Baptist Health/UAMS Thoracic Surgery Opens New Location

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –  Baptist Health/UAMS Thoracic Surgery is now located within UAMS Baptist Health Cancer Clinic-Little Rock on the Baptist Health campus, off Interstate 630. The clinic is at the Hickingbotham Outpatient Center, 9500 Kanis Road, Suite 500. 

Areas of specialization at Baptist Health/UAMS Thoracic Surgery, using both minimally invasive and robotic approaches, include:

• Achalasia

• Carcinoid Tumors

• Chest Wall Tumors

• Diaphragmatic hernia

• Diaphragm Paralysis

• Empyema

• Esophageal Cancer

• Hyperhidrosis

• Lung Cancer

• Lung Mass

• Lung Nodule

• Mediastinal Tumors

• Mesothelioma

• Pleural Effusion

• Pectus Excavatum

• Rib Fractures

• Thymic Tumors

• Tracheal Tumors

Baptist Health/UAMS Thoracic Surgery is supported by Arkansas’ only group of fellowship-trained, dedicated general thoracic surgeons. They work closely with the medical oncologists in the new clinic.

Katy Marino, MD, is a thoracic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery of the chest.. Dr. Marino received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport. Dr. Marino completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee, and fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. She is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Jason Muesse, MD, specializes in the surgical treatment of diseases involving the chest including the lungs, esophagus and chest wall. Dr. Muesse obtained his medical degree at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in College Station and Temple, Texas. After serving his internship and residency in general surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Muesse completed fellowship training in thoracic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. He also completed the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Graham Foundation Surgical Robotics Fellowship in 2017. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Matthew Steliga, MD, specializes in thoracic oncology with an emphasis on lung cancer, esophageal cancer and other tumors of the chest and is experienced in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. He previously served as an instructor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. A graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Dr. Steliga completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee. He completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Nicholas Tingquist, MD, specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures as well as robotic chest surgery. Dr. Tingquist earned his medical degree and completed his residency in general surgery at UAMS and completed a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Tingquist is board eligible. 

Savanna Cathey, PA, received her education through the UAMS Physician Assistant Program. She is certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants and through the Arkansas State Medical Board.

For more information about Baptist Health/UAMS Thoracic Surgery, visit or call (501) 202-4715.


About Baptist Health

For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered all our best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health, Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization, is here For You. For Life. – with more than 250 points of access that include 12 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; and a graduate residency program. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app.

About UAMS

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and eight institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute, Institute for Digital Health & Innovation and the Institute for Community Health Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’ clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,275 students, 890 medical residents and fellows, and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 12,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter)YouTube or Instagram.