Dr. Suen and Dr. Richter

Dr. James Suen

4301 West Markham Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Dr. James Y. Suen is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at UAMS.


Dr. Suen received his medical degree from UAMS in 1966. He completed residencies in general surgery and otolaryngology at San Francisco General Hospital and UAMS. A Captain in the United States Air Force, he completed a fellowship in Otolaryngic Pathology at the Armed Forces' Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C., and was an advanced senior fellow in head and neck surgery at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Suen is a fellow in the American Academy of Otolaryngologists and the American Head and Neck Society of which he is past president.


His primary surgical interests include head and neck cancer, congenital vascular lesions of the head and neck, and diseases of the larynx. He sees teens and adults with AVMs from all over the world.


He is the author and editor of six medical textbooks, including Cancer of the Head and Neck, which is used worldwide by medical schools. In 1995, he was selected by Good Housekeeping as one of the top 400 cancer specialists in the United States and, since that time, he has been listed in all editions as one of the Best Doctors in America.


Dr. Gresham T. Richter


13 Children's Way • Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-3591
Research Institute (501) 364-7373 Main Hospital (501) 364-1100


Prior to joining ACHRI in 2008, Dr. Richter completed complete a 2-year fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where he learned complex pediatric airway management and reconstruction, general pediatric otolaryngology, vascular anomalies, and pediatric otology. Dr. Richter completed his residency training in otolaryngology at UAMS in 2006. Dr. Richter has multiple research interests, including 1) pathophysiology and management of laryngomalacia; 2) airway remodeling and mucosal wound healing; 3) pathogenesis and prevention of subglottic stenosis; 4) identifying genetic and molecular determinants of vascular anomalies; 5) exploring potential molecular pharmacotherapeutic targets for vascular anomalies; and 6) role of chemotherapy in management of vascular malformations and problematic hemangiomas.


Recently Dr. Richter has acquired and established laboratory space at ACHRI to conduct research. Laboratory equipment and maintenance has been supported by a prior foundation dedicated to the investigation of vascular anomalies. He is now poised to begin the first step in translating potential therapies from bench to bedside for hemangiomas and vascular malformations. These activities include developing animal models for preliminary investigation and evaluation of potential therapies and establishing structure in their application. As a head and neck surgeon with the Vascular Anomalies Center at UAMS and ACH, Dr. Richter is collaborating with the group’s physicians and ancillary staff to discover cures for simple, problematic, and aggressive vascular anomalies. He will conduct similar work identifying new approaches to treating subglottic stenosis.