Robert M Cowherd, MD

Family Practice


  • University of Arkansas AHEC Pine Bluff. 07/2000-05/2003. Family Practice Resident
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. 09/1994-05/2000. Graduated with honors in research.
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School, Department of Physiology and Biophysics. 09/1994-05/2000. First student at UAMS to graduate the combined MD/PhD program in just six years.
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 09/1989-05/1993. Major in Biology. Minor in Chemistry. Member of Donaghey Scholars Program. Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
  • Bryant High School. 09/1986-05/1989


  • Best Physician in Cleburne County. 2005 Best of the Best awards
  • Resident Teacher of the year award. (2003)
  • Student Trainee Travel Award for the annual meeting of the Southern Society of Pediatric Research in New Orleans, LA (2/7-9/98)
  • Received full tuition scholarship to participate in the MD/PhD program at UAMS (1993)
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Emergency Medicine Interest Group
  • Family Practice Interest Group
  • Southern Medical Association
  • Received the Dwight Moore award from the Arkansas Academy of Sciences for outstanding undergraduate research in the biological sciences (1994)
  • Received the Pauline Hoetzle Award for outstanding freshman at UALR (1990)

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Currently participate in the Practice Partner Research Network. This is a collaborative research network of 100 physician clinics nationwide that utilize Practice Partner as their electronic medical record. (2003-present)
  • Presenter at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in New Orleans, LA (June 1998)
  • Presenter at the annual meeting of the Southern Society of Pediatric Research in New Orleans, LA (2/7-9/98)
  • Presenter at Student Research Week at UAMS (1998)
  • Instructor for the 3 day Partners in Health Science Education Cell & Molecular Biology Laboratory Course offered at UAMS to high school Advanced Biology teachers (94-97)

Employment and/or Research Experience During Undergraduate/Graduate Years:

  • Student in the MD/PhD program conducting research in the area of fat development under the guidance of Dr. Robert McGehee in the Physiology and Neonatology Departments at UAMS and Children’s Hospital (96-98)
  • Research Assistant to Dr. McGehee in the year deferred entrance to medical school awaiting my wife’s acceptance to medical school (1994)
  • Lab coordinator for Microbiology and Cell Biology course for advanced placement biology teachers in Arkansas high schools (95-98)


  • McGehee RE Jr, Ronis MJ, Cowherd RM, Ingelman-Sundberg M, Badger TM. 1994 Characterization of cytochrome P450 2E1 induction in a rat hepatoma FGC-4 cell model by ethanol. Biochem Parmacol. Nov 1;48(9):1823-33.
  • Cowherd, RM., Lyle, RE., Miller, CP. And McGehee Jr., RE. 1997. Developmental profile of homebox gene expression during 3T3-L1 adipogenesis. Biochem. And Biophys. Res. Comm. 237:470-475.
  • Cowherd, RM., Lyle, RE., Miller, CP. And McGehee Jr., RE> 1999. Molecular regulation of adipocyte differentiation. Sem. Cell Devel. Biol. 10:3-10.


  • Abstract submitted to the American College of Physicians Medical Student Member Competition (1997)
  • Abstract submitted to the Society of Pediatric Research annual meeting in Seattle, WA (1994)

Community/Volunteer Service and Involvement:

  • Chairman of the childcare committee for Little Ones Childcare-Daycare run by Heber Springs Baptist Church
  • Weekly volunteer at the Westside Free Medical Clinic in Little Rock (3 to 4 hours/week) (96-98)
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital Patient/Family Representative Volunteer (2 hours/week) (95-96)
  • Arkansas Camp for Youth and Diabetes (summer 1995)
  • FATE (95-96)
  • College of Medicine Phonathon (1996)
  • Freshman Volunteer for Mini-Medical School IV (1995)
  • Freshman Medical Student Orientation Program (1995)
  • M1 and M2 Letters to Santa Campaigns (94 & 95)
  • Freshman Family Day Tour Guide (1994)


  • Family Practice. Special interest in diabetes, obesity, pediatrics, geriatrics and preventative medicine.

Job Experience:

  • Co-owner of Cowherd Family Medical Center, PA – Heber Springs, AR 07/2003-present
  • Active medical staff of Baptist Medical Center – Heber Springs – care for patients on a daily basis. 07/2003-present
  • Family Practice Residency at AHEC – Pine Bluff, AR 07/2000-05/2003
  • Westside Free Medical Clinic – Little Rock, AR 09/1996-05/1999
  • Rison Clinic – Rison, AR 01-12/2002
  • Altheimer Clinic – Altheimer, AR 01-12/2002