Message from the Director


Dr. Westfall

Christopher T Westfall, M.D., FACS, Pat Walker Professor and Chair Department of Ophthalmology Director, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

2017 has been an exciting and productive year for the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute (JEI).

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Christopher Lee, specializing in glaucoma treatment, will be joining the faculty this fall. We would like to also welcome our newest ophthalmology residents John Chancellor, M.D., Kyle Kirkland, D.O. and Riley Sanders, M.D. They are outstanding additions to our eye care team.

Dr. Ahmed Sallam and Dr. David Warner have been promoted to Associate Professor and we congratulate them on this significant academic achievement. This promotion represents dedication, hard work and superb performance in patient care, education and scholarly activity – the three tenets of a career in academic medicine.

This year, Ms. Suzanne Hansen, stepped down as Chair of Ophthalmic Medical Technology program after serving exceptionally as Chair for the past 7 years. Ms. Hansen graduated from our program in 2003 and has helped us to grow into the premier Ophthalmic Medical Technology program nationwide.  She continues to support our program from her family’s new home in Dallas, Tx.

It is a pleasure to welcome Ms. Alicia Baird, CO, COMT, as she assumes the responsibility as Chair of Ophthalmic Medical Technology program. Ms. Baird graduated from our program in 2010 and went on to complete an advanced degree in orthoptics before her return to Arkansas and to UAMS.

Under Ms. Baird’s direction, our Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program graduated its 15th class this year.  We are extremely proud of our two most recent graduates; Mr. Kenneth Croon, Jr. and Ms. Brayden Crump as they begin their careers caring for patients with diseases of the eye.

Excellence in patient care is a hallmark of the Jones Eye Institute and this in turn translates to excellence in education and research. In 2017, we achieved more clinic visits than ever before, with superb patient satisfaction ratings.  Individual physician ratings continue to soar and may be found on the UAMS Find-a-Doc website.

It has been a wonderful year for all of us at JEI. With your support, we look forward to continued success as we pursue excellence in research, education and patient care.