Dr. Susan Smyth, dean at U of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, dies at 57

Susan Smyth, MD, dean of the College of Medicine at Little Rock-based University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and renowned cardiologist, died of cancer Dec. 31 at the age of 57, Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.

Dr. Smyth, whose research focused on arterial and venous thrombosis, became dean and executive vice chancellor at UAMS 19 months ago. She contributed more than 200 publications and a dozen textbooks to the field, according to a statement from UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, MD.

Dr. Patterson credited Dr. Smyth as a trailblazer for women in academic medicine. The Wednesday before her death, Dr. Smyth was reportedly "working full-speed."

Dr. Smyth is survived by her husband and two sons.

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