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College of Medicine

Allergy & Immunology

The goals of the Allergy and Immunology Division are to provide state-of-the-art clinical care to children; offer comprehensive educational opportunities to patients, their families, and physicians; and conduct cutting-edge research related to allergic and immunologic diseases.

The Allergy and Immunology Division employs a team approach to provide full-service inpatient and outpatient care to children with allergic disease and immunodeficiency disorders. These sub-specialists provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for conditions such as asthma, food and drug allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, insect sting allergies, and immunodeficiency disorders. The medical professionals work in partnership with local and regional physicians to manage these diseases by offering prompt feedback and open partnerships.

Basic, clinical and applied health research programs within the Allergy and Immunology Division focus on three broad areas including asthma and respiratory disease, food allergy, and primary immunodeficiency disorders. Tobacco Settlement Funds are being used to expand research of respiratory disease in the newly established Lung Cell Biology Laboratory with the primary goal to advance therapy for asthma and other respiratory conditions by understanding the cellular and molecular processes of disease.

Faculty Members:

Tamara T. Perry, M.D. – Section Chief

Tamara T. Perry, M.D.

Tamara T. Perry, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Dr. Perry holds the Dr. & Mrs. Leeman King Endowed Chair in Pediatric Allery and is a researcher at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
Dr. Perry received her M.D. in 1997 from the UAMS and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2001. She completed Allergy and Immunology Fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She joined the faculty of UAMS in August 2004. In addition to serving as Chief of the Division of Allergy/Immunology, she also serves as the Medical Director of Telemedicine at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Perry treats patients with allergic and immunologic disorders including asthma, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis and primary immunodeficiency. She also has clinical and research interests in asthma, food allergy, and health disparities. Her research focuses on reducing health disparities, improving health outcomes for children in underserved communities, and integration of technology-based solutions such as telemedicine and mobile applications in healthcare.

Dr. Perry is a member of many professional societies. She is an At-Large member of the Board of Directors and Fellow of the American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology, a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Pediatric Academic Society. She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and enthusiastically contributes to the education of residents and medical students at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sheva Chervinskiy, D.O.

Sheva K. Chervinskiy, D.O., M.S.

Sheva Chervinskiy, D.O. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Dr. Chervinskiy received her D.O. in 2010 from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and completed a Pediatrics residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2013. She completed Allergy and Immunology Fellowship training at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the faculty of UAMS in October 2015. She also serves as the Medical Director of the UAMS Allergy Clinic. She is active in clinical research through her involvement with clinical operations for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (ISPCTN).Dr. Chervinskiy treats pediatric and adult patients with allergic and immunologic disorders including chronic rhinosinusitis, drug allergy, chronic urticaria, asthma, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, venom allergy and primary immunodeficiency.

Dr. Chervinskiy is a member of many professional societies. She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and Clinical Immunology Society (CIS). She eagerly contributes to the education of residents and medical students at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

 

Stacie Jones, M.D.

Stacie M. Jones, M.D.

Stacie M. Jones, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics in Allergy and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jones is also a researcher at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Jones received her medical degree in 1989 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed her Pediatrics residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 1992. She completed Allergy and Immunology Fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She joined the faculty of UAMS in 1994.

Dr. Jones treats patients with allergic and immunologic disorders including asthma, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, drug allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis, and primary immunodeficiency. Her research focuses on both clinical and translational investigation of food allergy and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, in particular in finding new therapies and improving understanding of disease.

Dr. Jones also has a long-standing research interest in asthma and lung disease. Dr. Jones is a member of many professional societies including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Academic Society, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Thoracic Society and serves on the research advisory board of the Food Allergy Research and Education organization. She has published multiple scientific manuscripts, review articles and book chapters and enthusiastically contributes to the education of residents and medical students at UAMS.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joshua Kennedy, M.D.

Joshua L. Kennedy, M.D.

Josh Kennedy, MD, is an assistant professor of Allergy and Immunology for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He is also a researcher at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Kennedy received his medical degree in 2006 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He completed Allergy and Immunology Fellowship training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He joined the faculty at ACH/UAMS in July 2013, where he is a member of the Division of Pediatric Allergy/ Immunology.

Dr. Kennedy’s clinical interests include allergic and immunologic diseases such as asthma, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, and primary immunodeficiency. His research interests are focused on asthma and the effects of the common cold virus, rhinovirus. He is particularly interested in mucosal immune responses to rhinovirus that may synergize with allergic disease. Dr. Kennedy is a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Allergy-Immunology.

Diana Munoz-Mendoza, M.D.

Diana Munoz-Mendoza, M.D.

Diana Munoz-Mendoza, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Munoz-Mendoza contributes also as clinical investigator at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute.

Dr. Munoz-Mendoza received her medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico and completed her Pediatric Residency and Allergy and Immunology Fellowship in same institution. After immigrating to USA, she trained in pediatrics at the New York State University at Buffalo. In 2019, she completed her Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA.

Dr. Munoz-Mendoza joined the UAMS faculty in August 2019 as a member of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. Dr Munoz-Mendoza treats patients with allergic and immunologic diseases such as food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, drug allergy, chronic urticaria, and primary immunodeficiency. She speaks Spanish fluently. Her interests are disorders of the immune system, and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Robert Pesek, M.D.

Robert D. Pesek, M.D.

Robbie Pesek, MD, is an Associate Professor of Allergy and Immunology and Pediatrics for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He is also the medical director for the Allergy, Severe Asthma, and Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Clinics at ACH.

Dr. Pesek received his bachelor of science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and completed his medical degree at UAMS. He completed his Pediatric residency at ACH and training in Allergy/Immunology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He joined the faculty at ACH in 2011.

Dr. Pesek is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. His current research interests include asthma, food allergies, as well as eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders.

 

 

Amy Scurlock, M.D.

Amy M. Scurlock, M.D.

Amy M. Scurlock, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Scurlock is also a researcher at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
Dr. Scurlock received her M.D. in 1998 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at UAMS/ACH in 2001 and served as Chief Resident until 2002. She completed her Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham North Carolina in 2004. Dr. Scurlock joined the UAMS faculty in August 2004 as a member of the Division of Pediatric Allergy/Immunology within the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Scurlock’s clinical interests include allergic and immunologic diseases such as food allergy, atopic dermatitis, eosinophilic esophagitis and primary immunodeficiency. She also has interest in newborn screening and long-term follow-up for infants with SCID and T-cell lymphopenia. Her research interests are focused on evaluation of mucosal immune responses in models of food allergy and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders.
Dr. Scurlock is a member of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), Society for Mucosal Immunology, Society for Pediatric Research, Clinical Immunology Society, and American Academy of Pediatrics. She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Allergy-Immunology.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chanchaldeep “Amika” Sood, M.D.

Chanchaldeep Sood

Amika Sood, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sood is also a researcher at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute.

Dr. Sood received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2012. She then completed her Pediatrics residency in 2015 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital after which she served as Chief Resident until 2016. Her Allergy and Immunology Fellowship training was completed in 2019 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Sood then joined the UAMS faculty in August 2019 as a member of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

Dr. Sood cares for patients with an array of allergic and immunologic diseases such as food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), drug allergy, chronic urticaria (hives), and primary immunodeficiency.

She is particularly interested in clinical immunology and newborn screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) while her research interests include investigating new therapeutic agents for food allergy. Dr. Sood is actively engaged in the education of trainees at all levels, including medical students, residents, and fellows at UAMS. She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), Clinical Immunology Society (CIS), and American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

 

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses:

Peggy Chandler, APRN

Peggy Chandler

Peggy Chandler, APRN, is a Pediatric Advanced Practice Nurse with Allergy and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She also participates in research at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Ms. Chandler received her bachelor of nursing science degree and her masters of nursing science advanced practice degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She became a member of the Division of Allergy and Immunology in 1999 working as a specialty registered nurse until 2012. She joined the Faculty at UAMS as an Advanced Practice Nurse in 2012.

Ms. Chandler is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She treats patients with allergic disorders including asthma, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, and allergic rhinitis. Her current research interests include eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, food allergies, and primary immunodeficiency.

 

 

 

Anne Hiegel, APRN

Anne Hiegel

Anne Hiegel, APRN, is a Pediatric Advanced Practice Nurse with Allergy and Immunology at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Ms. Hiegel received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Saint Louis University in 1985. She became a member of the Division of Allergy and Immunology in 1995 working as a specialty nurse. She worked as a senior clinical research coordinator in the division’s food allergy research program from 1995 to 2016. After receiving her masters of nursing science from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, she joined the faculty at ACH in 2017. Ms. Hiegel specializes in diagnostic testing and therapeutic interventions for the treatment of food allergy.

Ms. Hiegel is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). She is a nationally certified asthma educator. She treats patients with allergic disorders including asthma, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis and drug allergy. She has research interests aimed to advance therapies for children with food allergies.

 

 

 

Office Administration:

Donna K Miller, Office Manager, PEDS Allergy/Immunology Section

Contact Information: 501-364-4092/dkmiller@uams.edu

 

 

 

Additional Web links:

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention