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Ryan Cork Named Vice Chancellor of UAMS Northwest Region

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Ryan Cork has been named the next vice chancellor for the UAMS Northwest Arkansas Region, UAMS announced Monday in a press release

Additionally, Eric Leemis, the current assistant vice chancellor of financial operations on the Northwest Regional Campus, has been named assistant vice chancellor of financial operations and administration for the region.

Cork’s first day is set for Sept. 1. In his new role, will lead UAMS activities in northwest Arkansas region, including academic and research programs, in collaboration with UAMS leadership. He will work closely with UAMS advisory board members and collaboratively with local hospitals, community organizations and other stakeholders in the region. He will also lead the development, growth and management of clinical and graduate medical education programs. 

Cork joins UAMS from the Northwest Arkansas Council in Bentonville, where he has served as the nonprofit’s executive director of health care transformation since 2021.

He formerly served as chief operating officer and institute administrator for international operations at Cleveland Clinic and as an administrator for the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital.

Additionally, Cork has served on active duty with the U.S. Navy since 1994, most recently with the Navy Reserves Medical Service Corps. 

He received a master’s in human services and health care administration from Capella University in Minneapolis in 2009. He also earned certificates in leadership and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University.

“The Northwest Arkansas Council is grateful to Ryan for his years of service to improve health care in Northwest Arkansas,” Nelson Peacock, Northwest Arkansas Council president and CEO, said in the release. “Through his leadership of the Council’s Health Care Transformation Division, Ryan made meaningful impact by achieving regionwide collaboration toward tackling important issues such as graduate medical education, expansion of clinical services and specialty care, and COVID-19.

“We wish him the best in his new role at UAMS and are confident that we will continue to work directly with Ryan and the UAMS team on critical health care issues.”

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