Faculty/Staff in the
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Division:

John L. Carroll, M.D. 
Professor of Pediatrics & Physiology
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Division Chief – Pediatric Respiratory Medicine
Dr. Carroll, with greater than thirty years as an academic Pediatric Pulmonologist, has special interest in sleep disordered breathing, control of breathing disorders, cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, thoracic insufficiency disorders and skeletal dysplasias.  He is internationally recognized as one of the top experts in pediatric breathing control and oxygen sensing development.  He is author on over one hundred peer-reviewed publications, author on over thirty book chapters or review articles, member of several consensus conferences, and has served as co-editor of books on childhood sleep disordered breathing and long-term mechanical ventilation in children.  He maintains an active research program which has been NIH funded for greater than twenty years.      Bibliography (partial):  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1hmcCSrcFsB/bibliography/public/


Ariel Berlinski, M.D.

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

UAMS, College of Medicine

Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty

Co-Director – Arkansas Children’s Hospital Respiratory Care Department

Director – Pulmonary Function Laboratory

Dr. Berlinski completed pediatric residencies at both Pedro de Elizalde General Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Long Island College Hospital/Beth Israel Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He completed a pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He has done additional work in the lung transplantation program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. His unique interest, technical expertise, and research is in delivery systems for inhaled medications.  In addition, he has special interest in asthma and Cystic Fibrosis, especially in non invasive monitoring of airways inflammation.


Amit Agarwal, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Director – Chronic Ventilation Service Line
Associate Director – Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship


Supriya Jambhekar, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

UAMS, College of Medicine

Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty

Director – Arkansas Children’s Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
Dr. Jambhekar is board-certified in Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine.   Dr. Jambhekar is currently involved in multiple clinical research projects related to sleep disorders in children.

Astryd Menendez, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW)
Dr. Menendez is a Board Certified Pediatric Pulmonologist currently attending the Lowell Pulmonary clinic.  As the only Pediatric Pulmonologist in the North West corner of the state she sees  the full scope of Pediatric Pulmonary disorders.

Advanced Practice Nurses:
April Carpenter, APRN
Wendy Burgener, RN, MNSc, APRN, CPNP
Jill Richardson, APRN
Rachel McKnight, APRN
Emily Davis, APRN
Kim Newman, APRN
Jay White, APRN
Sherrie Smith, APRN
Katie Stickler, APRN
Julie Thibodaux, APRN (ACNW)

Pulmonary Specialty Nurses:
Justin Starr, RN
Brandi Montes, RN
Devan Shaw, RN
Jan Crosby, RN
Theresa Hampton, RN (ACNW)

Respiratory Therapists:
Lauren Willis, RRT- NPS
Amanda Wise, RRT- NPS

Nutritionist:
Julie Henshaw MS, RD, LD

Social Worker:
Sarah Luz, LCSW, MSW

Pulmonary Function Lab:
Pam Leisenring, Supervisor

Chaplain:
Kenneth Myers

Office Manager:
Ronni Stern