Ronda Henry-Tillman


After completing my surgical residency and fellowship in diseases of the breast, I was recruited to the surgical faculty team at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). My dedication to clinical, education, leadership and research excellence led to promotion from assistant to professor with tenure. I currently lead with passion in the department of surgery, as professor, executive vice chair, director of health initiatives and disparities research, division chief of breast surgical oncology and hold the Muriel Balsam Kohn Chair in breast surgical oncology.

As an advocate, I serve the community with zeal and optimism. As a business leader, I find joy in co-owning a consignment boutique with my sister Beverly Young, The Closets on Chenal, that caters to women and men high-end apparel. Spiritually, I find solace in my faith in God. I’m also an active member of Faithful Temple Church, in Little Rock, under the leadership of Pastor Ronald Young.


Biggest challenges in my career

Balancing service and career commitments equally.

My first job and what it taught me

My first job was chopping cotton in Blytheville, Arkansas. That experience taught me the importance of hard work, resilience, and created an intensity to want more and dream big.

Nonprofits i wish more people knew about

Friends of Africa is a cancer training program designed to build workforce capacity for early detection and treatment globally. Westwind School for the Performing Arts in Maumelle provides an equitable and engaging educational experience enhanced by the arts. The Little Rock Chapter of the Links, Inc., is a local chapter of a national organization of women whose primary purpose is to promote and engage in educational, civic and intercultural activities in order to enrich the lives of members and community.




I can't start my day until

I pray


Exercise and shopping

Binge watch

HLN and Netflix

Last good read

“How Good Do You Want to Be” by Nick Saban

Favorite meal in town

Chilean sea bass with cream style corn at Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse

Best recent local discovery

The Venue at Westwind Event Center at 7318 Windsong Drive in Maumelle

Latest splurge

Gold wedding band

Most-used app


Dream vacation

To attend the Australian Open in Melbourne Park with my husband Robert and two children Savannah and Anders