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Jaimie Flor M.D., Angie Scott, M.D., Ph.D., Kim Macferran, M.D., Paulette Wy, M.D., Maya Lopez, M.D., Jill Fussell, M.D., seated

Welcome to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, and Rehabilitative Medicine. Our clinical, educational, advocacy, and research activities are integrated into the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI), and in consultation with Arkansas’ Department of Human Services. Since ACH is the sole pediatric tertiary, quaternary, and specialty care center in Arkansas and segments of the surrounding states, we serve a large, diverse population.

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The combined sections of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation within the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine share a mission of advocacy and service for children and families with developmental and/or physical medicine conditions. Our clinicians specialize in the diagnosis and consultative guidance to help children and families affected by developmental/physical impairments reach their full potential. Developmental/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary group of sub-specialist physicians providing evidence-based evaluation and treatment, and committed to improving services for our population of patients and families statewide. We help children achieve their highest level of independence, connect families with supports and services needed to get there, and help mitigate the interferences to that trajectory of progress. Whatever developmental or rehabilitative challenges our patients and families are facing and whatever their current understanding of that is, we meet families were they are and work forward from there, navigating the home, school, and community environments to achieve the highest degree of functionality and of success, and to live out happy lives at their fullest potential.

Research Programs

Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation faculty are active in research and also participate in Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved research projects individually and collaboratively. Our section is currently a funded site through the CDC Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) program, conducting national surveillance research for autism spectrum disorder. We have also been funded for several decades now, as a Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Training Grant program. LEND engages faculty and trainees from ~15 different disciplines that touch the developmental disability community, in case-based and clinical training that is quite unique, with some cross-training exposure among disciplines, leadership and research experiences. See www.armslend.org for additional information about the regional LEND program in AR and Mississippi we have been leading since 2008.  Within Rehabilitative medicine, faculty are involved in research collaborations with neurology, genetics, and psychology, including clinical treatment trials. In our partnership with DHS, we staff a clinical outreach program that canvasses the entire state, and we provide training and support to a network of primary care providers screening and evaluating children across the state with suspected autism spectrum and/or developmental delay, through our CoBALT (Community-Based Autism Liaison and Treatment) program (www.cobaltar.org).

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Esther Tompkins, D.O., Laura Hobart-Porter, D.O., Vikki Steffans, M.D.

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