Dr. Lowry Barnes to Chair UAMS Orthopedic Surgery Department

Little Rock orthopedic surgeon C. Lowry Barnes has been named chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences effective Aug. 1.

Barnes, who will hold the Carl L. Nelson, M.D., Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, has been a UAMS professor for three years. He will continue seeing patients at Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics, which he helped found in 1998, and at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, where he was on the board of directors from 1997-2010, as well as at UAMS, according to an announcement from the teaching hospital.

Barnes "will lead an important and exciting transformation in how orthopaedics is practiced at UAMS and in Arkansas," according to a press release.

Barnes graduated with honors from the UAMS College of Medicine in 1986. He stayed at UAMS for his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery. Barnes completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery and Arthritis Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Since the death of Carl Nelson, in whose honor the department chair is endowed, Barnes is the only Arkansas member of the Knee Society.

Richard W. Nicholas Jr. served as chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery from 2006 to 2013, when he was named director of UAMS' new Center for Bone & Soft Tissue Tumors. Richard McCarthy, a professor who specializes in spine surgery, has served as interim chair for the last nine months.