G. Richard Smith Settling In as Dean of UAMS' College of Medicine, Vice Chancellor

G. Richard Smith was named dean of the College of Medicine and vice chancellor by Chancellor Dan Rahn. He officially assumed his duties May 1, succeeding Debra H. Fiser, who has been the College of Medicine dean and vice chancellor of UAMS since September 2006. Fiser will soon return to practicing full-time care in the hospital’s department of pediatrics, where she served as professor and chair for many years. As dean, Smith will oversee all aspects of the College of Medicine, the largest college at UAMS with 30 departments, 680 students and more than 1,100 faculty members.

A Jonesboro native, Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical biology from Rhodes College in Memphis. He later relocated to Little Rock and served as an intern and resident at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Upon completing a fellowship in psychiatry and internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., he returned to UAMS in 1981 and was named chair of the department of psychiatry in 2001. He also serves as the founding director of the Psychiatric Research Institute, which opened in December 2008 to provide research, clinical care and education to more than 40 patients.

Smith was the director of the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute and served as chair of the department of psychiatry in the UAMS College of Medicine. He has developed several programs at the hospital, including the Division for Health Services Research, a nationally recognized group devoted to mental health and substance abuse research. He also is the founding director of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.