Reagan Achinefu
Reagan Achinefu, M.B.B.Ch.
Home Town: Bronx, New York.
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: I enjoy the pathophysiology of the diseases.  I spend time on it as understanding the pathophysiology of a disease makes clinical management easier.
Things that make me unique are: My compassion for the less privileged and insatiable interest in medical mission around the world, especially in third world countries.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Play soccer. I also follow competitive sports such as Soccer, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts etc. I enjoy hanging out with friends, Road trips, Photographing.
To get myself motivated I think of:  My journey so far - where and how it all started, how far I have gone and where I really want to be.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading:   Motivational books.
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Mel Gibson’s movies.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Soccer games- English Premier league, Spanish La liga, Italian Seria A, etc.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Music- RnB, Rap, Hip pop, Afro beats.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them:  To see the beautiful Arkansas River.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: University Program with good attending to resident ratio, friendly residents and staff, and a very conducive learning environment.
Lynn Alkhatib
Lynn Alkhatib, M.B.,B.S.
Home Town: Damascus (Syria), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Irvine (California).
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: Disease presentations! I think it’s really interesting to see how each disease has an array of signs and symptoms, but what’s more stimulating is to learn about atypical presentations and apply that to our current knowledge of the disease.
Things that make me unique are: My multicultural background! I visibly struggled with answering the question of my hometown, I was born in the US, grew up in Saudi Arabia, but I am originally from Syria. I think this gives me a great advantage of being exposed to different cultures and backgrounds, and I am always interested in learning something new from all the wonderful people I’ve met along the way.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Bake, cook, and pretty much do anything in my kitchen, workout (sometimes… rarely).
To get myself motivated I think of: How blessed I’ve been to reach this point, and remind myself of the end goal I’m aiming to reach.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: I’m drawn to any books that are set in different parts of the world. A good example is Khalid Husseini’s novels from Afghanistan.
With popcorn in hand, the movie I’m watching is: I enjoy watching thrillers, documentaries, and action movies.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): I love watching cooking shows, The Great British Bake Off is my all-time favorite.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: I listen to music mostly when I’m driving, and it’s not anything specific. I like The Weeknd, Amy Winehouse, Khalid, Lana Del Rey etc.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: I’d love to take them on a walk on the Riverwalk Trail, go to Pinnacle Mountain, and visit the Clinton Museum!
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: I immediately could imagine myself as a resident at UAMS from my interview day; everyone was so welcoming, kind, and knowledgeable. The hospital is a great place to learn and gain great exposure as well. I’m so happy and blessed to be here!
Samah Awad
Samah Awad, M.B.,B.S.
Home Town:   Jordan
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: Pulmonology
Things that make me unique are: Compassionate, dedicated and ambitious
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Cook!
To get myself motivated I think of: Outdoor activity
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: History books
On my iPod, iTouch, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Arabic music
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to:  Hike
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: exceptional!
Matthew Bradley
Matthew Bradley, M.D.
Home Town: Springdale AR
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: Pediatric congenital heart disease and the use of Echocardiograms to have a real time image inside the human body.
Things that make me unique are: In between Undergrad and Medical School I spent a winter season working at the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Go to Razorback sporting events, ride my Harley Davidson, play Xbox with friends and go to the gym.
To get myself motivated I think of: My future goal of being the best Pediatrician a parent would ever want to have.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: When Breath Becomes Air, The Go-Giver, or other self-improvement books.
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Top Gun, as loud as the TV will go.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Grey’s anatomy, because my girlfriend loves it, therefore we watch it.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: 90’s party country, new country, hip-hop/rap, anything by Gryffin.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: Pinnacle Mountain followed by Tacos and Tamales (hopefully before happy hour ends).
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: I love the children of Arkansas and had the best pediatrics rotation during medical school here at Arkansas Children’s.
Susanna Chandler
Susanna Chandler, D.O.
Home Town:  Cedar Hill, TX
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: The evolution of how we treat certain diseases, so much has changed with medicine and it continues to change. I love learning about new treatments and technologies for diseases.
Things that make me unique are: I am Texas born and raised, but went to college in Colorado and got to ski on weekends! I am quite good at pop culture trivia…but I’m pretty bad at historical trivia. I make the best chicken enchiladas!
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Bake! Mainly cookies, pies, cobblers, but I have recently branched out to bread! I am still working up the courage to try and make homemade croissants. I also love to cook and try new recipes with new ingredients.
To get myself motivated I think of: How lucky I am to get to be in this field and take care or children!
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Re-reading Harry Potter books or anything by Ruth Ware or Shari Lapena (thriller/mystery)
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Pretty much anything with Sandra Bullock, my favorites are While you Were Sleeping and The Proposal. When I’m feeling less like a rom com, my husband and I love watching Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Indiana Jones marathons.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss):  I haven’t had cable in a long time! We are Netflix/Hulu people and I always binge watch the new season of Great British Baking Show. If I do have cable I am always watching Food Network or some random season of Law and Order SVU.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Mostly pop country music, mixed with a little bit of everything else, but no rap music for me.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: The River Market and Pinnacle Mountain. I also love to take visitors to local restaurants, something they can’t get at home!
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: The people are truly wonderful, I had only been to Arkansas once before my interview. I had a great interview day and felt that it was the perfect place for my husband and I to start our lives together and careers! I love the big standalone Children’s Hospital, but it still feels like a close family of residents.
Jeremy Davis
Jeremy Davis, M.D.
Hometown: Urbandale, IA
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: pathophysiology. Understanding all the different processes and pathways that are occurring simultaneously to keep our bodies running properly is pretty interesting.
Things that make me unique are: I’ve been to 5 out of 7 continents. I’ve also lived in Kenya and can still speak some Swahili. Also, I’m a HUGE Iowa Hawkeyes fan!
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: explore the outdoors. I like to spend time with family and friends as much as possible. I’m a huge foodie, whether it means trying new restaurants or making some new cuisine at home. I’m also as avid traveler and am always looking for my next adventure!
To get myself motivated I think of: It’s not really a thought, but I need my cup of Joe in the mornings to get my day started.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: I’m not a huge reader but due to this social distancing stuff I’ve started reading books about investing in the stock market.
With popcorn in hand, the movie I’m watching is: Jurassic Park
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss):  any Iowa Hawkeye football games or Philadelphia Flyers hockey games.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: mostly country playlists on Amazon music. I don’t discriminate though and have a pretty eclectic taste in music.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: I’m new to Little Rock and Arkansas so we’ll be exploring it together!
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: It was my favorite interview! Everyone from the pre-interview dinner to the post-interview lunch were great. The residents were all down to earth, knew how to have fun and most importantly, laughed. The faculty and staff that I met during my day were amazing too. Plus, the program had everything I was looking for to prepare me for a fellowship after residency.
Thomas Fiedorek
Thomas Fiedorek, M.D.
Home Town: Little Rock, Arkansas
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: Critical care. Any part of medicine that involves learning how to better take care of critically sick patients is particularly interesting to learn about.
Things that make me unique are: I love fly fishing on any of the many rivers and creeks in Arkansas and around the country.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Play basketball and golf. Fly fishing and fly tying.
To get myself motivated I think of: The people in my life that are the most special to me and my relationship with God.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: A good murder mystery
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Remember the Titans.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): College basketball and football.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Mostly country music, but I like pretty much anything.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: All the beautiful outdoor places in Arkansas.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: The wonderful people in the program. There is an incredible family atmosphere at ACH which makes it a wonderful place to train.
Kelsey Floyd
Kelsey Floyd, D.O.
Home Town: Dickinson, Texas
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: Rare genetic disorders, disease pathogenesis and preventative medicine.
Things that make me unique are: I have traveled to 31 states, 28 countries and 23 National Parks. Trying to get to 30 before I turn 30.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Travel, camp, hike, read, play board games, do puzzles, listen to old music and watch loads of movies.
To get myself motivated I think of: My husband dancing to Eye of the Tiger.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: I am on a rotation of high fantasy series (like the Stormlight archive, GOT and The Witcher), crime/ mystery (specifically with female protagonists) and fictionalized historic/ anthropologic books.
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Catch Me If You Can or Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): I don’t know what DVR or a cable box is anymore but I pretty much just watch all of Friends, The Office, Parks and Rec, The New Girl, How I Met Your Mother and Gilmore Girls, then repeat.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Blues, Oldies, Classic Rock, and so I am not mistaken for a 68 year old I throw in some indie folk rock.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: The state parks, because I want to take me to the state parks, I’ve heard good things.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: Besides the fact that it checked all of my boxes, everyone seemed happy. I had a few amazing conversations with staff/ residents that made me feel comfortable and like I would fit in nicely.
Andrew Fowler
Andrew Fowler, M.D.
Home Town: Tuscaloosa, AL
When I study medicine, I most enjoy learning about: human physiology and how everything in the body works, especially on the molecular level.
Things that make me unique are: I love coffee and enjoy experimenting at home with different grinds and brewing methods to make the perfect cup.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: play golf, workout, watch sports, and take my two golden retrievers on walks, hikes, and to breweries. I also really enjoy woodworking and DIY projects.
To get myself motivated I think of: how fortunate I am that my job is to take care of children and make them healthier. Nothing beats the smile and laugh of a child after you’ve helped them feel better!
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: mostly nonfiction, anything Atul Gawande.
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching: any James Bond movie or a comedy.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): college football (Roll Tide!) and Major League Baseball (Go Braves!).
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: everything from classic rock and country music to rap/hip hop and EDM, but my favorite artists are John Mayer and Mat Kearney.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: the local parks, breweries, and restaurants.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: everyone I met on my interview was so kind, welcoming, and made me feel at home.
David Freeman
David Freeman, M.D.
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: The pathophysiology of congenital heart disease and the advancements that have been made in this field over the years.
Things that make me unique are: I have been a EMS provider for almost 20 years, I am married with a 1-year-old son, and I am an identical twin.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Weightlift, practice martial arts, cook, and make wine.
To get myself motivated I think of: My wife and son.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Curious George or another children’s book to my son.
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Star Wars Saga
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Sports.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: All types of music (I used to be a DJ)!
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: The River Market area.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: the program takes pride in creating a family environment.
Kimberly Hubbard
Kimberly Hubbard, M.D.
Home Town: Carrollton, TX
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: critical care!
Things that make me unique are: all football-related. I used to referee Texas high school football games, I did the chains for a couple Baylor games, I coached an incredible med school powderpuff team to victory twice (go Bae’s Anatomy!).
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: explore! I’m a big fan of outside and love taking some time to find new places or new things about old places.
To get myself motivated I think of: making coffee. And then I put on some early 00s rap and crush my to-do list.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: a classic! The bigger the book, the better.
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: most likely, The Princess Bride for the 784th time. Or a thriller with multiple explosions and/or big twists.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Gilmore Girls.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: there’s a 50% chance it’s Texas country, a 30% chance it’s indie folk, and a 20% chance it’s Beyoncé. You never know.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: Pinnacle Mountain State Park and the Big Dam Bridge.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: it feels like home! (Plus, there’s a basketball court on the roof.)
Sowmya Jayachandran
Sowmya Jayachandran, M.B.,B.S.
Home Town: Tamilnadu, India
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: the basic inbuilt mechanism of each cell in the human body which helps in repair and regeneration during a disease process.
Things that make me unique are: Perseverant and helping hand for the people in need.
Even at this age, I love to watch cartoon shows like Tom and Jerry, The Flintsones, etc. with the kids.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: dance, sing, draw and cook. Outdoor activities like swimming, gardening, biking. I love to take shopping sprees too.
To get myself motivated I think of: My mother- the strongest woman I have seen and admired in my life.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Health and beauty magazines
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Home alone series.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Vampire diaries, Goosebumps.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Maestro-Raja hits ( Ilayaraja)
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: River trail, Mountain hikes, and natural springs
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: the Faculties, Staff and Residents were very warm, welcoming, and friendly.  I got a lot of positive vibes in this program on my interview day which made me choose UAMS as my top choice. ACH being a stand-alone children’s hospital in this state makes it undoubtedly the best place to get trained for my valuable next three years of training.
Nithya Koka
Nithya Koka, M.D.
Home Town: San Ramon, CA
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: How the body is able to adapt in so many different conditions. I enjoy learning about how social and environmental factors can affect development and influence disease processes. I also love getting to know patients and hearing their stories!
Things that make me unique are: I grew up in an Indian-American household and am grateful that I was able to grow up between two different cultures. I also spent two years of medical school in Brisbane, Australia. I keep an open mind and love meeting people from all walks of life.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: cook, travel, sing karaoke, and spend time with my friends and family.
To get myself motivated I think of: how blessed I am to be pursuing medicine and doing something I love with the opportunity to make a difference in my community.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Little Women (or any classic novel), a Nicholas Sparks book, or a humorous memoir
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: a romance or comedy. Some of my favorites are Titanic, Her, A Star is Born, Sleepless in Seattle, and Mean Girls.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Friends, The Office, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Planet Earth, or anything on Food Network.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: all kinds of music but mostly Pop or Bollywood.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: Hot Springs, to all the beautiful hiking trails nearby, and to eat out at some great restaurants.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: I fell in love with the hospital. You can tell it was designed to make children feel as comfortable as possible while in a hospital setting. The staff and residents were all very welcoming. They see a wide range of pathologies, so I knew my experiences at ACH would train me to be a well-rounded pediatrician.
Hannah Lewis
Hannah Lewis, M.D.
Home Town: Bolivar, MO
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: the brain! I have special interests in neurodevelopment, epilepsy, and neurogenetics.
Things that make me unique are: that I am a tennis player, amateur photographer and opera singer.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: go on adventures with my husband and German Shepherd, Bear. We go hiking, kayaking, camping, spelunking, boating—whatever gets us outside. I also enjoy playing card games, drinking fancy coffee, spending all day in Barnes and Noble and watching movies while snuggling my cats.
To get myself motivated I think of: my family, bible verses, color-coded planners, giant Starbucks drinks, and the sweet kids that I have as my patients.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: something in the fantasy genre. Currently reading the “Chronicles of the One” series by Nora Roberts. My favorite series is “A Song of Ice and Fire” (Game of Thrones) and I love anything written by Ken Follett.
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: probably starring Will Smith. Some all-time favorites include Duck Soup, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Hitch, Pride and Prejudice, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro and Up.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): The Mandalorian, Watchmen, Big Little Lies, The Voice, Superstore, Jack Ryan, Stranger Things, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Songland and reruns of The Office and Seinfeld.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: The Beatles, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Coldplay, Of Monsters and Men, The Civil Wars, Norah Jones and Lewis Capaldi.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: Mylo Coffee Co., kBird, Loblolly, Pinnacle Mountain, Emerald Park and the River Market.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: I feel at home with the residents, the faculty encourage and challenge me, and ACH is such a happy place!
Hong Van Nguyen
Hong-Van Nguyen, M.D.
Home Town: New Orleans, LA
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: The tips and tricks of the trade that you can only gain from clinical experience
Things that make me unique are: My love and appreciation for art, experience with film photography, and my cooking/baking skills
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Cook, read, hike, explore museums, and binge on Netflix
To get myself motivated I think of: The smiling faces and appreciation from families when I try my best at my job
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Sometimes, I’m up until 3AM finishing a good novel. That’s how you know it’s a really good book.
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Disney movies and Marvel films
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Friends (never gets old)
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Mostly pop music
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: All our wonderful hiking trails! Of course, I also need to bring mom to the outlet.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: Everyone I met was happy and friendly. You can tell that everyone was part of a family and looked out for one another.
Oscar Nguyen
Oscar Nguyen, M.D.
Home Town: Houston
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: Techniques on treating patients more holistically and as a person rather than symptoms
Things that make me unique are: I love plants, exploring different cultures, and eating different foods despite having a food allergy.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: play video games, read books, tend to plants, paint, pottery work, crafting, and cycling.
To get myself motivated I think of: Stoop Kid from Hey Arnold mustering up the courage to step off his stoop.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Science fiction, fantasy novels, autobiographies, mystery books.
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Lilo and Stitch on loop.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): watching cartoons
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Classical, EDM, Pop, Hiphop, Jazz
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: Pinnacle Mountain hiking trails
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: I love the resident and attending interactions along with how everyone seems like a big happy family.
Jordan Noble
Jordan Noble, D.O.
Hometown: Garrett, PA
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: embryology and development, preventative medicine, and infectious diseases
Things that make me unique are: my ability to burst into songs from musicals in almost any setting
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: play the piano, sing, bake, hike, kayak, read, swim, explore new coffee shops, spend time with friends and family, and try new food
To get myself motivated I think of: how hard I’ve already worked to achieve my goals and how that knowledge can positively impact my patients
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: the Harry Potter series, historical fiction (most recently The Tattooist of Auschwitz)
With popcorn in hand, the movie I’m watching is: Harry Potter, 1917, A Knight’s Tale, The Patriot, Braveheart, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, and almost anything Disney releases
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Vikings, A Million Little Things, For Life, Grey’s Anatomy
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Ted talks, music including pop, rock, and anything but country
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: the Arkansas River trail and the River Market
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: the people involved in every aspect of interview day made me feel comfortable, and it felt like a perfect fit! The reputation of the hospital and its commitment to exceptional care speaks for itself!
Jacquelyn Pena
Jacquelyn Pena, M.D.
Home Town: San Antonio, Tx
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: Microbiology and pathophysiology
Things that make me unique are: I was in the marching band for 4 year and played the trumpet. I also enjoy scuba diving and got certified while in medical school in the Caribbean 🙂
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to:  cook, hike, float down the river, and scuba dive
To get myself motivated I think of: My family and friends who have supported me throughout my whole career.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Various cookbooks. I enjoy browsing through cookbooks to get new ideas and find new recipes to try
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Anything but a horror movie.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): New episodes of Chef’s Table, The Crown, The Witcher, and any time my San Antonio Spurs are playing
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: A wide range of music from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s pop, R&B, Country, Rock, and Rap. Pretty much anything depending on my mood.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: The various hiking trails in the area as well as make a trip to Hot Springs. It would also be fun to try to go mining for quartz in one of the nearby mines as well as see the beautiful Thorncrown Capel.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: Because I was so impressed by the residents and faculty during their morning report. I was so refreshing to see all the residents and faculty so engaged and it seemed to reflect how important teaching is to the faculty. Not to mention Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the prettiest hospital I have ever seen and everyone there was so friendly.
Maria Serrano
Maria Serrano, M.D.
Home Town: Rogers, Arkansas
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: anything that involves children’s health and well-being.
Things that make me unique are: I’m bilingual.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: paint, kayak, play with my dogs and spend time with my family (especially my baby girl).
To get myself motivated I think of: my baby and her future.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: children’s books to my daughter.
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: a romantic comedy or thriller.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): New Girl
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: whatever is on the pop radio station
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: eat at Zagna, spend time with my husband and daughter at our home and go on an outdoor adventure.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: feels like home.
Conor Smith
Conor Smith, M.D.
Home Town: Little Rock, AR
When I study medicine, I most enjoy learning about: Anything with pediatrics or cardiology. I think the heart is such an amazing organ, and who doesn’t love learning more about kiddos?!
Things that make me unique are: My undergraduate degree is in Anthropology and I almost became an archaeologist until I answered the call to Medicine. I love anything relating to ancient history or unique and amazing cultures around the world.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Go to the movies, try new restaurants, listen to tons of music, read books, and play video games.
To get myself motivated I think of: To REALLY get motivated I think of all the people who have helped me get where I am in life.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: The Lord of the Rings: One Volume by J. R. R. Tolkein or Sherlock Holmes the Complete Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Any Star Wars movie. As a fanboy I love them all.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Arkansas Razorback Football!
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: My favorite band is The Beatles, but I love to listen on shuffle to various things from classic rock, alternative rock, New Wave, old school RnB, Motown, Blues, and so much more. The wide world of music is too amazing to listen to only a couple genres.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: Pinnacle Mountain park or Emerald Park if we’re staying close to Little Rock. Arkansas has so many beautiful places to go visit beyond the area around Little Rock as well.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: I know from prior employment experience that Arkansas Children’s Hospital is a magical place to be with amazing people working there in nearly every facet. It felt like home before I got into medical school and wanted to be able to return to the only hospital that has felt like a “home”.
Ryan Steele
Ryan Steele, M.D., M.P.H.
Home Town: Springfield, MO
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: I love the problem-solving side of medicine. I particularly enjoy working with patients and their families to make sure that all of their needs are being met. No two sets of circumstances are the same, and sometimes medicine can seem kind of like a puzzle. I love facing a challenge and figuring out creative solutions to ensure that patients receive the best care in a way that fits into their lives.
Things that make me unique are: I can whistle super loudly, I am a tissue donation recipient, I love college basketball (Rock Chalk!), and my dad still drives the car that he and I rebuilt together. I’m also the 3rd generation in my family to work at Arkansas Children’s!
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Ride my bike on the river trail, check out restaurants around the Hillcrest neighborhood, relax at the lake, and go to pretty much any type of sporting event.
To get myself motivated: Sometimes I listen to loud music in the car or when I’m exercising if I’m needing a pick-me-up. That, or I watch clips of Remember the Titans on Youtube.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Honestly, I read a lot of newspaper articles. It’s so lame, I know. You don’t have to remind me.
With popcorn in hand, the movie I’m watching is: Star Wars, The Fugitive, Forrest Gump, or one of the Marvel movies.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): The Mandalorian, Narcos, Ozark, Arrested Development, Schitt’s Creek, and Game of Thrones.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: 90’s hip hop, Chance the Rapper, Maggie Rogers, Nirvana, The Lumineers, Zac Brown Band, Citizen Cope, and Sports? with Katie Nolan (it’s a podcast).
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: Baja Grill! My wife and I go there so often that the staff recognizes us now. Also, Hill Station.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: The people here really are a family. I got to experience that a little bit as a medical student, and it really showed when I interviewed here. It’s a very “work hard, play hard” environment. The attendings are also highly invested in the residents and their families, which I really appreciate. Arkansas Children’s is an incredible place with even more incredible people.
Haley Taylor
Haley Taylor, M.D.
Home Town: Malvern, AR
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: (Oh where to start!!) my favorites would probably be cardiology and pulmonology physiology and genetics. It's always fascinating to learn more about them.
Things that make me unique are: I am an identical twin, I have a small obsession with Sonic, I really love the Arkansas Razorbacks (Woo Pig!)
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: spend time with my family, especially on the lake, dance, get outside and explore Arkansas
To get myself motivated I think of: my high-school/college self that dreamed of getting to do the job that I have
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: honestly, it’s probably a love story by Nicholas Sparks
With popcorn in hand, the movie I’m watching is: currently working through a Marvel movie marathon
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): This Is Us and A Million Little Things
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: country, pop, show tunes (especially on road trips!), and true crime podcasts
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: ZaZas, Heights Tacos & Tamales, Pinnacle Mountain, and the River Market District
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: The residency staff is very supportive and friendly and have the residents’ best interest at heart. I really felt at home amongst all of the residents, too! They genuinely seem happy and to be enjoying their training experience. Plus, Arkansas Children’s is an incredible facility!
Taylor Warden
Taylor Warden, M.D.
Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: A patient's medical journey. Medical books have taught me the pathophysiology, but patients teach how these diseases have impacted them and what they do on a daily basis to manage and treat them.
Things that make me unique are: I love visiting new places and experiencing new things. I have traveled to 15 countries. I have lived for a month in Spain and a month in Italy.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: I enjoy spending my free time outdoors with my husband and two dogs.
To get myself motivated I think of: I think of my family and friends. They are my support system. I owe my success to them because it always takes a village.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Any mysterious novel! I love a novel with an unpredictable ending!
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: The Harry Potter series or any movie on Disney Plus!
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): College football!
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: I listen to a variety of music, some of my favorite bands include One Republic, Matchbox Twenty, and the Chainsmokers.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: I want to take them to all the cool restaurants!
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: The people are genuinely kind, hardworking, and intelligent!
Emily Weldon
Emily Weldon, M.D.
Home Town: Benton, AR
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: I love learning all about infectious diseases, planetary health, and ways to tackle health disparities.
Things that make me unique are: I moved around a LOT growing up but have been in Arkansas since 2010, I’m terrified of heights but once swam on the edge of Victoria Falls, I can smell Greek yogurt from a mile away, and my favorite pair of shoes are rainbow crocs.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Trail run, hang out with my dog, camp, kayak, be outside!
To get myself motivated I think of: All the work I’ve put in to get here and the need to be the best pediatrician I can be to help make positive changes in my community and the lives of my patients.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Currently reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. I love The Orchardist, A Tale of Two Cities, and anything by Anthony Doerr. I’m always taking suggestions for new books!
With popcorn in hand, the movie I’m watching is: The Lion King, About Time, and Pride and Prejudice are my all time favorites, but the best movie I saw in the past year was The Peanut Butter Falcon.
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Brooklyn 99! Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool.
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Almost anything. Love me some classic rock and indie/folk, but it’s always 2000’s hip-hop/pop if I’m running.
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: All of the great food and brews we have in Little Rock!
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: It really feels like one big family. Everyone is here to help each other be the best they can be and provide the best care possible for their patients. I know I will have all the support I need to finish my training at a great place and have fun along the way!
David Wilson
David Wilson, D.O.
Home Town: Cape Girardeau, MO
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: Infectious disease topics
Things that make me unique are: I am a Jesus follower who is married with 3 children (all 4 and under). I had a career prior to medicine in retail management. I like watching baseball and pro wrestling. I am a 2-time bowling league champion. I enjoy reading fantasy novels (my favorite of which is Lord of the Rings.) Basically, I’m just a huge nerd.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Play outside with my kids. My wife and I enjoy movies together. I also enjoy doing improvement projects around the house.
To get myself motivated I think of: All the health care workers who have cared for me in the past as a patient.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
With popcorn in hand the movie I’m watching is: Star Wars
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): My wife and I like to watch Survivor
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: Lots of Podcasts including, but not limited to: Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Revisionist History, IDSA, Around the NFL, Effectively Wild, Post Wrestling, the best podcast in Baseball and Talk is Jericho
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: My house.
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: the people I met were very warm and welcoming and it felt like a home.
Alexandra Wise Ehlers
Alexandra Wise-Ehlers, M.D.
Home Town: Alma, AR
When I study medicine, I most enjoying learning about: Neonatology
Things that make me unique are: Arkansas All-Star Volleyball player – 2009. I have been scuba diving at Epcot.
I’m not only a doctor, I also like to: Be with my family; my husband Tommy and my 2 year old son, Locke. We love being outdoors or playing sports.
To get myself motivated I think of: Everything I’ve overcome to be here today.
The hours I spend warm and cozy with a book I’m reading: I just finished Little Fires Everywhere, but I’m a fan of Stephen King.
With popcorn in hand, the movie I’m watching is: A Knight’s Tale
Without a DVR on my cable box I’d miss (or I’m in front of the TV so I won’t miss): Dancing with the Stars
On my iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad, etc. I listen to: All genres! But some favorites include Matchbox 20, Drake, Taylor Swift, and Jack Johnson
When friends and family come visit me in Little Rock, I want to take them to: Local Lime… yum!!
I chose the UAMS Pediatrics Residency Program because it’s wonderful and…: the people. Everyone is so welcoming and fun to be around!