Elizabeth Sellars, M.D.

Elizabeth Sellars, M.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Sellars is Section Chief of Genetics and Metabolism at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH).  She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics & Metabolism at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and ACH. She is the medical director of the INSTEP clinic for children with differences in sexual differentiation and development. She is co-medical director for the Neurofibromatosis clinic. She is co-director of the UAMS Genetic Counseling program. She is the medical director of the Arkansas Reproductive Health Monitoring System for birth defect tracking in Arkansas.

Dr. Sellars received a B.S. in Biology from Davidson College in North Carolina in 2002 and earned her medical degree from UAMS in 2007. She completed a combined residency in pediatrics and genetics from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2012. She is dual board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and The American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics.  Dr. Sellars is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics as well as American Academy of Pediatrics.

Primary Clinical Interests: General Genetics, Disorders of Sexual Differentiation, Neurofibromatosis, Pediatric Hereditary Cancer.

Meet the Faculty

Geneticists:

Thomas Burrow

Thomas Andrew Burrow, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Andrew Burrow was born in Arkansas, obtained his Bachelor of Science at the University of Central Arkansas in 1999 and graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with his Medical Doctorate in 2003.  He completed a combined pediatrics/clinical genetics residency, followed by a medical biochemical genetics fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2009.  Upon graduation, he remained in Cincinnati, practicing as a clinical and medical biochemical genetics as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Dr. Burrow moved to Little Rock in 2016 and began practicing as a clinical and medical biochemical geneticist as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics.  His particular area of interests continues to involve the management of genetic disorders, particularly inborn errors of metabolism, including lysosomal storage diseases.  He also maintains an active research program, focusing on natural history and clinical trials, specifically related to the lysosomal storage diseases, particularly Gaucher disease.

In his career, Dr. Burrow has had a number of publications, including book chapters and scientific journal articles related to his areas of interest.  Dr. Burrow is considered an international expert on the diagnosis and management of lysosomal storage diseases, specifically Gaucher disease, and has lectured throughout the world on his experience in management of individuals with this condition.  He is also involved with teaching medical students, residents, and genetic counseling students, specifically regarding inborn errors of metabolism. Dr. Burrow is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (clinical and medical biochemical genetics) and the American Board of Pediatrics.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

Gerald Shaefer

Bradley Schaefer, M.D.

Dr. Schaefer is a Professor of Pediatrics, Genetics and Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was the Founding Director of the Division of Medical Genetics. He was the Chief of the Section of Genetics and Metabolism in the Department of Pediatrics at UAMS from 2008 – 2017. He was the inaugural holder of the Committee for the Future Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics. He has been the Medical Director of the Genetic Counseling Training program at UAMS for over 18 years.

He has achieved board certification in Pediatrics, Human Genetics, and Pediatric Endocrinology. He is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of the American Pediatric Society.

He has authored over 250 scientific articles, book chapters, and invited reviews. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Neurology, and sits on the National Advisory Board for the Sotos Syndrome Support Association.

His clinical and research interests focus on the genetics of neurodevelopmental, neurosensory and neurobehavioral disorders; craniofacial genetics, medical transition for Children with Special Health Care needs; Tele-genetics services; and Newborn Screening follow up and infrastructure.

Yuri Zarate

Yuri A. Zarate, M.D.

Dr Zarate obtained his Medical degree from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia. He completed a residency in Pediatric Human Genetics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. After working at the Greenwood Genetic Center as an Assistant Clinical Geneticist, Dr Zarate joined Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2013 as faculty.  Dr Zarate participates in the evaluation and treatment of individuals of all ages with birth defects, intellectual disabilities and other genetic disorders. He is also involved with teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and genetic counseling students. Areas of particular interest include connective tissue disorders and craniofacial anomalies. Through Dr Zarate’s leadership, Arkansas Children’s Hospital hosts the only multidisciplinary international SATB2-Associated syndrome clinic in the United States. Dr Zarate has published extensively on different aspects regarding this syndrome and actively leads and collaborates on several ongoing research projects.

Dr Zarate is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (2009) and the American Board of Pediatrics (2008).  He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and an active member of the American Medical Association.

Genetic Counselors

Brina DanielsBrina Daniels, M.S., LCGC

Brina is originally from California. She first heard about Genetic Counseling in 7th grade and became interested in it again when taking a Genetics class in college. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Bioethics and then attended the Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Oklahoma for Health Sciences Center and graduated in 2013. She has worked as a Pediatric Genetic Counselor since graduating and participates in general genetics clinic as well as Neurofibromatosis clinic and the Cancer Predisposition Clinic. She is involved with supervising the students in the Genetic Counseling program at UAMS. She is married and has one child. She enjoys spending time with family, embroidering and watching TV.

Jennifer CampbellJennifer Campbell, M.S., GC

Jennifer holds a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. As a pediatric genetic counselor, Jennifer works with children and families with a variety of health concerns to provide genetic risk assessment and identification of hereditary conditions, coordinate genetic testing, and educate patients and families regarding future concerns and medical management options. She loves pediatrics and is involved in general genetic clinics as well as specialty clinics including Neurofibromatosis and the Jonesboro outreach clinic. Jennifer is originally from Jonesboro and especially loves working to expand care to patients in more rural areas of the state. Before becoming a genetic counselor, she had a career as a Forensic DNA Analyst at the Arkansas State Crime Lab, where she had a passion for helping individuals in her community. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, and spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and exploring.

Kelsey JohnsonKelsey Johnson, M.S., LCGC

Kelsey is originally from Quakertown, Pennsylvania. She first learned about genetic counseling during an internship at Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Risk Assessment Program while getting her undergraduate degree. She graduated from Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2016. She then received her Master of Science degree in Human Genetics from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College in 2018. Kelsey is passionate about pediatric genetics which prompted her move to Little Rock, Arkansas to work as a pediatric genetic counselor at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. At ACH she works in the general genetics clinic and various multidisciplinary clinics including the disorders of sexual development clinic and neurofibromatosis clinic. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, doing trivia with friends, and staying active with yoga and cycling.

Katie BosankoKatie Bosanko, M.S., LCGC

Katie is originally from Greenwood, South Carolina where she became interested in Genetic Counseling due to her close proximity to the Greenwood Genetic Center. She graduated from Carson-Newman College in East Tennessee with a BA degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2008. She then graduated from the genetic counseling program at the University of Cincinnati in 2012 (where her training was focused at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center). After graduate school, she moved to Little Rock to work as a pediatric Genetic Counselor at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She loves pediatrics and is involved in general genetic clinics as well as specialty clinics including Hearing Impairment, Craniomaxillofacial, and Neurofibromatosis. She also teaches and supervises students in the Genetic Counseling program at UAMS. She is married and has 2 sons. She enjoys being with family and friends, traveling, and gardening.

Specialty Nurse

Tiffany MooreTiffany Moore, B.S.N., RN, CPN

Tiffany has been with the Genetics team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 2012 and became the Genetics Specialty Nurse in 2017.  She received her BS in Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR.  She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse and is a member of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Ambulatory Council and the Quality and Safety committee. Tiffany serves as the Specialty Nurse for the entire Genetics department with a primary focus on Lysosomal Disorders. She enjoys caring for patients and working with the Genetics team in all aspects of the process.

 

Metabolic Nutritionists

Renee BethelRenee Bethel, M.S., RD, LD

Renee has been at Arkansas Children’s Hospital for her entire professional career. She has been a member of the Genetics team since 2009. She received her BS in Home Economics with emphasis in Dietetics from the University of Central Arkansas. She completed a Dietetic Internship and Master’s Degree in Pediatric Nutrition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  She is registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed with the state of Arkansas. She is a member of Genetic Metabolic Dietitians International and serves on the Editorial Committee. She is also a member of the Association for Glycogen Storage Disease. Renee loves taking care of patients with Inborn Errors of Metabolism. She thrives on the challenges presented with this patient group, from pre-natal/pregnancy counseling thru the life cycle. She has seen the advances in Newborn Screening and treatment over the past decades and hopes to be a contributing member of the metabolic team for a few more years and challenges.

Brandi NicholsBrandi Nichols, RD, CSP, LD

Brandi has been at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 2002 and a member of the Genetics team since 2005. She received her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as completed her Dietetic Internship at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition. She maintains memberships in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, and Genetic Metabolic Dietitians International. She has served in several board positions for the Arkansas affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of the annual meeting planning committee. Brandi contributes to the metabolic team by providing medical nutrition therapy for patients with inborn errors of metabolism, coordinating care for infants with abnormal newborn screenings, and navigating insurance coverage for medically necessary components of treatment. She appreciates the consistency and challenges of following patients across the life cycle and being an integral part of their medical care team.

Newborn Screening Staff

JoAnn Bolick, B.S.N., M.A., APN, CPNP
Newborn Screening Program Director

Barbara Holcombe, B.S.N., RN
Newborn Screening Coordinator

Krista Heird, B.S.N., RN, RN-BC
Newborn Screening Coordinator

Administrative Staff

Practice Director
Tiffany Edwards, CMPE

Business Coordinator
Deanna Hardin

Genetic Counselor Assistant