Early Robert Fiser Years 1975-1980

n 1975, the year Dr. Robert Fiser was named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UAMS, there were 15 faculty members. These included Drs. Rosalind Abernathy, Alice Beard, Lee Berry, Jack Bornhofen, Roosevelt Brown, Florence Char, Harold Decker, Joycelyn Elders, Robert Fiser, Horace Green, Margaret Harrison, Manfred Morris, Neal Sims, and Tom Dungan. Dr. Robert Arrington joined the faculty shortly before Dr. Fiser was named chair.

Robert Fiser, M.D., appointed the 5th full-time Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Robert Fiser was raised in Morrilton and attended Arkansas Tech and Hendrix College. He graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine in 1966. He trained in Pediatrics at UAMS and William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, TX, and at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. He continued his training with an Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles, where he joined the faculty as an Associate Professor and Associate Program Director for the UCLA Clinical Studies Center. Dr. Fiser returned to UAMS in 1973.

Dr. Fiser was appointed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics in 1975, the youngest Pediatric Department Chair in the country at the age of 32.