Christopher Westfall, M.D.

Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., FACS

Dean, College of Medicine

Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., FACS, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Director of the Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, and Director of the Surgical Services Service Line, began serving as Interim Dean of the College of Medicine in February 2018. He accepted the permanent position of dean in August 2018.

Dr. Westfall received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned his medical degree at the Ohio State University. He completed a residency in general surgery at Keesler Medical Center, was certified by the American Board of Surgery and awarded fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He went on to complete a residency in ophthalmology at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center and a two-year fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Westfall served as Department Chair and Residency Program Director in Ophthalmology at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center. He retired as Chief Consultant in Ophthalmology to the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, at the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Westfall joined the UAMS faculty in 1997 and served in numerous leadership positions prior to his appointment as Chair in 2009. These included Vice Chairman and Medical Practice Leader; Chief of the Oculoplastics Surgical Services at UAMS Medical Center, John L. McClellan Veterans Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH); Chief of Service at ACH; and Chairman and Medical Director of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program in the UAMS College of Health Professions. He served as UAMS Chief of Medical Staff in 2014-2016. He was invested in 2008 as the inaugural holder of the Pat Walker Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology.

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