Angel López-Candales, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as a Professor and non-invasive cardiologist in the Division of Cardiology. Dr. López-Candales received his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Rio Piedras Campus, in 1986. He completed his internship and internal medicine residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He continued his training with research and clinical fellowships in cardiology at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis and Washington University School of Medicine, where he went on to serve as an Instructor and then Assistant Professor.
Dr. López-Candales was recruited to the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996. He directed the Coronary Care Unit at Buffalo General Hospital from 1996 to 2001 and directed the Outpatient Inotrope Infusion Unit from 1997 to 2001. Dr. López-Candales held numerous cardiology leadership positions while on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2001-2011 and the University of Cincinnati in 2011-2014. He was recruited to the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, in 2014, and served in multiple leadership positions, including Chief of the Cardiovascular Medicine Division, Program Director of the Cardiology Training Program, Internal Medicine Residency Research Faculty Coordinator and Vice Chair of Research, prior to his recruitment to UAMS.
Subodh Devabhaktuni, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor and electrophysiologist in the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Devabhaktuni received his medical degree from the Guntur Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas, where he also served as Chief Resident and then as Chief Fellow for Cardiology. Dr. Devabhaktuni continued his training at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he completed a fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology and then served as Chief Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow.
Ram Thotakura, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Hospital Medicine Division. Dr. Thotakura received his medical degree at the Siddhartha Medical College of Vijayawada, India. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He served as Medical Co-Director of the Buffalo General Medical Center Hospitalist Group before coming to Little Rock to practice as a direct care hospitalist with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. He completed a nephrology fellowship this year and will spend part of his clinical time on the Nephrology Service.
Hazel Kathryn Liverett, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease. Dr. Liverett received her medical degree from the College of Medicine in 2005 and stayed at UAMS for her residency in internal medicine/pediatrics. She completed a fellowship in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in 2013. Dr. Liverett practiced as an infectious disease specialist at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas, prior to her recruitment to UAMS.
Jose Caceres, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor and interventional pulmonologist in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. Dr. Caceres received his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in the Dominican Republic. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Jacobi Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. He continued his training with a pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He came to UAMS in 2018 for his fellowship in interventional pulmonology.