UAMS Names Nirvana Manning Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology


UAMS Names Nirvana Manning Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology
Dr. Nirvana Manning (UAMS)

Dr. Nirvana Manning has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

She most recently served as director and medical director of women’s health services.

Manning led the Freeway Medical Women’s Clinic and the West Little Rock Women’s Clinic from 2011-15 and the University Women’s Clinic from 2012-15. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2013.

She began serving as medical director of women’s health services in 2015 and as director of women’s health services in 2017.

UAMS said Manning had held important roles in a number of recent advancements in women’s health there, including the newly opened UAMS Health Women’s Center at 6119 Midtown Ave.

The university said she was also instrumental in bringing the Mamava private lactation spaces to campus, implementing the nationally accredited CenteringPregnancy group prenatal program and achieving Center of Excellence status from the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and perinatology.

Manning was involved with launching the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation’s new FCC-funded program as well. The program will leverage digital health technology to treat patients for COVID-19 and share vital medical information with patients and health care providers across Arkansas.

She earned her undergraduate degree in economics and biology, graduating cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and graduated UAMS’ medical school in 2003. Manning remained at UAMS for her residency in obstetrics and gynecology.

In addition, she is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Arkansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee.