About the Vice Chancellor, UAMS Northwest Region

Pearl McElfish

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

Dr. Pearl McElfish serves as Vice Chancellor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas, oversees the Office of Community Health and Research, and serves as Director of the Center for Pacific Islander Health.

She holds faculty appointments in the UAMS Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and in the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. She is the founder of the Office of Community Health and Research at UAMS Northwest Regional Campus and of the Center for Pacific Islander Health at UAMS. Since late 2014, she has been awarded more than $30 million in federal grants as Principal Investigator and more than $80 million as Co-Investigator to address health disparities and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. McElfish holds a Ph.D. in public policy, a master’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in community and economic development.  She is a certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Community Developer with more than 15 years of experience working in health care administration and community health.

A member of the Northwest Arkansas Council, Dr. McElfish was instrumental in establishing the Health Care Transformation Task Force and she chairs the graduate medical education committee.

Dr. McElfish is committed to promoting a diverse workforce on the UAMS Northwest Campus. Her research focuses on reducing health disparities in Pacific Islander and Hispanic communities and on healthy food systems. She also conducts methodological research into best practices for community-based participatory research and disseminating research results to participants and communities.  She has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other private foundations.