Today my medical school classmate was honored with a "chair"--The Investiture of Robert Leroy "Lee" Archer, MD, the inaugural recipient of the Major and Ruth Nodini Chair in Neurology. Lee (Dr. Archer) is an associate professor in neurology at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He was honored with the endowed chair funded by friends, family and patients who want to remain anonymous. He chose the name (the Major and Ruth Nodini Endowed Chair in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Autoimmune Diseases) – to honor the longtime, highly respected El Dorado residents and relatives of his wife, Nancy.
- Lee was born in El Dorado, AR in 1956. He attended El Dorado Public Schools. He went to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on a track scholarship, graduating in 1978 with a BS degree in Natural Sciences. He married Nancy (Huskey) in 1977. He graduated from the UAMS College of Medicine in 1982 (class president), followed by an internship and Neurology Residency at UAMS. He immediately joined the faculty and next year will celebrate 30 years of being on the UAMS campus. He achieved the rank of Associate Professor in 1992. He has received numerous teaching awards from students and humanitarian awards from both students and colleagues. He currently serves as chairman of the University Hospital Ethics Committee.
- He serves the community by organizing international medical mission trips to Honduras through his church, Trinity Presbyterian. He currently serves on the Boards of ARORA, the Pulaski County Medical Exchange, the Pulaski County Medical Society, and the Arkansas Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Association. He is the immediate past president of the Pulaski County Medical Society and has served on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Medical Society.
- He developed an interest in multiple sclerosis early in his career after a visit from local representatives of the National M.S. Society. It has continued to be the primary focus of his clinical practice. He approached family and friends, who wish to remain anonymous, with the desire to fund an endowed chair for multiple sclerosis, to further the level of care and research at UAMS. He asked permission to name the chair after Major and Ruth Nodini, who had provided lifelong support and advice to Nancy and to him for over 30 years. Today we (family, friends, teachers, coaches, mentors, nurse, and M.S. advocates) honored him.