Please join us in welcoming these recent additions to the College of Medicine faculty.
Shaymaa Al-Shukri, Ph.D.
Shaymaa Al-Shukri, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) as an Instructor. Dr. Al-Shukri received her doctorate in applied computing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She most recently worked in DBMI as a business intelligence analyst and developer supporting the UAMS Clinical Research Data Warehouse. She will continue her support of the data warehouse in addition to teaching in the Biomedical Informatics graduate program.
Michael Rutherford, M.S.
Michael Rutherford, M.S., has joined the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) as an Instructor. Mr. Rutherford received his master’s in information quality from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He expects to finish his doctorate in biomedical informatics from the UAMS Graduate School by the end of the year. Mr. Rutherford most recently worked as a lead application systems developer in DBMI. In his new role, he will support the Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA) and its European counterpart, EuCanImage. Both are archives of de-identified medical cancer images.
Zulema Udaondo Dominguez, Ph.D.
Zulema Udaondo Dominguez, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) as an Instructor. Dr. Udaondo Dominguez received her doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Granada in Spain. She most recently worked in DBMI as a postdoctoral fellow, performing the pangenome analysis of over 10,000 Escherichia coli strains. Her work involves the use third-generation DNA sequencing technologies, such as Oxford Nanopore sequencing. Her research leverages large-scale comparative genomic analyses to investigate ESKAPE pathogens and uncover their mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, among other traits.
Monique Spillman, M.D., Ph.D.
Monique Spillman, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as Professor and Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. She also serves as an Associate Medical Director for the Cancer Service Line in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.
Dr. Spillman received her medical degree and doctorate in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical and Graduate Schools. She completed her residency in the Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard obstetrics and gynecology training program. She continued her training with a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
She subsequently was appointed as faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she completed the postdoctoral research fellowship in women’s health and established her own molecular biology lab investigating the role of estrogen in ovarian cancer.
In 2014, Dr. Spillman was recruited to Baylor University Medical Center as an attending gynecologic oncologist at Texas Oncology, P.A., part of the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas. While there, she also served as OB/GYN clerkship coordinator for medical students from Texas A&M as well as teaching residents from Baylor and Texas Tech Permian Basin.
Dr. Spillman’s scholarly interests expanded to include medical ethics. She has led four national professional ethics committees and is a past Chair of the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. She has published 56 peer-reviewed articles and 20 ethics committee policy papers.
Oriaku Kas-Osoka, M.D., M.Ed.
Oriaku Kas-Osoka, M.D., M.Ed., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Associate Professor in the Adolescent Medicine Section and Pediatrics Residency Program Director. Dr. Kas-Osoka was recruited from the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was an Associate Professor and Pediatric Residency Director from 2020-2023.
“Dr. Kas-Osoka is an outstanding educator and mentor,” said William Steinbach, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Child Health in the College of Medicine. “She is implementing a new vision and bringing innovative leadership in resident education to our program.”
Dr. Kas-Osoka earned her undergraduate degree in bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego before obtaining her medical degree in the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science/University of California, Los Angeles Joint Medical Education Program. She completed her pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland and the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. She continued her training with a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center while simultaneously earning a master’s in education at the University of Cincinnati.
Tracy Haselow, M.D.
Tracy Haselow, M.D., has joined the Department of Psychiatry as an Associate Professor and Director of the UAMS Student, Resident and Faculty Wellness Programs.
Dr. Haselow received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine in 2008 and completed her residency training in psychiatry at UAMS in 2012.
Dr. Haselow is a former staff physician with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, where she served as Director of the UAMS student resident rotations in the mental health clinic. She received the Emile Eckart Award for Excellence in Resident Education in 2015. Dr. Haselow most recently served as an outpatient psychiatrist with Chenal Family Therapy in Little Rock. She began working with faculty, residents and students at UAMS part-time in January and moved to full-time in April.
In her role as Director of the Student, Resident and Faculty Wellness Programs, Dr. Haselow succeeds Puru Thapa, M.D., MPH, who is retiring May 31.
Jeremy Sabado, M.D.
Jeremy Sabado, M.D., has joined the Department of Radiology as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Radiology and Chief of Pediatric Interventional Radiology. Dr. Sabado received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his radiology residency training at the Ohio State University Medical Center and fellowship training in pediatric radiology and pediatric interventional radiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Sabado served as a pediatric interventional radiologist and Fellowship Director at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware, with a faculty appointment at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He also worked as a pediatric interventional radiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with faculty appointment at the Ohio State University Medical Center prior to joining UAMS.