FAYETTEVILLE — Dr. John Spollen will be the University of Arkansas College of Medicine’s next regional associate dean for medical sciences, the school announced Monday.
Spollen, 53, a professor and vice chair for education in the medical school’s department of psychiatry, will succeed Linda Worley, professor of psychiatry, in the Jan. 1 role. He joined the faculty of UAMS in 1999.
Worley will become director of welfare at the college. She has been Vice-Regional Dean since 2018.
Fayetteville Medical School has 62 students. He recently launched a three-year accelerated medical program.
Spollen has received several awards for his work with students over the years, UAMS said in a press release.
“I am thrilled with this leadership opportunity,” he said. “Since my residency, it has been my dream to have a career in the education of medical students. I was responsible for developing the initial curriculum for the campus in 2008, and it’s been amazing to see the growth of the program over the years. “
Susan Smyth, UAMS executive vice chancellor and dean of the College of Medicine, said Spollen was a “huge asset” as acting chair of the department of psychiatry from June 2021 through February.
Amy Wenger, vice chancellor of UAMS’ Northwestern Regional Campus, said she worked with Spollen at UAMS’ Institute for Psychiatry Research.
“Dr. Spollen’s expertise and leadership will be invaluable as we work to educate more medical students in the Northwest Arkansas region,” she said.
Spollen first studied at Auburn University, aiming to become an engineer, then moved on to premedicine at Birmingham-Southern College, eventually earning his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, according to UAMS. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and joined the faculty of UAMS in 1999. He has held the rank of professor since 2014.
He also worked at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
The UAMS Northwest Arkansas regional campus has 288 medical, pharmacy, nursing, and health professions students and nine clinics.
Spollen’s annual salary will be $325,000, according to a UAMS spokesperson.