Barnes Inaugurated as 2022-2023 AMS President

Hot Springs internist Seth Barnes, MD, has been named president of the Arkansas Medical Society (AMS) effective May 6, 2022, and will lead the physician advocacy group over the next year. 

A Fordyce native, Dr. Barnes attended undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas Monticello, earned his medical degree at UAMS, and completed residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Beginning his career in private practice at Batesville’s White River Diagnostic Clinic, he also served as chief of staff at White River Medical Center during his 19-year tenure. Dr. Barnes also served as executive medical director for Future Fuel Chemical Company Batesville from 2002 to 2018.

Today, Dr. Barnes lives in Hot Springs, where he is employed by the St. Vincent Medical Group as an internist and serves on multiple committees. In addition to his involvement with the Society since 1999, he is a fellow with the American College of Physicians.

When determining his agenda for the upcoming year, Dr. Barnes wants to continue the work that so many past AMS presidents have done over the years, encouraging all physicians to become actively involved in the Society and fight harmful legislation.

“I love the work that AMS does to protect the profession from outside influences and adverse legislation. It’s so much fun to get together and share experiences, and it’s reassuring to be in a group whose mission is to help the profession along. I encourage folks to join because that’s where our strength comes from,” he said.

Also at the May 6 event, newly elected district trustees were sworn in for their 2022-2024 terms, including President-Elect Anthony Johnson, MD (Little Rock);  District Trustees Courtney Sick, MD (Conway), Candance Franks, MD (Forrest City), Jerakaycia Smith, MD (Camden), David Dobies, MD (Hot Springs), Lyle Burdine, MD (Little Rock), and UAMS Medical Student Trustee John Hunton (Little Rock). These physicians will join the other physician leaders in the Society’s mission of empowering physicians and improving medicine for all Arkansans.

Stay tuned to the upcoming Summer edition of the Journal for more photos from the May 6 Board of Trustees meeting and President’s Dinner.