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Dr. William Brooks Gentry, M.D., Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Professor in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, chair of UAMS Committee on Clinical Research from 2009-2013, and vice-chair for research since 2002.

Dr. Gentry has special clinical interests in ambulatory and trauma anesthesiology but practices in all specialties except for liver transplant, cardiac and pediatric anesthesiology. He has also been active in teaching and advising medical students, residents and graduate students throughout his career. He has received 10 student-selected Red Sash awards for teaching.

Since 1998, Dr. Gentry has partnered with Pharmacology colleague Mike Owens, Ph.D., on widely recognized, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded research into the development of therapies for drug addiction. Dr. Gentry is currently Principal Investigator on the first human studies of a chimeric anti-methamphetamine monoclonal antibody medication. Dr. Gentry’s and Dr. Owens’ work also led to the formation of InterveXion Therapeutics LLC, a UAMS BioVentures company working to develop monoclonal antibody and vaccine medications, with Dr. Gentry serving as Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Gentry currently serves as an Oral Examiner and Oral Exam Editor for the American Board of Anesthesiology and previously served as Medical Editor for the American Society of Anesthesiologists Self-Education and Evaluation program, a major national continuing medical education program. He has been a reviewer for several publications including the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. He has authored or co-authored nearly 50 scientific papers and two book chapters.

Dr. Gentry received a B.A. with distinction in biology from Hendrix College in Conway in 1984 and his medical degree from UAMS in 1988. He trained in anesthesiology at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he also served as Chief Resident and completed a fellowship in clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics before joining the UAMS faculty in 1994.