In Memory of Eldon Schulz, M.D.


Eldon Schulz, M.D.

Dr. Schulz received his medical degree at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his pediatrics residency at the University of California, San Diego and continued his training with a developmental/ambulatory pediatric fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. For the next six years Dr. Schulz practiced as a civil servant for the U.S. military in the Exceptional Family Member Program in Heidelberg, Germany.

Dr. Schulz joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in 1991 and received an additional appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation three years later. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and to Professor in 2005.

Dr. Schulz served as Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 2001. He was Section Chief for Developmental-Behavioral and Rehabilitative Pediatrics for the majority of his UAMS career, and previously served as Medical Director of the Dennis Developmental Center, in 1992-1999 and 2011-2012. In 2008 Dr. Schulz was invested as the inaugural recipient of the Rockefeller Endowed Chair for Children with Special Needs at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He led grant-funded initiatives that improve the lives of children, including the Arkansas Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program and the Community-Based Autism Liaison and Treatment (CoBALT) project. Dr. Schulz served our state in innumerable other ways, including many years as Medical Director for the Arkansas Division of Developmental Services, Medical Director of the Arkansas Title V Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs, and Medical Director for the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center.

We lost Eldon in June 2018, but his legacy will forever be respected and cherished in our Section. His passions for interdisciplinary care and community advocacy continue to inform and inspire the work we do. The LEND program within our Section established the Eldon Schulz Service Awards to recognize current and future leaders in our state dedicated to providing outstanding service, and advocating for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Eldon Schulz Award Winners:Dr Eldon Schulz

Faculty Award Winners
Elizabeth Cleveland, ABD, CCC-SLP

David Deere, MSW, MTh

Trainee Award Winners
Chayla Slaton, MS

Andrew Cope, MHA

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