Director’s Message

Joana Mack, M.D., Program Director

Joana Mack, M.D., Program Director

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital! With the support of our faculty, nurses, fellowship coordinator, and so many others, you will get GREAT training here.

The Section of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology has a long and proud history at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Dasilee Berry was one of the first Board Certified Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist and began the program in Arkansas in 1964. The current Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Dr. David Becton is the second leader at Arkansas Children’s in the history of the program.

We diagnose more than 100 new patients with various cancers a year.  We provide comprehensive care to these patients with complete support including Critical Care, Cardiology, Renal, Radiation Therapy, Laboratory and Blood Bank Support, Pediatric Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology, and Neuro-Oncology.

The Bleeding Disorders and Thrombosis Clinic follows more than 150 patients with Hemophilia and 250 patients with von Willebrand’s disease.  We also see on average more than 24 new thrombophilia patients a year. Our hemoglobinopathies program follows more than 400 patients with Sickle Cell disease and other disorders. We are heavily involved in our world-renown comprehensive Vascular Anomalies program. Our Innovative Cancer Therapeutics program offers more and more phase I/II studies in order for patients to get the specific care they need here in Arkansas.

We have a large Southeast Asian population and the largest group of Marshallese Islanders outside the Marshall Islands in Arkansas. These ethnic groups add diversity to our complex Red Blood Cell Disorders group.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is one of the largest free-standing children’s hospitals in the nation. We have a dedicated clinic and inpatient facility for our patients.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Joana M. Mack, M.D.
Fellowship Program Director