Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Fellowship Program! We are excited to share some information with you about our fellowship, so you can understand the comprehensive, quality training we can provide you in PCCM, here in Arkansas!

The mission of our PCCM fellowship training program here at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital is to train physicians with the cognitive and technical skills necessary to serve as skilled clinicians, competent educators, and scholars. The goals of our program include:

  1. Education of fellows to understand, treat, and instruct on the biology of acute, life-threatening disease and injury
  2. Develop skills needed to provide end-of-life care to patients and families
  3. Provide education necessary to develop cognitive and technical skills in order to prepare fellows to serve as skilled clinicians and competent educators, and
  4. Teach fellows to independently design and conduct scholarly research.

The majority of clinical experience for fellows occurs in the PICU at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  Fellows also rotate through the CVICU, Anesthesia, and Sedation service.  Additionally, fellows are offered electives in a variety of clinical settings including transport medicine, clinical toxicology, renal replacement therapy, cardiology (ECHO, EKG, and cath), to name a few.

The Section of Critical Care Medicine is actively involved within the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators, Society for Pediatric Sedation, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, American College of Graduate Medical Education, and American Heart Association.  This networking allows for scholarly advancement for all fellows and participation in multi-institutional studies.  Each fellow chooses a research project based on his or her own interests and gradually more time per year is devoted to research throughout the three-year program. Each fellow develops a Scholarship Oversight committee, consisting of faculty that assist the fellow in developing and implementing a research project, with the goal of presenting this project regionally or nationally and having a manuscript or other ABP-approved scholarly work product for submission by the end of training.

We are excited that you are interested in applying to our PCCM fellowship program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!


Katherine Irby, MD and Matt Malone, MD

Critical Care Faculty

Fourteen Board-certified pediatric intensivists comprise the primary teaching staff for the fellowship program. Four of these faculty members are cardiac intensivists who attend in both CVICU and PICU.

Fellowship Directors

Katherine Irby, M.D.
Katherine Irby, M.D.
Matthew Malone, M.D.
Matthew P. Malone, M.D.


Steve Schexnayder, M.D.
Steve Schexnayder, M.D.
Pete Mourani M.D.
Pete Mourani, M.D.
MOSS Michele (lab)
Michele Moss, M.D.
Parthak Prodhan, M.D., MBA, FCCM, FAAP
Ronald Sanders, M.D.
Ronald Sanders, M.D.

Associate Professors

Abdallah Dalabih, M.D.
Abdallah Dalabih, M.D., MBA
Xiomara Garcia, M.D.
Xiomara Garcia-Casal, M.D.
Sanjiv Pasala, M.D.
Michael Stroud, M.D.
Michael H. Stroud, M.D.

Assistant Professors

Courtney Cox
Courtney Cox, M.D.
Deidre Wyrick, M.D.
Deidre Wyrick, M.D., Surgical Intensivist
Erin Bennett
Erin Bennett, M.D.
Rupal Bhakta-Grammer, M.D.
Rupal Bhakta-Grammer, M.D.
Kristen Long, M.D.
Kristen Long, M.D.


Other Faculty
The ACH/UAMS pediatric faculty includes over 200 faculty members representing virtually every pediatric subspecialty, including Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Hematology-Oncology, Pharmacology, Rheumatology, and Emergency Medicine physicians. Surgical specialists include cardiovascular surgeons, pediatric surgeons, pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric urologists and pediatric otolaryngologists. Critical support physicians for the intensivists include pediatric radiologists, pediatric anesthesiologists, and pediatric pathologists.