Please join us in welcoming these recent additions to the College of Medicine faculty!
Kyle Stoner, M.D.
Kyle Stoner, M.D., has joined the Department of Anesthesiology as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Stoner received his medical degree and completed his residency at UAMS. He served as an Associate Anesthesiologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2019-2020 and then as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at Iowa for a year prior to his return to UAMS.
Eric Enemark, Ph.D.
Eric Enemark, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as an Associate Professor. Dr. Enemark is a researcher in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, where his expertise centers on the use of X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM to better understand the detailed mechanisms of DNA replication in the context of disease states such as cancer.
Dr. Enemark received his doctorate at Stanford University. He completed his postdoctoral work at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, where he went on to work as a research investigator in 2002-2008. Dr. Enemark served as an Assistant Member and later as an Associate Member of the Department of Structural Biology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis from 2009 until his recruitment to UAMS early this year.
Read more about Dr. Enemark’s research.
Ashim Bagchi, Ph.D.
Ashim Bagchi, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an Instructor and researcher in the Division of Cardiology.Dr. Bagchi received his doctorate in science/immunology from the University of Jadavpur in India in 2006. He has competed multiple research fellowships in immunology and cardiovascular sciences. Dr. Bagchi most recently served as a research associate at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.
Munawwar Hussain, M.D.
Munawwar Hussain, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor and hospitalist in the Hematology/Oncology Division. Dr. Hussain received his medical degree from Punjab Medical College in Pakistan in 2009. He completed an internal medicine residency at Conemaugh Health System in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 2016. Dr. Hussain continued his career there as a hospitalist and attending physician.
Jaskirat Sethi, M.D.
Jaskirat Sethi, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor and hospitalist in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Sethi received his medical degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2017. He recently completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Mississippi.
Shirisha Ale, M.D.
Shirisha Ale, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine.Dr. Ale received her medical degree from Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences in Narketpally, Telangana, India, in 2010. She was a research fellow in the Department of Nephrology at Cleveland Clinic – Akron General in Akron, Ohio, in 2016. Dr. Ale recently completed a residency in internal medicine and served as Assistant Chief Resident at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, RRWJ Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Sindhu Malapati, M.D.
Sindhu Malapati, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology. Her clinical focus is the care of women with breast cancer. Before joining UAMS, she completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, where she focused on breast oncology. She completed her residency in internal medicine at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in Chicago. A native of Goa, India, Dr. Malapati received her medical degree from Goa Medical College in Bambolim, India.
Krishna Kakkera, M.D.
Krishna Kakkera, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor specializing in critical care in the Pulmonary Division. Dr. Kakkera received his medical degree from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, in 2010. He completed an internship in 2013 and residency in 2015 in internal medicine at UAMS and the Central Arkansas Veterans Health System. In 2018, He completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine and served as Chief Fellow at UAMS. Dr. Kakkera most recently worked as a pulmonary critical care physician at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
Tarek Bakdash, M.D.
Tarek Bakdash, M.D., has joined the Department of Neurology as an Assistant Professor and neurohospitalist. Dr. Bakdash received his medical degree from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine in Syria. He completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Minnesota and affiliated hospitals. Dr. Bakdash is a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty certification in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disease. He provides comprehensive care for patients in the Neurology Inpatient Service at UAMS Medical Center.
Paul Darden, M.D.
Paul Darden, M.D., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as a Professor in the Division of Community Pediatrics and Director of Population Health for Arkansas Children’s. Dr. Darden has served on national committees for the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program under the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trial Network (ISPCTN) since 2016 and will continue working with this program at Arkansas Children’s and UAMS.
Dr. Darden most recently served as Section Chief of General and Community Pediatrics at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, where he was also the Director of the Academic Generalist Training Program and the CMRI James Paul Linn Endowed Chair. An accomplished researcher in primary care, Dr. Darden founded the Oklahoma Child Health Research Network and served as the Director of the Oklahoma Pediatric Clinical Trials Network. He has worked extensively for much of his career with the American Academy of Pediatrics practice-based research network and the Pediatric Research in Office Settings, where he has conducted many studies regarding vaccines in practice settings, continuity of care, and screenings for development and obesity issues in primary care.
Dr. Darden earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his internship and residency at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He continued his training with fellowships in pediatric epidemiology at Montreal Children’s Hospital and in faculty development in general internal medicine and general pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Samrat Roy Choudhury, Ph.D.
Samrat Roy Choudhury, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Roy Choudhury is a researcher in the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute with special expertise in epigenetics in cancer. His research focuses on the functional understanding of epigenomics that drive an aggressive disease state in subpopulations of pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Dr. Roy Choudhury received his doctorate in biotechnology from the Indian Statistical Institute at the University of Calcutta in India. He completed his postdoctoral work with a W.M. Keck Foundation grant in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University in Indiana. Dr. Roy Choudhury served as a Research Associate in the Myeloma Center at UAMS in 2016 through 2020.
Andrew Morris, Ph.D.
Andrew Morris, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology as a Professor. Dr. Morris comes to UAMS from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where he was the Ashwini Anand Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Research and Director of the Small Molecule Mass Spectrometry Core Laboratory, which supported the analytical core components of several NIH-funded research programs. Dr. Morris was a research investigator at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a position he will transfer to the Central Arkansas Veterans Affair Medical Center.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Morris’ independent research program has broadly addressed the roles of lipid metabolism and lipid signaling in human diseases. His current research investigates bioactive lysophospholipids as inflammatory mediators that link diet-dependent and genetic risk factors for common cardiovascular diseases including coronary artery disease and aortic stenosis. He has extensive expertise in biomedical mass spectrometry that includes both large-scale analysis of lipids and metabolites (lipidomics and metabolomics) and targeted measurements of biomarkers of diet, nutrition and environmental chemicals. He is currently engaged in collaborative studies using these approaches to measure circulating biomarkers for human diseases and to investigate the human health effects of exposure to certain classes of organic environmental chemicals. Dr. Morris’ laboratory has been an effective training environment, particularly for early-career investigators, and he has an extensive record of service as reviewer on NIH study sections.
Dr. Morris received his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Birmingham, England. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, where went on to serve as a Research Assistant Professor in 1991-1993. Dr. Morris served on the faculty of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York in 1993-2001 and in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at UNC from 2001 until his recruitment to the University of Kentucky as a Professor of Internal Medicine in 2005.
Adam Wolfe, M.D., Ph.D.
Adam Wolfe, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the Department of Radiation Oncology as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Wolfe received his medical degree and doctorate in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the Ohio State University. Dr. Wolfe treats patients with gastrointestinal cancers at the UAMS Radiation Oncology Center using state-of-the-art radiation therapy techniques. In the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, his research focuses on the discovery of novel therapeutic strategies for pancreatic cancer. Learn more about Dr. Wolfe on the Radiation Oncology website.
Lindsey Wolf, M.D., MPH
Lindsey Wolf, M.D., MPH, has joined the Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Wolf received her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston while simultaneously earning a Master of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She continued her training with a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Department of Urology
Julie Riley, M.D.
Julie Riley, M.D., has joined the Department of Urology as an Associate Professor and Residency Program Director. Dr. Riley comes to UAMS from the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine, where she was an Associate Professor, Director of Endourology and Stone Disease, and UNM Lead Renal Transplant Listing Surgeon. She also served as Chair of the Surgical Services Oversight Committee and as Executive Surgeon of Surgical Services. Her clinical interests are surgical and medical management of nephrolithiasis, renal and ureter reconstruction, BPH, renal cancer and renal obstruction.
Dr. Riley received her Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Community Services from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in urology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and continued her training with a fellowship in endourology, robotics and laparoscopy at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Riley is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and is active in numerous other national professional organizations including the American Urologic Association and the Society of Endourology. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Endourology, Urology and other peer-reviewed publications.