As the new leader of Arkansas’ only medical school, Pope L. Moseley, M.D., is ready to tackle the opportunities that lie ahead.
From working with clinical leaders to ensure efficient, patient-centered care to addressing physician workforce shortages, Moseley has taken on some of health care’s most challenging issues during his first year as dean of the
“This is an exciting place to be right now,” Moseley said. “The leaders at UAMS are transforming the way health care is provided for Arkansans, and the College of Medicine plays an essential role in that process.”
A fellowship-trained specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine, Moseley arrived at UAMS in July 2015 from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. His multiple roles there included serving as distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and associate dean of research.
UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., was drawn to Moseley’s diverse skills and commitment to the core principles of an academic health center.
“The integration of education, research and clinical care is what makes an academic health center elite. Dr. Moseley’s expertise in each of these areas will help us advance the College of Medicine’s mission both in Arkansas and nationally,” Rahn said.
It’s his commitment to those three areas that drove Moseley to pursue an administrative role.
“Academic health centers need leaders who are champions of education and research. Not only are we providing the highest quality patient care, we also are a community of scholars engaged in creating new knowledge and training the next generation of health care providers,” Moseley said. “At our core, we will always be scholars, teachers and investigators.”
As UAMS continues to advance to a service line model for patient care, Moseley is working closely with campus leaders to make sure education and research remain top priorities and benefit from the enhancements to the clinical side.
“Dr. Moseley is a great partner with tremendous energy,” said UAMS Medical Center CEO Roxane Townsend, M.D. “Not only is he ensuring we hire and retain the highest caliber medical providers for our patients and their families, he also is dedicated to improving the quality of our training and research programs.”
A significant step forward in this endeavor began shortly after Moseley’s arrival with the recruitment of an internationally known imaging informatics expert to chair a new department at UAMS dedicated to one of Moseley’s primary research interests — biomedical informatics.
The practice of informatics is concerned with analyzing large data sets in an attempt to find relevant patterns. Biomedical informatics specifically examines medical data from thousands or even millions of people to find patterns of disease, which, when combined with an individual’s genetic information, can lead to advances in personalized medicine.
Moseley’s expertise in biomedical informatics is widely recognized through his work in developing networks of linked diseases across the entire population of Denmark, one of the largest countries with a national health registry. Published in the academic journal Nature Communications, the study examined medical data from 6.2 million Danes compiled over the course of 15 years.
Moseley said he’s looking forward to building on the strength of biomedical informatics that has already begun at UAMS.
“We’ve already shown a track record of innovation by looking at problems differently, specifically in the groundbreaking research conducted at the UAMS Myeloma Institute,” he said.
During its 26-year history, the institute has used patient data to determine subsets of multiple myeloma and develop treatments based on each patient’s genetic profile and risk factors, taking the disease from untreatable to highly treatable.
“We have one of the few departments of biomedical informatics in the country. By creating this department at UAMS, we have taken a leap forward in recognizing this specialty as a vital research tool,” Moseley said.
Looking ahead, Moseley welcomes the chance to work closely with faculty and staff from other UAMS colleges as they continue improving the quality of care for patients.
“It’s efficient, cost effective and patient-centered when doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals understand the value of each other’s role and work cohesively for the good of the patient,” he said.
He also plans to develop a thoughtful approach to increasing the physician workforce in Arkansas, which ranks 48th in the country per 1,000 citizens. Excellent training programs and support for medical students will ensure they are prepared to enter highly competitive residency slots for further training, he said, adding that the vast majority of Arkansas doctors earned their medical degree at UAMS.
“UAMS is the state’s medical center. Arkansans shouldn’t have to leave the state for care. You can receive excellent medical care right here at home,” he said.