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Jackson, Sanford of UAMS Take New Roles (Movers & Shakers)

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Dr. Jaleesa A. Jackson and Dr. Joseph Sanford of UAMS ( Composite photo)

Dr. Jaleesa A. Jackson has joined the UAMS Health Clinic in Little Rock. Jackson specializes in helping cancer patients manage severe pain through the use of fluoroscopic injections, nerve blocks and medical management. Jackson attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Dr. Joseph Sanford has been appointed director of the Institute for Digital Health & Innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Sanford had been serving as interim director of the institute since August, succeeding Dr. Curtis Lowery, the founding director. Sanford received his medical degree from UAMS and completed his anesthesiology residency there as well.

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Alan Tackett of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute ()

Alan Tackett has been named deputy director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS in Little Rock. He previously served as associate director of basic research at the Cancer Institute.

Tackett has conducted research on the use of cutting-edge systems approaches to identify biomarkers and novel pathways of resistance to cancer therapies. Tackett is also a professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the College of Medicine at UAMS.

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Arkansas Tech alumni Howard Ritchie, Travis Beard and Adena White ()

Howard Ritchie, Travis Beard and Adena White will be inducted into the Hall of Distinction at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

Ritchie will be inducted in the distinguished alumni service category. He served on the Arkansas Alumni Association board of directors. Ritchie graduated from ATU in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in music.

Beard will be inducted as a distinguished alumnus. Beard graduated from ATU in 1970 and taught in the Russellville School District for 35 years. While Beard was band director, the Russellville High School marching band appeared in inaugural parades for President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton.

White will be inducted as a distinguished young alumna. She graduated from ATU in 2007 with a degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and speech communications. White founded Blackbelt Media LLC and serves as its chief storyteller.

See more of this week’s Movers & Shakers, and submit your own announcement at ArkansasBusiness.com/Movers.

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