Meet this week’s #WomanCrushWednesday, Dr. Ronda S. Henry-Tillman, MD, FACS, a fellowship-trained Breast Surgical Oncologist who currently serves as the division chief of Breast Surgical Oncology in the College of Medicine surgical department at UAMS!
“Continuously remember to stay focused and believe in you. During your journey, you will face stumbling blocks, set-backs, and challenges but always remember to stand tall and never waiver.”
Name: Ronda S. Henry-Tillman, MD, FACS
Specialty: Breast Surgical Oncology
Undergraduate education: San Diego State University
Graduate education: University of California Irvine School of Medicine
Medical school: University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Residency: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Fellowship: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Hometown: Blytheville, AR
Tell us about yourself?
I currently serve as the division chief of Breast Surgical Oncology in the College of Medicine Department of Surgery at UAMS and Muriel Balsam Kohn Chair in Breast Surgical Oncology. I became a member of the UAMS faculty in 1998 and hold the position of professor in the Department of Surgery and co-leader of the Breast Tumor Disease Oriented Committee in the UAMS Cancer Institute. Previously, I held the position of director for the UAMS Cancer Control program and was instrumental in the development of the university’s mobile mammography program. As a board certified surgeon, I have a passion for research and have focused my efforts on colorectal and breast cancer disparities in underserved populations. In 2016, I was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission and was elected to chairman in 2017. I am member of the Breast Cancer Control Advisory Board as well as the Pulaski County health officer for the Arkansas State Board of Health. I hold a number of national memberships and I am engaged in a host of professional activities.
What are some fun facts about you?
I am an avid tennis player as well as an enthusiastic fan.
What do you love about surgery? Your field?
What I love most about surgery is the ability to provide direct patient care as well as the dedicated focus required of me in the OR.
I am continuously elated at the ever changing innovations and the progression made in my field.
Did you have a career before medical school?
I worked for a number of years as a clerk for a major grocery store chain before deciding to change my focus to the medical profession.
What brought you to LR?
Acceptance into the residency program as well as family brought me to Little Rock.
What do you like to do when you’re not at the hospital?
I truly enjoy spending time with my family, cheering my children on during their sporting events, and attending church service.
Do you have some WISE words for women who want to become surgeons?
Continuously remember to stay focused and believe in you. During your journey, you will face stumbling blocks, set-backs, and challenges but always remember to stand tall and never waiver.