Department News


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…


March 1, 2018

UAMS Designated Baby Friendly for Encouraging Breastfeeding

Baby Friendly graphic

Feb. 28, 2018 | UAMS Medical Center is the only hospital in central Arkansas to have received international recognition as “baby friendly” for its policies and procedures encouraging new mothers to breastfeed as a healthier way to feed their babies. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched the Baby-friendly…


February 12, 2018

Shane McKinney, M.D., featured on CBS News

Shane McKinney, M.D., on CBS News

CBS News featured Shane McKinney, M.D., of the Department of Pediatrics in their story about the flu outbreak in Arkansas. Watch their story on the CBS News website.


January 22, 2018

Summer Science Program

Summer Science group in front of Angel One helicopter

Do you know a college student interested in pursuing a career in medicine or medical research? Check out the Summer Science Program sponsored by the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and the UAMS Department of Pediatrics! The eight week program gives students experience working in medical research and a general view of medicine as a career….


December 28, 2017

Dr. Jason Farrar among lead authors of study that could lead to better therapies for pediatric AML

Jason Farrar, M.D., in lab

LITTLE ROCK – A scientist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is among the lead authors of a study that could lead to more effective therapies for children with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). UAMS’ Jason Farrar, M.D., and collaborators at eleven other institutions published their study in the journal Nature Medicine and…


December 18, 2017

Arkansas Children’s, UAMS Specialist Honored with National Award for Work to Prevent Child Abuse

Karen Farst, M.D., M.P.H.

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Nov. 27, 2018) – The medical director of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Team for Children at Risk has received national recognition for her breakthrough efforts to prevent child abuse in the state and beyond. Karen Farst, M.D., M.P.H., who also serves as the medical director of the Rebecca and Robert Rice Medical…


October 30, 2017

Six Inaugural Groundbreaking Projects Funded through the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute

Child’s feet on scale

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Oct. 25, 2017) – Six early-career scientists have joined the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute’s (ACRI) Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention, as the program announces its first wave of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded projects to help make children better today and healthier tomorrow. “These first six projects reflect the mission of the…



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