The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has invested Ahmed A. Sallam, M.D., Ph.D., with the John W. Nutt Chair in Ophthalmology.
Sallam is an eye inflammation and retinal specialist at UAMS’ Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute. He serves as director of the uveitis service and of the ophthalmology residency program, in addition to being an associate professor of ophthalmology.
“Dr. Sallam is an incredible physician, researcher and teacher, and we are very grateful to have him on our world-class team here at the Jones Eye Institute,” Paul Phillips, M.D., chair of the Ophthalmology Department and director of the UAMS Jones Eye Institute (JEI), said in a statement. “He is certainly deserving of this honor, and his work in all three mission areas of our institution is a great benefit to our patients, students and colleagues, both now and into the future.”
Established in 2012, the John W. Nutt Chair in Ophthalmology is designed to “benefit research, education and patient care,” according to a UAMS news release. Endowed chairs at UAMS have been established with gifts of $1 million or more to support the chair holder’s research and other activities.
The chair was established by a gift from John W. Nutt, the late president of the J.W. Nutt Company, a commodities brokerage firm, who suffered from glaucoma and was a support of UAMS and its Department of Ophthalmology.
Sallam has completed two fellowships in ocular inflammation (uveitis) and retina at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital as well as a fellowship in viteoretinal surgery in the United Kingdom. He is board certified in ophthalmology from the U.K. Royal College of Othalmologists and is a fellow of the organization.