November 19, 2020

Pediatric Cardiologist and Faculty Leader Renee Bornemeier, M.D., Named Interim Chair of UAMS Department of Pediatrics

Renee Bornemeier, M.D., professor of pediatric cardiology, vice chair for faculty affairs in the Department of Pediatrics, and assistant dean for faculty affairs in the UAMS College of Medicine,  has been named Interim Chair of the department.

Renee Bornemeier

Renee Bornemeier, M.D., has been named interim chair of the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

“Dr. Bornemeier has dedicated her career to UAMS and Arkansas Children’s, providing exceptional cardiology care for the children of Arkansas, outstanding teaching for medical students, residents and fellows, and excellent mentoring and faculty development for her colleagues,” said Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., FACS, executive vice chancellor of UAMS and dean of the College of Medicine.

Bornemeier graduated from UAMS in 1988 and stayed at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s for her pediatrics residency. She completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and returned to UAMS to serve as an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics in 1994. Bornemeier rose through the faculty ranks and has served as a professor in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology since 2009.

Bornemeier’s clinical leadership roles at ACH have included medical director of the ACH Heart Station from 1995 to 2008, director of the Bale Fetal Heart Center since 2009, vice chief of staff in 2017-2018 and chief of staff since 2019. She also directed the development of the Cardiac 3D Print Lab at Arkansas Children’s.

Bornemeier has become increasingly engaged in faculty development and leadership. She has served on the Pediatrics Promotion and Tenure Committee since 2013. She served on the College of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee in 2012-2016 and chaired the committee in 2015-2016. Bornemeier was appointed vice-chair for faculty affairs in the Department of Pediatrics in 2017. She recently was named assistant dean for faculty affairs for the College of Medicine, to provide enhanced services for the college’s Children’s-based faculty from multiple departments.

Bornemeier is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics Sub Board of Pediatric Cardiology. She is active in national professional organizations including the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography and the Fetal Heart Society. Bornemeier will serve as interim chair during the college’s search for the next chair. Former Pediatrics Chair Frederick “Rick” Barr, M.D., assumed a new post as executive vice president and chief clinical and academic officer for Arkansas Children’s on Nov. 16.