David Stearns, M.D., FACS

Assistant Professor


Doyne Health Sciences Center 301

(501) 857-7872

Dr. Stearns graduated from Iowa State University for premed and received his Doctor of Medicine in 1966 from the University of Iowa. He completed a surgical internship at the Wilmington Medical Center in Wilmington, Delaware, prior to being drafted into the US Navy from 1967-1969. He served in an occupational medicine billet and achieved the rank of lieutenant commander.  Following his return from military service he was board certified in Family Practice and practiced family medicine.  Subsequently Dr. Stearns completed a surgery residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, affiliated with the University of Illinois.

Dr. Stearns has practiced general surgery in Minnesota and then in De Queen, AR, until 2007, and has also lectured for a nursing program on a voluntary basis at the University of Arkansas Community College in De Queen. Subsequently, Dr. Stearns practiced at the Correctional Medicine Hawkins Unit in Wrightsville, AR before accepting the position at the University of Central Arkansas.

Dr. Stearns enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, Mary Sue, have seven children (two of whom are UCA alumni), as well as fourteen grandchildren. Dr. Stearns has an abiding interest in science and medicine including neuroscience. He enjoys exploring the OT profession and working closely with the faculty.   He seeks to inspire awe and the wonder of learning in the healing arts students.



Undergraduate degree Iowa State University

Bachelor of Liberal studies

1966 University of Iowa

Doctor of Medicine


Professional Licensure and Certifications

Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Diplomat, American Board of Surgery-Accreditation Recertification


Research Interest

Correctional Medicine and the role of OT


Alzheimer’s disease

The value of exercise in multiple disease states