Linda Worley, M.D.

About Linda L.M. Worley, M.D.

Dr. Worley was appointed Associate Dean of the College of Medicine for the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus in February 2018 after serving in numerous leadership roles on the UAMS College of Medicine faculty for more than two decades.

Dr. Worley oversees initiatives to strengthen and grow the college’s burgeoning education, clinical, and research programs in Northwest Arkansas. She also works with the college’s regional clinical partners to support and enhance the high-quality training experiences they provide for medical students and residents.

Dr. Worley is a nationally recognized psychiatrist who first joined the College of Medicine faculty full-time in 1992 and became a full tenured professor of psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology in 2007. Among many accomplishments, she founded both the UAMS Student Wellness Program, the College of Medicine Faculty Wellness Program, and the ANGELS (Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines Education and Learning Services) Women’s Mental Health Consultation Service. Leading the UAMS College of Medicine Professionalism initiative, Dr. Worley authored the UAMS code of conduct and was recruited to serve as adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt where she actively teaches the Distressed Physicians Course in the Center for Professional Health.

Dr. Worley was the top premedical graduate from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and played cello in the University Orchestra. She attended Oklahoma University College of Medicine as an out-of-state student, graduating A.O.A. with her medical degree. She went on to complete her psychiatry residency training, including a year of child psychiatry residency, at OU.

Dr. Worley left her full-time academic position at UAMS in 2009 to become a professional educator for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, creating educational curricula in caring for difficult patients and in dealing with difficult colleagues, teaching thousands of physicians throughout the southern United States. She also had a modest private practice and pursued training in equine-facilitated therapy and in sex therapy. She was then recruited to serve in a leadership role in the Veterans Administration, initially as the South Central United States VA Chief Physician Consultant and then as the VISN 16 Physician Mental Health Chief Officer overseeing mental health programming in eight South Central VA hospitals until assuming her current post.

Several of Dr. Worley’s national leadership roles have included chairing the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Scientific Program Committee (2018), serving as president of the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (2013-14), and president of the Association for Academic Psychiatry (2005-06). She was awarded the Association for Academic Psychiatry Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Dr. Worley credits her success to supportive colleagues and mentors throughout her career. In 2008, she received the UAMS Women’s Faculty Development Caucus Outstanding Women Faculty Award.

Dr. Worley is well known for teaching a nautical metaphor – a secret for living a fulfilling life and thriving despite the stress. She has spent much of her career in an effort to help people overcome stigma and to offer a hopeful alternative to relieve suffering other than taking one’s life. She has been extremely active in suicide prevention efforts in the lives of health care professionals and in Veterans.

Dr. Worley acknowledges that emotional intelligence is neither selected for in medical school candidates nor emphasized throughout medical training. This deficit leaves highly trained, technically skilled physicians vulnerable to becoming distressed and burnt out when dealing with the multitude of ongoing, growing frustrations in medical practice today. Dr. Worley is inoculating her trainees against becoming distressed and burnt out by infusing educational content for developing their emotional intelligence and skills to better enable them to thrive in a high-stress environment.

Click here to view a select list of Dr. Worley’s published articles.