Faculty

There were approximately 57 faculty in DOP in the academic year 1985 – 1986, 76 faculty members in the academic year 1990-1991, and 98 faculty members in the academic year 1995 – 1996. There are too many individual faculty members to discuss during these years. The following played important leadership roles in the Department of Pediatrics in the following years: Dr. Debra Fiser joined the DOP faculty in 1981. She served as Chief of the Critical Care section until 1995 when she became Chair of the DOP. She then served as Dean of the School of Medicine at UAMS from 2006 – 2013. Dr. Richard Jacobs became Chief of Infectious Diseases in 1983 and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics from 2005 – 2017. Dr. Stephen Kemp joined the faculty in 1984 and served as Chief of Endocrinology for many years. Dr. Susan Jay joined the faculty in 1985 and served as the first Chief of Adolescent Medicine. Dr. David Becton joined the faculty in 1985 and became Chief of Hematology/Oncology.

Dr. Wesley Burks also joined the faculty in 1985 and later served as Chief of Allergy/Immunology ( he later became Chief of Allergy/Immunology at Duke University, then Chairman of Pediatrics and ultimately the Dean of School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Dr. Eileen Ellis joined the faculty in 1985 and she later served as the Chief of Pediatric Nephrology until 2016. Dr. Thomas Wells joined the faculty in 1987, was the Principal Investigator for the Pediatric Pharmacology Research program, and he later served as Vice Chair for Research in the DOP for many years. Michele Moss joined the faculty in 1985 and she later served as the Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Charles Feild joined the faculty in 1988 and later served as the Chief of Community Pediatrics. Dr. Eldon Schulz joined the faculty in 1991 and later served as the chief of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics.