In 2013, Clinical Informatics was recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) as a formal medical subspecialty. Clinical Informatics is the application of computer science and information/communications technology to deliver healthcare services. It includes a wide range of topics ranging from clinical decision support to visual images (e.g. radiological, pathological, dermatological, ophthalmological, etc); from clinical documentation to provider order entry systems; and from system design to system implementation and adoption issues. Formalizing the Clinical Informatics specialty became a necessity in light of the increasing adoption of healthcare information technology (HIT) and the value of improving the quality and safety of care using these emerging HIT tools.

The science of Informatics drives the innovation that define future approaches to information and knowledge management in biomedical research, clinical care, and public health. Informatics researchers develop, introduce, and evaluate new biomedically motivated methods in areas as diverse as data mining (deriving new knowledge from large databases), natural language or text processing, cognitive science, human interface design, decision support, databases, and algorithms for analyzing large amounts of data generated in public health, clinical research, or genomics/proteomics. The science of informatics is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on (and contributing to) a large number of other component fields, including computer science, decision science, information science, management science, cognitive science, and organizational theory.

Physicians who practice Clinical Informatics collaborate with other health care and information technology professionals to analyze, design, implement and evaluate information and communication systems that enhance individual and population health outcomes, improve patient care, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship. Clinical Informaticians use their knowledge of patient care combined with their understanding of informatics concepts, methods, and tools to assess information and knowledge needs of healthcare professionals and patients; characterize, evaluate, and refine clinical processes; develop, implement, and refine clinical decision support systems; and lead or participate in the procurement, customization, development, implementation, management, evaluation, and continuous improvement of clinical information systems.

UAMS Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program – is an ACGME-accredited fellowship program. Today, there are over 40 ACGME accredited Clinical Informatics Training programs in the country and UAMS is among the pioneering programs for this medical subspecialty training program.


Clinical Informatics Faculty Group

Division of Clinical Informatics, Department of Pediatrics, UAMS College of Medicine


Faculty Members:

Ashley R. Antipolo, M.D.Ashley Antipolo coat
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UAMS
Associate Medical Information Officer, Arkansas Children’s Hospital




James S. Magee, M.D.Jimmy Magee coat
Professor of Pediatrics, UAMS
Associate Medical Information Officer, Arkansas Children’s Hospital




Joe Thompson, M.D.

Joe Thompson, M.D. 
Professor of Pediatrics, UAMS
President & CEO, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement




Donnal C. Walter, M.D., Ph.D.Donnal Walter coat
Professor of Pediatrics, UAMS
Associate Medical Information Officer, Arkansas Children’s Hospital




Pele Yu coatFeliciano B. Yu, Jr., M.D., MSHI, MSPH – Section Chief
Professor of Pediatrics, Biomedical Informatics and Public Health, UAMS
Chief Medical Information Officer, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Director, UAMS Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program




Clinical Informatics Fellows

Dr. Daniel Liu

Daniel Liu, M.D.
Pediatrics Residency: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Clinical Informatics Fellow  (2020-2022)



Dr. Lori Wong

Lori Wong, M.D.
Public Health & General Preventive Medicine Residency: University of Kentucky College of Medicine Program
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
UAMS Medical Center Clinical Informatics Fellow (2020-2022)


Clinical and Research Computing Unit

Ahmed AbuHalimeh


Ahmed AbuHalimeh, Ph.D.
Research Informatics Program Manager
Arkansas Children’s Hospital



Dr. Dan Sobkoviak


Dan Sobkoviak, B.S.
Data Analytics and Software Development Architect
Section of Clinical Informatics, Department of Pediatrics, UAMS




Medical Informatics Specialty Leadership (MISL) Program

The MISL Program is a provider-led initiative that cultivate clinician engagement and leadership in medical informatics activities for the shared organization. The MISL program aims to ensure that the informatics and technology tools systems support HIT system usability, clinical decision-making, as well as the improvement of the quality and safety of care at the medical subspecialty level. MISLs have dedicated their precious time to learn and contribute to the continuous advancement of care delivery using health informatics and technology.

  • Alicia Cook, CNP – Neurosurgery
  • Amit Agarwal, MD – Pulmonology
  • Andre Wineland, MD – Otolaryngology
  • Andrew Burrow, MD – Genetics
  • Andrew Heath, DDS – Dentistry
  • Angela Chandler, MD – Neonatology
  • Ashay Patel, DO – Urology
  • Ashley Antipolo, MD – Adolescent Medicine (Lead MISL)
  • Betsy Aronson, CNP – Orthopedic Surgery
  • Brandi Whitaker, PhD – Psychology
  • Brendan Crawford, MD – Nephrology
  • Brita Rook, MD – Ophthalmology
  • Brittany Slagle, DO – Hospitalist
  • Chenia Eubanks, MD – General and Community Pediatrics
  • Deepak Choudhary, MD – Emergency Medicine/Toxicology
  • Emily Davis, CNP – Pulmonology
  • Fernando Vargas, MD – Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine
  • Haleigh Shumate, MD – Infectious Disease
  • Jaimie Flor, MD – Developmental Pediatrics
  • Jeffrey Burford, MD – Surgery and Trauma Surgery
  • Jon Oden, MD – Endocrinology
  • Julia Killingsworth, MD – Hospitalist
  • Kandi Stallings-Archer, MD – Pathology
  • Kathryn (Kate) Stambough, MD – Gynecology
  • Michael Angtuaco, MD – Cardiology
  • Paul Manbeck, MD – Neurology
  • Rachel Clingenpeel, MD – Child Maltreatment and TCAR
  • Sam Boston, MD – Gastroenterology
  • Sanjiv Pasala, MD – Critical Care
  • Seth Sorenson, PhD – Neuropsychology
  • Sheva Chervinskiy, DO – Allergy-Immunology
  • Spencer Lewis, MD – Radiology
  • Suzanne Saccente, MD – Hematology-Oncology
  • Whit Robben, MD – Anesthesia


EHR Provider Builder Program

The EHR Provider Builder Program aims to increase provider involvement in the ongoing optimization of the electronic health record (EHR) system. Provider Builders (PB) undergo rigorous training in the EHR configuration and design and have received certification from the EHR vendor’s training program. Our PBs are partnered with Information Services Analysts and they work together to optimize and improve the usability and accuracy of the EHR. The PBs contribute their clinical and informatics expertise throughout all the phases of the EHR development, from the design, build, testing, production and maintenance of specific informatics project artifacts.

  • Ashay Patel, MD – Advanced PB Certification                     
  • Ashley Antipolo, MD – Advanced PB Certification                             
  • Ashley Ross, MD – Advanced PB Certification      
  • Chuck Bower, MD – Advanced PB Certification                   
  • Donnal Walter, MD – Advanced, Analytics, and Orders PB Certification (Co-lead PB)
  • Jared Beavers, MD – Advanced and Analytics PB Certification (Lead PB)
  • Jeff Burford, MD – Advanced PB Certification      
  • Jimmy Magee, MD – Advanced, Analytics, and Orders PB Certification
  • John Carroll, MD – Advanced and Analytics PB Certification
  • Kandi Stallings-Archer, MD – Advanced and Analytics PB Certification
  • Michael Angtuaco, MD – Advanced PB Certification         
  • Pele Yu, MD – Advanced and Analytics PB Certification    
  • Sheva Chervinskiy, MD – Advanced PB Certification         
  • Thomas Nienaber, MD – Advanced and Analytics PB Certification
  • Timothy Onarecker, MD – Advanced PB Certification   
  • Whit Robben, MD – Advanced PB Certification