LITTLE ROCK -- The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recently named Dr. Michelle W. Krause senior vice chancellor for UAMS Health and chief executive officer for UAMS Medical Center, and Dr. Ahmed Abuabdou chief clinical officer for UAMS Medical Center.
Both have served in those roles on an interim basis since September 2022.
"Dr. Krause has been at UAMS for more than 20 years and led both our COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts and helped lead the implementation of our operational surge plans for caring for additional hospitalized COVID patients," UAMS Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson said in a news release.
"Her clinical expertise, administrative experience and institutional knowledge make her the ideal leader for our statewide health system. She is well versed on the health care needs across Arkansas.
"We are fortunate to have two established leaders from within UAMS to step into these roles," he said.
Krause is responsible for UAMS Health's 535-bed hospital, outpatient clinics in central Arkansas, digital health services and clinics at eight regional campuses across the state.
Krause joined UAMS in 2002 and served in several administrative roles including ambulatory medical director and vice chair for Clinical Programs of the Department of Internal Medicine before being named director of the Integrated Medicine Service Line in 2015. In April 2022, she was named chief clinical officer and served in this capacity before taking on her current role, the release said.
As chief clinical officer, Abuabdou will facilitate medical staff interactions with UAMS Health leadership and among service lines "to ensure effective and efficient care delivery. He also has executive operational oversight of the clinical service lines and chairs the Clinical Leadership Council," the release said.
"Dr. Abuabdou has served in this new role on an interim basis for the past four months and has strong relationships with staff at all levels that help ensure we provide excellent patient care to all patients at all times," Krause said. "As a trusted member of the UAMS Health leadership team, he will play an essential role in navigating our clinical operations through the opportunities ahead."
Abuabdou joined UAMS in 2012. He is an associate professor of medicine at UAMS and previously served as associate chief medical officer. He also leads the UAMS Physician Advisor Group. Nationally, Abuabdou serves as the vice president of operations for the American College of Physician Advisors.