Department News


May 8, 2019

Dr. Steve Schexnayder Appointed to Executive Vice-Chair

Dr. Steve Schexnayder

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Schexnayder on his appointment to the newly created post of Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Schexnayder will assist Pediatrics Chair Dr. Rick Barr in key departmental functions, with a major focus on refining and implementing a new faculty evaluation process. He will continue to serve in his role…


April 29, 2019

Larry Hartzell, M.D., Invested in Waner Endowed Chair at Arkansas Children’s

Larry Hartzell, M.D., (seated) holds the Benjamin and Milton Waner, M.D., Endowed Chair in Pediatric and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Pictured with him are Arkansas Children’s President and CEO Marcy Doderer, FACHE, and UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA.

Larry Hartzell, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine, was invested in the Benjamin and Milton Waner, M.D., Endowed Chair in Pediatric Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) on April 24. “It was an honor to recognize Dr. Larry Hartzell…


February 26, 2019

New Faculty – February 2019

Larry Quang

Department of Pediatrics Larry Quang, M.D., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Dr. Quang received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and went on to complete fellowships in medical toxicology…


January 30, 2019

Dr. Willis Selected by National MS Society As Partner in MS Care

Erin Willis

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Willis, an Associate Professor in the Neurology Section of the Department of Pediatrics, on being selected by the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society as a Partner in MS Care. Dr. Willis, who directs the Child Neurology Residency Program, is only the second Arkansas physician to achieve this honor, along with Dr….


January 17, 2019

Arkansas Autism Program Receives $2.17 Million in Federal Funding

Autism puzzle logo

By Ben Boulden The Arkansas Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (AR ADDM) Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently was awarded a four-year grant of $2.17 million by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Arkansas monitoring program tracks the number and characteristics of 8-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder and/or…


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…



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