Lawrence Quang, M.D.

Lawrence Quang, M.D.

Greetings and welcome to the Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pharmacology & Toxicology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences! It is my pleasure to introduce you to our Section. We are a dynamic, vibrant, academic Section, growing and expanding on four foundational pillars: operational adeptness, quality & innovation, education & scholarship, and wellness.

Operationally, our Pediatric Emergency Department resides in one of the largest freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, which has 336 beds and three ICUs. Our faculty cares for over 65,000 annual visits and accounts for greater than 65% of all hospital admissions. We are the only pediatric emergency department in Arkansas with a Level 1 Trauma Center. We have a state-of-the-art 38-bed unit, including four large trauma and resuscitation bays and capability for ECMO. Our team includes a talented cadre of 35 physicians, five APRNs, nine pediatric emergency medicine fellows, one pediatric emergency medicine ultrasound fellow, two research coordinators, and outstanding administrative support staff plus a fellowship Program Coordinator.  Our group of four pharmacology & toxicology faculty admits approximately 300 patients per year to our own inpatient service and performs about 300 inpatient pharmacology-toxicology consultations per year throughout the hospital.

We are committed to quality & innovation. We are starting two new clinical programs to increase ED throughput and enhance the experience for our patients and their families. Specifically, in the fall of 2020, we are starting a new onsite urgent care unit as well as a telemedicine program to help decompress the emergency department in real-time during periods of overcrowding in the waiting room. 

We also aspire to the highest levels of education and scholarship. Arkansas Children’s Hospital has one of the largest pediatrics residencies in the country, and our faculty trains nearly 100 residents in pediatrics and combined internal medicine/pediatrics. We also train rotating residents in emergency medicine, family medicine, and anesthesiology residencies from central and NW Arkansas. We have an established pediatric emergency medicine fellowship with a total of nine fellows. And this past July 2020, we accepted our first pediatric emergency medicine ultrasound fellow!  We are recruiting additional toxicology faculty to start a medical toxicology fellowship.  So in the near future, we will have three fellowship programs. This past year our fellows presented their research at such prestigious academic venues as the Pediatric Academic Societies and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Also this past year, our faculty were successful in obtaining a competitive COVID-19 research grant from the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute as well as a $2.3 million NIH multicenter grant seeking to study salivary biomarkers in pediatric traumatic brain injury with next-generation sequencing. Our Section is especially well-published in the areas of simulation medicine and toxicology.

Lastly, we enjoy wonderful relationships as a work family. During the past year and a half, we have added 10 new faculty with virtually no faculty turnover, and we will add three more faculty members in July of 2021. Outside of work, Arkansas is a state rich in natural resources, with the Ozark Mountains and Buffalo National River to the North, the Ouachita Mountains and Lake to the west, and the Mississippi River delta to the east/southeast, and many pristine rivers and lakes in between, and as such, is nicknamed “The Natural State.” Many faculty and I enjoy the beautiful Arkansas outdoors during our free time. I am able to pursue many of my recreational hobbies, such as rock climbing, fly fishing for large brown trout, camping, stand-up paddleboarding, and mountain biking, all within the borders of Arkansas. Being in the center of the state, we are within a 3-hour drive to any of these recreational venues. And the foodie scene in Little Rock is phenomenal and the cost of living is extremely affordable.

Thank you for visiting with us, and please contact us if you wish to learn more about the faculty and training opportunities available in our Section.

Lawrence S. Quang, M.D.
Professor and Division Chief