Stuttgart Family Physician Dennis Yelvington, MD, began his year as President of the Arkansas Medical Society on April 26, 2019. Dr. Yelvington has been a member of the AMS for 34 years and has held numerous offices, including a seat on the Board of Trustees since 2007 representing the physicians and citizens of Arkansas, Cross, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis and Woodruff counties..
During his oath of office, Dr. Yelvington pledged to help the Arkansas Medical Society to shine a bright light on the way forward for physicians. “We have become a society of advocacy for medicine and the patients we serve. We have too many over-burdensome rules and regulations put forth by state and federal laws and bureaucracy. Under the direction of the Arkansas Medical Society, we will work hard to convey our concerns to the insurance carriers, health networks, legislature and governor so that Arkansas physicians will always have a seat at the table.”
Dr. Yelvington graduated from Clarendon High School, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and has a Masters degree from UAMS in physiology and biophysics. He graduated from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine in 1982 and did his residency at the Area Health Education Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
He has served as chief of staff of his local hospital, and has also served on its board of directors. He was vice chairman of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and serves on the underwriting committee of the State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company. He has been president of the Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians and currently is a delegate to the national Academy. Dr. Yelvington is a married Methodist with four daughters and one grandson. He enjoys gardening and duck hunting.