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AMS Welcomes 13 New Members in January

By joining the Arkansas Medical Society (AMS), the physicians listed below have illustrated their commitment to improving health care in their communities and our state.

“As AMS members, these physicians are part of a statewide network of over 4,300 Arkansas physicians, residents and medical students, dedicated to protecting the interests of their patients and improving the health of Arkansans,” said Society President, Scott Cooper, MD, of Rogers.

“For over 140 years, the Arkansas Medical Society has served the physicians and patients of Arkansas through legislation, education and the day to day support of medical practices. Most recently, we have worked together to support the extension of private health insurance coverage to working families earning below 138% of the federal poverty level, advocating for responsible and practical reforms such as patient-centered medical homes and establishing a prescription drug monitoring program to combat abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.”

Other significant advances for Arkansas patients and physicians supported by AMS include establishing a statewide trauma system, passage of the Clean Indoor Air Act, graduated drivers’ license and restrictions on cell phone use while driving, funding tobacco prevention and cessation programs, funding cancer research, providing vision screening in schools, requiring health care facilities to provide emergency care to sexual assault victims, providing research funding and insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening, and protecting an Arkansan’s right to choose their physician.


Name City
Brandon Thurow, MD Conway
Wilson Javier Cruz Leal, MD Greenwood
Nathan Allen Voise, DO Hot Springs
Justin Keith Walden, MD Hot Springs
Ahmed Salah Ahmed, MD Jonesboro
Samuel Selasie Mortoti, MD Jonesboro
Janice W. Brooks, MD Little Rock
Ryan Edwin Hall, MD Little Rock
Ali Safdar Khan, MD Little Rock
Brian A. Baltz, MD Monette
Walter M. Short, MD Paragould
David Wayne Kelley, DO Pine Bluff
Nancy L. Griffin, MD Texarkana, TX


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