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The Reynolds Institute on Aging, the magnificent structure which houses the free-standing department, was dedicated on September 28, 2000, and was made possible through a generous gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
In its first decade, the Reynolds Department of Geriatrics grew into one of the most influential programs on the UAMS campus and one of the most recognized geriatric centers in the nation. The Reynolds Department of Geriatrics is the only academic program at UAMS ranked in the Top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, an honor it received for six consecutive years. In the 2010 edition of U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools, the Reynolds Department of Geriatrics at UAMS was ranked 11th in the nation in graduate education programs for the Medical Schools – Geriatrics category.
Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., a geriatrician and chairman of the Reynolds Department of Geriatrics, said, “This ranking is a terrific vote of confidence in our relatively young program. The department was established in 1997 and has gained a positive reputation very quickly. We believe the department is a model for the nation. Arkansas is unique in using a portion of its tobacco settlement to establish centers on aging throughout the state.”
The department has developed a robust and successful clinical program that not only provides superb patient care, but also serves as an ideal laboratory for education and clinical research. We are now one of the largest clinical programs on campus, receive high marks in customer satisfaction, and have very low staff turnover. Growth in patient numbers has been exceptional.