UAMS neurosurgeon Ossama al-Mefty, who quit the chairmanship of his department at UAMS a couple of weeks ago ostensibly to spend more time writing, has quit UAMS altogether. He gave notice he'll be leaving Oct. 9, spokesperson Leslie Taylor confirmed.
Al-Mefty and his colleague Ali Krisht, who also announced recently he would resign Oct. 1 from UAMS, were among the hospital's most celebrated surgeons. Al-Mefty has several offers of work elsewhere, Taylor said.
UAMS is recruiting both at home and outside Arkansas, Taylor said, and has received one commitment, though she declined to say whether that doctor was from Arkansas or out of state. There has been some speculation that Richard Boop, a Memphis neurosurgeon who is an Arkansas native, may be someone the hospital is seeking to recruit.
UAMS still has four neurosurgeons on staff, including Gazi Yasargil, who was named Neurosurgeon of the Century by the Journal of Neurosurgery in 1999. He is 84.