Rohit Dhall Named Next Chair of UAMS Neurology Department

Rohit Dhall Named Next Chair of UAMS Neurology Department
Dr. Rohit Dhall, chair of the Department of Neurology in the UAMS College of Medicine (UAMS)

UAMS has named Dr. Rohit Dhall the next chair of the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine.

The move takes effect July 1. Dhall succeeds Dr. Robert “Lee” Archer, who announced last year his plans to step down from the role to focus more on his patients at the UAMS Health Neurology Clinic.

Dhall joined UAMS in 2016 and has served as professor, vice chair for clinical research and director of neurodegenerative disorders in the Department of Neurology since 2021. He has directed the Cure PSP Center of Care at UAMS since 2017, and since 2021, Dhall has co-directed the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence with Dr. Tuhin Virmani.

He also directs the Parkinson’s Foundation Comprehensive Care Center, which obtained designation from the Parkinson’s Foundation Global Care Network under his leadership in 2022.

“Dr. Dhall brings extensive leadership experience to his new role as well as a deep commitment to ensuring exceptional neurological care for Arkansans today and in the years ahead through research, education and clinical innovation,” Dr. G. Richard Smith, interim dean of the College of Medicine and UAMS executive vice chancellor, said in a news release.

In addition to his leadership roles in neurology, Dhall has served as medical director of the Clinical Trials Innovation Unit, part of the UAMS Translational Research Institute, since 2019. 

Dhall was recruited to UAMS from the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, California, where he served as director of clinical studies and director of the institute’s Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. 

“I step into this role with immense gratitude and humility and clear knowledge of the tremendous potential and unwavering dedication of each member of our department,” Dhall said in the release. “It is my privilege to help execute our team’s shared vision: of serving the neurological needs of Arkansans, finding better treatments for neurological illnesses and building our state’s neurology workforce.”

Dhall received his medical degree at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He earned his master's in epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. Dhall completed residency training in neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.