Dr. Paula Anderson, 200RYT, Pulmonary Physician


Medical Profession

Dr. Anderson is a recently retired Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UAMS.  This was followed by a research fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.  She was a clinician and educator at the University Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans’ Healthcare System in Little Rock for 27 years.


During her career in academic medicine, she taught students and doctors in training on a daily basis.  Trainees included medical students, residents in Internal Medicine and other specialties as well as Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellows.  She also regularly taught nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and social workers.  Another ongoing activity was spending several months during each year teaching second year medical students the art and science of taking medical histories and performing physical exams on patients.  Teaching formats included didactic lectures, teaching and demonstration at the bedside as well as demonstration of skills and procedures.  She received numerous awards for teaching from medical students and also from residents in Internal Medicine.  Evaluations of her lectures by faculty and trainees were always above average compared with other faculty members.


Dr. Anderson is also a long-time practitioner of yoga and is a registered yoga teacher.  She is very interested in the connections and differences between eastern and western medicine and the evolving scientific evidence that supports the clinical benefits derived from yoga practices, especially pranayama. Her current activities since retirement are traveling, teaching private yoga clients and contributing to Circle Yoga Shala's Yoga Therapy Program as faculty.