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Billy Thomas

TitleVice Chancellor for Diversity
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentPediatrics, College of Medicine
DivisionPeds Neonatology
AddressS5/18 Shorey
4301 W.Markham
Mail Slot # 512
Little Rock AR 72205
Phone501-296-1397
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    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    DepartmentCollege of Public Health


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    Dr. Billy Thomas is a Professor in the Pediatric Neonatology Department. He is also the Vice-Chancellor for the Diversity and Inclusion, University of Arkansas System.Some of the UAMS College of Medicine faculty members provides pediatric patient care at Arkansas Children's Hospital. In addition, a wide range of pediatric services are provided in more than 35 subspecialties around Arkansas in locations such as the Schmieding Developmental Center in Springdale and the James L. Dennis Developmental Center in Little Rock. To make an appointment at Arkansas Children's hospital, please call 501-364-4000.


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    1. Thomas B. Health and health care disparities: the effect of social and environmental factors on individual and population health. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Jul 21; 11(7):7492-507. PMID: 25050656; PMCID: PMC4113890.
    2. Thomas BR. Diversity Improvements through Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty:. 2012.
    3. Thomas BR. How Can We Ease the Social Isolation of Underrepresented Minority Students? Boateng, Beatrice A. and Thomas, Billy R. Academic Medicine 86 (10): 1190-1192. October, 2011. 2011.
    4. Thomas BR. The effect of Simulated Weightlessness and Ovarectomy on Vitamin D Homeostasis in the Adult Rat. Tenth Workshop on Vitamin D. 2009.
    5. Thomas BR. Underrepresented Minorities and the Health Professions Pipeline. Boateng, Beatrice A., Thomas, Billy R. Academic Medicine. 84(1):6-7, January 2009. 2009.
    6. Boateng BA, Thomas BR. Underrepresented minorities and the health professions pipeline. Acad Med. 2009 Jan; 84(1):6-7. PMID: 19116462.
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    7. Thomas BR. The Summer Science Discovery Program – Year 3. National Cancer Institute – Cancer Health Disparities Summit. 2009.
    8. Thomas BR. The Summer Science Discovery Program. National Cancer Institute – Cancer Summit. 2009.
    9. Thomas BR. Expression of rat renal 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 and 24-hydroxylase cytochrome P450 mRNA during development: Transcription and Translation. 17th annual Bone and Mineral Meeting. 2009.
    10. Thomas BR. Perception versus Reality- Cancer Screening in Primary Care Clinics. Cancer Health Disparities Summit. 2009.
    11. Thomas BR. Letter to: Underrepresented Minorities and the Health Professions Pipeline. Academic Medicine. 84(1):6-7, January 2009.. 2009. 2009.
    12. Thomas BR. NOT ANOTHER HEALTH FAIR!?! Collaborative Approaches to Cancer Control in Rural Populations. The Intercultural Cancer Council 9th Biennial Symposium. 2009.
    13. Thomas BR. The Effect of Simulated Weightlessness and Gender on Bone Density in the Adult Rat. 10th International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE ‘96). 2009.
    14. Thomas BR. Effect of Prenatal Steroids on Serum Vitamin D, and calcium in Neonatal Rats:. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. St. Louis MO, September, 2000. 2009.
    15. Thomas BR. The Effect of Simulated Weightlessness and Gender on Vitamin D Levels in the Adult Rat. Fourth annual Arkansas Space Grant Symposium. Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. Conway. 2009.
    16. Thomas BR. Needs and Resources for Developing a Targeted Approach to Mentoring for Under-represented Minorities (URM) in Professional Medical Careers. 114th AAMC Annual Meeting. 2009.
    17. Thomas BR. The Impact on Collaborative Partnerships and Events on Prostate Cancer Education and Screening in African-Americans. Presented at the American Public Health Association. 2009.
    18. Thomas BR. The effect of parathyroid hormone on renal 24-hydroxylase activity in the isolated perfused rat kidney. VII Vitamin D Workshop. 2009.
    19. Thomas BR. E. Strong, B. Bauknight, B.R. Thomas, “The Fueling the Academic Pipeline from Junior High School to Undergraduate School. Bureau of Health Professions Division of Health Professions Diversity. 2009.
    20. Thomas BR. The effect of simulated weightlessness and ovariectomy on bone mineral density in the adult rat. 19th Annual Meeting, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. 2009.
    21. Thomas BR. The Effect of Simulated Weightlessness and Gender on Bone Density in the Adult Rat. Fourth annual Arkansas Space Grant Symposium. Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. 2009.
    22. Thomas BR. Student Perspectives on Diversity and the Cultural Climate at a U.S. Medical School. Billy Thomas. Acad. Med. 2007; 82:184-192. Academic Medicine, April 2007. 2007.
    23. Thomas BR. Drugs, Sex and Second Chances. Group on Student Affairs/Minority Affairs Section (GSA/MAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). 10th Southern Regional Meetng,. 2007.
    24. Thomas BR. Letter to: Student Perspectives on Diversity and the Cultural Climate at a U.S. Medical School. Acad. Med. 2007; 82:184-192. Academic Medicine, April 2007.. 2007. 2007.
    25. Thomas BR. Lessons learned: Growing a racial and ethnic health care disparities task force from within the ranks of an academic medical center. American Public Health Assocaition 134th Annual Meeting and Exposition. 2006.
    26. Thomas BR. A unique partnership between the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and two community organizations. Group on Student Affairs/Minority Affairs Section (GSA/MAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Meetng. 2006.
    27. Rutledge W, Gibson R, Siegel E, Duke K, Jones R, Rucinski D, Nunn G, Torrence WA, Lewellen-Williams C, Stewart C, Blann K, Belleton L, Fincher L, Klimberg VS, Greene P, Thomas B, Erwin D, Henry-Tillman R. Arkansas Special Populations Access Network perception versus reality--cancer screening in primary care clinics. Cancer. 2006 Oct 15; 107(8 Suppl):2052-60. PMID: 16977601.
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    28. Henry-Tillman, Ronda, Rutledge, William, Gibson, Regina, Erwin, Debbie. Perception versus Reality- Cancer Screening in Primary Care Clinics. Supplement to Cancer. American Cancer Society. Supplement to Cancer. 2006; 2052-2061.
    29. Lewellen-Williams C, Johnson VA, Deloney LA, Thomas BR, Goyol A, Henry-Tillman R. The POD: a new model for mentoring underrepresented minority faculty. Acad Med. 2006 Mar; 81(3):275-9. PMID: 16501276.
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    30. Watson, Andre, Duke, Kelly, Gibson, Regina, Henry-Tillman, Ronda. The Summer Science Discovery Program – Year 3. . July 2004, Washington D.C. Cancer Health Disparities Summit - presentation booklet. 2004.
    31. Erwin DO, Henry-Tillman RS, Thomas BR. A qualitative study of the experiences of one group of African Americans in pursuit of a career in academic medicine. J Natl Med Assoc. 2002 Sep; 94(9):802-12. PMID: 12392044; PMCID: PMC2594162.
    32. Thomas BR. The effect of Simulated Weightlessness and Ovarectomy on Vitamin D Homeostasis in the Adult Rat. Proceedings of the Tenth Workshop on Vitamin D,. 2000; 11.
    33. Thomas BR. The effect of Simulated Weightlessness and Ovarectomy on Vitamin D Homeostasis in the Adult Rat. Proceedings of the Tenth Workshop on Vitamin D. 2000.
    34. Thomas BR. Neonatal hypocalcaemia as an unusual presentation in Familial Benign Hypercalcuria. Clinical Pediatrics. 1997; 84.
    35. Thomas BR. Symptomatic Hypocalcemia and Hypoparathyroidism in two infants of mothers with Hyperparathyroidism and Familial Benign Hypercalcemia. Search on Epilepsy. 1996; 3:13-15.
    36. Thomas BR. Primary Hyperparathyroidism and Pregnancy. J. Perinatology. 1996; 16(6):514-19.
    37. Thomas BR. Late-onset neonatal hypocalcaemia in two infants of mothers with hyperparathyroidism and familial benign hypercalcuria. J Perinatology. 1995; 15(25):23-26.
    38. Thomas BR. The effect of parathyroid hormone on renal 24-hydroxylase activity in the isolated perfused rat kidney. Vitamin D. Vitamin D. A Pluripotent Steroid Hormone:. 1994; 182-183.
    39. Thomas BR. 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 production in the isolated perfused rat kidney in response to changing perfusate phosphorus concentration and insulin-like growth factor. Journal of Nutritional Biochem. 1993; 4:158-161.
    40. Thomas BR. Aflatoxicosis alters avian renal function, calcium and vitamin D metabolism. J of Tox. 1991; 34:309-421.
    41. Thomas BR. Acute effect of phosphorus on 1-hydroxylase activity in the isolated perfused rat kidney. Gene Regulation. Gene regulation: Structure and Function. 1991; 285-288.
    42. Thomas BR. Cefotaxime/Desacetylcefotaxime pharmacokinetics in very low birth weight neonates. J. Pediatrics. 1989; 114:461-468.
    43. Thomas BR. Normal plasma 1,25(OH)2D3 in a breast fed premature infant with early hypophosphatemic rickets. Vitamin D Molecular and Cellular. 1988; 187-1888.
    44. Thomas BR. Acute changes in perfusate calcium and phosphorus do not affect 1-hydroxylase activity in the isolated perfused rat kidney. Vitamin D Molecular and Cellular. 1988; 913-914.
    45. Thomas BR. Isolation and Identification of 1,23-dihydroxy-24,25,26,27-tetranot vitamin D3. Biochem. 1986; 26:324-331.
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