training, Marshallese medical interpreter training, cultural competency training for health care providers, and investments in community gardens and cooking and nutrition classes. Partner organizations for community health programs include the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, Cargill, Cisneros Center for New Americans, Feed Communities, Samaritan Community Center, Springdale Public Schools, Tyson Foods, and the University of Arkansas. UAMS staff and faculty also engage in community-based participatory research with the local Marshallese community and with Pacific Islander communities both in the U.S. and abroad.

Through its Don W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education, UAMS provides a number of geriatric community programs including caregiver training, aging senior resource centers, continuing education in geriatrics, and certified nurse assistant training. UAMS is also partnered with Washington Regional Hospital and the Area Agencies on Aging of Northwest Arkansas to offer PACE, Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, which is designed to help seniors access the care they need without giving up their independence and moving into nursing homes.

Through the Northwest Regional Campus, we bring the same exceptional care and education you know and expect from our main campus in Little Rock here close to home. Thank you for letting us help bring Northwest Arkansas to a better state of health.

I encourage you to not only learn more about our campus through this website but to also explore this link to the main UAMS campus in Little Rock:


Pearl A. McElfish, MBA, MS, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Northwest Arkansas Region
Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Office of Community Health and Research
Co-Director, Center for Pacific Islander Health
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences