Best Doctors

Eight board certified pediatric pulmonologists comprise the primary teaching faculty for the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program.

Amit Agarwal
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics UAMS, College of Medicine Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty Director – ACH Chronic Vent Program Associate Director – Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program
April Carpenter
Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner APN Coordinator
Ariel Berlinski, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics UAMS, College of Medicine Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty Director – ACH Cystic Fibrosis Center Director – ACH Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Developmental Therapeutics Network research center. Director – ACH Pulmonary Function Laboratory
Astryd Menendez M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics UAMS, College of Medicine Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty at Arkansas Children’s Northwest Named as one of the 2017 UAMS Phenomenal Women
Erhan Ararat
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics UAMS, College of Medicine Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty Associate director – ACH Cystic Fibrosis Care Center
Jill Richardson
Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner
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Section Chief, Professor of Pediatrics & Physiology UAMS, College of Medicine Pediatric Pulmonology Faculty Division Director – Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Director – Pulmonary Fellowship Program
Julie Thibodaux
Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner – AC Northwest Location
Kim Newman
Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner
Matt Pertzborn M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics UAMS, College of Medicine Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Rachel McKnight
Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner
Supriya Jambhekar M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics UAMS, College of Medicine Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Division Faculty Medical Director – Arkansas Children’s Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
Burgener
Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner
Zena Ghazala M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics UAMS, College of Medicine Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty Director – PCD Center (accreditation pending)

Other Faculty
The ACH/UAMS pediatric faculty includes over 200 faculty members representing virtually every pediatric subspecialty, including cardiologists, intensivists, nephrologists, neonatologists, gastroenterologists, infectious disease specialists, hematologists-oncologists, six pharmacologists, and nineteen emergency medicine physicians.

Surgical specialists include cardiovascular surgeons, pediatric surgeons, three pediatric neurosurgeons, and pediatric otolaryngologists.  We also have pediatric anesthesiologists at ACH.

Critical support physicians for the pulmonologists include pediatric radiologists and pediatric pathologists.


Support Staff
In addition to the hospital staff available for patient care, eight respiratory therapists, six nurse specialists, nine advanced practice nurses, four pediatric speech therapists, one child life therapist, two pediatric occupational and physical therapists, one nutritionist, one social worker, and one psychologist are assigned to the Pulmonology Division. The Pulmonary Division has a full pulmonary function lab with multiple state of the art instruments for evaluation of lung function in children, fully staffed with excellent and highly qualified technicians. A fully equipped suite for flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy is maintained by an excellent technical staff. Sedation and anesthesia support are readily available.