Message from the Director

Jessica Snowden 1

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Division provides inpatient and outpatient care for children of all ages at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and at the Arkansas Children’s Northwest campus. Our team includes nationally recognized experts in clinical care, award-winning teachers, and leaders in pediatric research that are helping advance the health of children around the world. Our physicians also serve in leadership roles throughout the hospital, in Infection Prevention, Occupational Health, and Antimicrobial Stewardship, to help the Arkansas Children’s team deliver the highest quality care to the children of Arkansas. All of our physicians are board-certified in Pediatric Infectious Disease and will work with patients, families, and providers to manage a wide range of acute and chronic infections.



Meet the Faculty:

Zain I. Alamarat, M.D.
Zain I. Alamarat, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Archana Balamohan
Archana Balamohan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Heather Young, M.D., M.Sc.
Assistant Professor
Holly Maples
Holly Maples, Pharm. D.
Associate Professor
Jose Romero
Jose Romero, M.D.
Kimberly E. Stephens
Kimberly E. Stephens, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Stephen Dahl, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Tim Onarecker
Tim Onarecker, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Additional Team Members:

Haleigh Shumate, APRN is the newest addition to the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases team with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  With over 5 1/2 years of PICU experience, Haleigh joined our team in August 2018.

Pat Brady, BSN, RN, CCRP, CPN has 28 years of nursing experience and is nationally certified as a Certified Clinical Research Profession and a Certified Pediatric Nurse.  She has been with ACH since 2004 and with the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases section since August 2016.

Beck Gibson, BSN, RN, CPN is a specialty nurse for the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She began her career at ACH in 2011 on the Intermediate Care Unit and joined the Infectious Diseases team in January 2016. Beck is a Nationally Certified Pediatric Nurse.

Lisa Chapple, RN, CPN has been at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 1983.  Lisa has been a specialty nurse with the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases team since 2014 and is a Nationally Certified Pediatric Nurse.


Office Administration:

Marjorie Plichta,Administrative Specialist III
Contact Information: 501-364-1416/

Ruby Hill, Office Manager, DOP-Infectious Diseases, Critical Care & Rheumatology
Contact Information: 501-364-3381/