HJAR May/Jun 2020

64 MAY / JUN 2020  I  HEALTHCARE JOURNAL OF ARKANSAS Hospital Rounds One study will evaluate an innovative approach called “Eating, Sleeping and Consoling” for its effectiveness in caring for NOWS infants, as mea- sured by decreased length of hospital stay com- pared to usual care. The other study will exam- ine a rapid schedule of weaning NOWS infants from opioid replacement therapy to determine if it shortens the weaning period compared to usual care. Both trials are scheduled to launch this year. UAMS’s Barnes Becomes President of American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons C. Lowry Barnes, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), took office as the 30th president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons during its board of directors video conference on March 25. The meeting was to be held during the annual American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference, but was moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have tough issues to face this year, and we’ll do our best to carry on,” Barnes said at the meeting. Barnes holds the Carl L. Nelson, MD, Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. He graduated with honors from the UAMS College of Medicine in 1986 and completed an internship and residency in ortho- paedic surgery at UAMS. He completed a fellow- ship in adult reconstruction surgery and arthritis surgery at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Barnes lectures nationally and internation- ally on total joint replacement surgery, and has been active in research focusing on the hip and knee. He established Hip Knee Arkansas Founda- tion, a nonprofit research foundation and motion detection laboratory to further study patients with arthritis. He holds four patents for orthopaedic surgery devices he developed, and has designed numer- ous hip and knee implants. Barnes is known nationally for his expertise in healthcare quality, efficiency, and new payment structures that were ushered in with health system reform. Manuel E. Gonzalez, MD, Nasir Khan, MD, Join UAMS Kidney Transplant Team Manuel E. Gonzalez, MD, and Nasir Khan, MD, have joined the University of Arkansas for Medi- cal Sciences (UAMS) as transplant nephrologists, caring for kidney transplant patients before and after surgery and working to expand Arkansas’ liv- ing donor program. UAMS is the only center in Arkansas that offers adult liver and kidney transplantation. Advances in medicine and programs that encourage more people to consider becoming kidney donors have made these life-saving trans- plants more widely available. Transplants remain the best treatment for end-stage renal disease. “We are really excited to be able to hire two outstanding transplant nephrologists to the trans- plant program here in Arkansas for the growing program in the state,” said Lyle Burdine, MD, PhD, transplant surgeon and director of the Solid Organ Transplant Program at UAMS. Gonzalez joins the Department of Internal Med- icine as an assistant professor in the Division of Nephrology. He received a medical degree from the Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador School of Medicine. He completed a rotary internship in general medicine specialties at the Zacamil National Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador. He furthered his training with a residency and fel- lowship in nephrology and fellowship in transplant nephrology at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. Gonzalez is fluent in Spanish and one of his goals is to expand awareness, education and out- reach about treatments for kidney failure among the Spanish-speaking community statewide. Gon- zalez will join Burdine in providing a twice-monthly transplant clinic at the UAMS Northwest Arkansas Regional Campus so patients do not have to travel to Little Rock for care. “I will be emphasizing education and aware- ness about kidney disease in Arkansas, particularly because today there are so many more options than just dialysis,” Gonzalez said. Khan agreed, saying “We have decades of evi- dence that shows people who donate a kidney go on to live healthy, flourishing lives and do not put themselves at greater risk of death or illness com- pared to the general population.” Expanding the living donor program will be a focus for Khan, who joins UAMS as an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology. He received his medical degree in Pakistan and then worked in emergency medicine in Queensland, Australia. His completed his internal medicine residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. He then went on to complete his fellowship in nephrology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and transplant nephrology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. n C. Lowry Barnes, MD Manuel E. Gonzalez, MD Nasir Khan, MD