Department News


December 31, 2018

NICU Graduates Visit UAMS Annually to Bring Gifts for Preemies

Two preschoolers posing by NICU gifts

By Katrina Dupins A holiday tradition emerged for the Saladi family with the birth of their twins four years ago. Kovidh and Harshad Saladi spent 11 days in the NICU at UAMS in December 2014. Every year since, they have come back with their parents, Swaroop and Manju, during the Christmas season to give gifts…


December 20, 2018

Fernando Vargas, M.D., M.P.H., Joins Faculty

Fernando Vargas

Fernando Vargas, M.D., M.P.H., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics. Dr. Vargas received his medical degree and his Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan, where he also completed his residency. He recently completed a fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation at Children’s Mercy Hospital…


December 18, 2018

Dr. Gregory Sharp Named Senior VP/Chief Medical Officer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Portrait of Greg Sharp

Gregory Sharp, M.D., Professor and Chief of Pediatric Neurology in the College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Dr. Sharp has held numerous clinical, academic and hospital leadership posts since first joining…


November 29, 2018

Dr. Stacie Jones featured on CNN for Peanut Allergy Research

Woman and child smiling while sitting in a hospital bed

The phenomenal work of Pediatrics Professor Dr. Stacie Jones into a promising experimental treatment for children with a life-threatening allergy to peanuts is drawing national and statewide media attention. Dr. Jones is a coauthor of a study published in the Nov. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Check out this CNN story…


November 14, 2018

Recent Faculty Appointments – November 2018

Omar Salem

Omar Salem, M.D., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine. He received his medical degree from UAMS and completed his pediatric residency at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.       Becca Perin, M.D., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor in the…


October 19, 2018

Recent Faculty Appointments – October 2018

Heather Bullard-Manbeck

Department of Pediatrics Markus Renno, M.D., M.P.H., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology. He received his medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and completed his residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Renno went on to complete his Master of Public…


August 31, 2018

Dr. Jill Fussell Named Chief of Developmental Pediatrics

Jill Fussell

Jill Fussell, M.D., a Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the James L. Dennis Developmental Center, has been appointed Chief of the Section of Developmental-Behavioral and Rehabilitative Pediatrics. Dr. Fussell, a faculty member since 2002, began serving as Interim Chief following the unexpected death of Eldon Schulz, M.D., in early June. “I know her…


June 28, 2018

Investiture Ceremony for Frederick “Rick” E. Barr, M.D., MBA

Dr. Barr with group of Children’s and UAMS officials

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine celebrated the investiture of  Frederick “Rick” E.  Barr, M.D., MBA as the recipient and steward of the Robert H. Fiser, Jr., M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatrics on Tuesday, June 12. In 2006, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Board of Directors…


May 1, 2018

Joan Cranmer, Ph.D., Wins Outstanding Woman Faculty Award

Two women with award

Joan M. Cranmer, Ph.D., a professor with the Department of Pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine recently was honored with the 2018 Outstanding Woman Faculty Award by the UAMS Women’s Faculty Development Caucus. The award is presented to a woman who is a mentor and role model with a record of scholarly endeavors, teaching…


April 27, 2018

One in 77 Arkansas Children Has Autism Spectrum Disorder, Says New CDC/UAMS Report

Researcher points to poster while others watch

An estimated  one in 77 Arkansas children are identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to a new report by the Arkansas Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (AR ADDM) Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The new Arkansas numbers are based on information collected from health and special education records…



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