Robin K. Dreisigacker, J.D.
Associate Dean, Administration

Robin Dreisigacker worked as an attorney, strategic planning and management consultant, and executive at academic medical centers and higher education institutions for 20 years before her recruitment to the UAMS College of Medicine in 2015. Ms. Dreisigacker held leadership, planning and executive communications posts at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. She operated a consulting practice and general civil legal practice from 2012 to 2015. Ms. Dreisigacker received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she was honored with the Health Law Scholar Award. She received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Contact Ms. Dreisigacker: (501) 686-5393 |


Jake Stover, M.H.S.A.
Associate Dean, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Jake Stover, M.H.S.A., brings over a decade of UAMS senior financial leadership experience to his role as associate dean for finance and chief financial officer in the College of Medicine. He joined UAMS in 2006 and served as director of treasury from 2009 to 2012. He went on to serve as assistant vice chancellor and then associate vice chancellor for finance and treasurer. Mr. Stover was the executive vice president and CFO of CARTI Cancer Center from 2017 until joining the College of Medicine in August 2018. He received his undergraduate certificate in accounting and his Bachelor of Health Sciences at UA Little Rock, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his Master of Health Services Administration at UAMS.

Contact Mr. Stover: (501) 526-6373 |


Erick Messias, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Dr. Erick Messias was named associate dean for faculty affairs in May 2017. He is also a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, where he held leadership positions from 2010 to 2015. Dr. Messias leads faculty processes related to recruitment, evaluation and promotion & tenure. He works with the associate provost for faculty and UAMS Faculty Center to support faculty development and foster professionalism. Dr. Messias received his medical degree from the Federal University of Ceará School of Medicine in Brazil in 1996. He completed his general psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Program followed by a Master of Public Health, residency in preventive medicine, and Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins, the Medical College of Georgia and his alma mater in Brazil.

Contact Dr. Messias: (501) 526-4661 |


James Graham, M.D.
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education

Dr. James Graham, an award-winning educator who has directed the College of Medicine’s first-year clinical medicine course since 1999, began overseeing undergraduate medical education as associate dean in 2010. Dr. Graham graduated from the College of Medicine in 1985 and remained at UAMS for his general pediatrics residency. He completed the University of Oklahoma-based National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect’s Interdisciplinary Training Program and then completed a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at UAMS. Dr. Graham joined the faculty in 1991 and began directing the fellowship the following year. He served as chief of pediatric emergency medicine in the college and at Arkansas Children’s Hospital from 2005 until his appointment as associate dean. Dr. Graham was instrumental in development of Arkansas’ statewide trauma system as chair of the Governor’s Trauma Advisory Council.

Contact Dr. Graham: (501) 686-7407 |


Jim A. Clardy, M.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Jim Clardy, a professor of psychiatry, has served as associate dean for graduate medical education since 2004. Dr. Clardy graduated from the College of Medicine in 1986 and remained at UAMS for his residency in psychiatry before completing a fellowship in schizophrenia research at the National Institute for Mental Health. He has been active in residency education since joining the faculty in 1993, later serving as director of the Psychiatry Residency. As associate dean, Dr. Clardy has concentrated on junior faculty development and educational research. Dr. Clardy has served on the steering committee for the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Resident Affairs and is a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Institutional Review Committee. He is also a fellow in the American College of Psychiatrists.

Contact Dr. Clardy: (501) 296-1159 |


Frederick “Rick” E. Barr, M.D., M.B.A.
Associate Dean for Children’s Health

Dr. Rick Barr has served as professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate dean for child health in the UAMS College of Medicine and as pediatrician-in-chief for Arkansas Children’s since October 2017. Dr. Barr received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1988. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University and continued his training as a pediatric critical care clinical fellow and cardiovascular research fellow at the University of California San Francisco. He was on the faculty and held numerous leadership posts at Vanderbilt from 1995 to 2010 and then at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati in 2010-2011. Dr. Barr was recruited in 2011 to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Children’s of Mississippi/Batson Children’s Hospital, where he served as the Suzan B. Thames Endowed Professor, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for graduate medical education prior to his recruitment to UAMS.

Contact Dr. Barr: (501) 364-5262 |


Linda L.M. Worley, M.D.
Associate Dean for Northwest Arkansas

Dr. Linda Worley is a professor of psychiatry and nationally recognized psychiatrist who has held numerous leadership roles on the faculty. As associate dean since February 2018, she oversees initiatives to strengthen and grow the college’s burgeoning education, clinical and research programs in Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Worley received her medical degree and completed her general psychiatry residency followed by a year of fellowship training in child psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She first joined the UAMS faculty in 1992. Among many accomplishments, Dr. Worley founded the Women’s Mental Health Program and authored guidelines for the state of Arkansas under UAMS’ ANGELS program. She has been based in Northwest Arkansas full-time since early 2014 and served as the Physician Mental Health Chief Officer for the South Central United States Veterans Integrated Services Network from 2016 until assuming her current post.

Contact Dr. Worley: (479) 713-8301 |