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Infectious Diseases

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

The Program
The People
The Place
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The Program

We offer a three year accredited fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. This program is designed to prepare the board eligible/certified pediatrician for a career in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and to exceed all requirements set forth by the American Board of Pediatrics for subspecialty certification. Through experience with a full spectrum of children with infections at Arkansas Children's Hospital, fellows will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of pediatric infectious diseases and will become experts in the clinical diagnosis and management of these disorders. Fellows will select an area for in-depth study from a broad range of clinical/translational research or basic science opportunities available at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Our division faculty have expertise in clinical research, quality improvement, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship. Our fellowship program specializes in training individuals for academic careers as clinician educators. Research training will include participation in select courses offered by the Graduate School of Medical Sciences and/or School of Public Health. Fellows are expected to present at regional and/or national meetings on a yearly basis, as well as prepare one or two manuscripts per year suitable for publication.

Our fellowship program runs from 1 July to 30 June each year.

All applications should be submitted online through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Pediatric Spring Specialties Match (PSSM). Applicants apply directly to the department through ERAS and register with the NRMP for the match.

VISA information: Our program sponsors candidates with Visas as long as the Visa does not expire prior to the end of the program.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

The People

Nada Harik, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr. Harik is the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Director and the course director of the pediatric infectious diseases pediatric resident and senior medical student elective. She serves on several MD/PhD student committees and is/has been a research mentor to medical students, residents, and fellows.  Her main research interest is Staphylococcus aureus epidemiology and pathogenesis.  Areas of clinical interest include Staphylococcus aureus skin/soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis/septic arthritis, infections in children with cystic fibrosis and pediatric tuberculosis. She is an active member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Training Programs Committee.

Jin-Young Han, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr. Han is an associate professor in the division of pediatric infectious diseases. He has an active outpatient and inpatient practice. His areas of expertise include herpes viruses, congenital infections, and telemedicine. He has been active in both bench and clinical research projects.

Richard F. Jacobs, MD
Robert H. Fiser, Jr., M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
President, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Dr. Jacobs participates in clinical research pertaining to new anti-viral therapies through the NIH/NIAID supported Collaborative Antiviral Study Group, and participates in and directs pediatric pharmacology studies through the Pharmacology Section of the Department of Pediatrics operated at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI).  Dr. Jacobs was named President of the ACHRI in 2004, thus allowing for easy exchange of ideas and efforts between investigators at ACHRI and members of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division. He is the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.   He was a member of the American Board of Pediatrics sub-board in Pediatric Infectious Diseases from 2004-2010 and shares his extensive knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology, clinical infectious diseases, and clinical research treatment studies and development of treatment guidelines with the division.  He has significant experience in these areas, with past service as a liaison member of the Red Book Committee and President of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. 

Matt Linam, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr. Linam is a faculty member in the pediatric infectious diseases section and is the medical director of Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology. He is also co-director of the Antibiotic Stewardship Program. He completed the Quality Scholars Program in Transforming Health Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio and is co-director of Improvement U, which is a quality improvement training course at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. His research interests involve applying improvement science and reliability principles to improve the hand hygiene practices of healthcare workers, reduce healthcare-associated infections and improve antibiotic stewardship.

José R. Romero, MD, FAAP
Horace C. Cabe Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Director, Clinical Trials Research, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Dr. Romero participates in clinical research related to viral and antiviral therapies through the NIH/NAID supported Collaborative Antiviral Study Group.  Dr. Romero’s research interests focus on the molecular pathogenesis and molecular epidemiology of enteroviral infections.  Additional areas of clinical interest include pediatric tuberculosis, viral central nervous system infections, and novel molecular approaches to the diagnosis infectious diseases.  Dr. Romero is the principal investigator on multiple pharmaceutical company sponsored vaccine trials.  He also serves as the Director of Infectious Diseases Section and Clinical Trials Research at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  Dr. Romero has served on Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Board and the National Board of Medical Examiners/United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 Microbiology Committee.

J. Gary Wheeler, MD
Arkansas Department of Health - Branch Chief of Infectious Diseases
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr. Wheeler serves as the branch chief of Infectious Diseases for the Arkansas Department of Health. He oversees the HIV, STI, TB, zoonoses, and immunization programs of the Arkansas Department of Health. Dr. Wheeler's current research interest in is health policy and prevention. He has current and past funding from the CDC and NIH for work on improving immunization rates and on preventive health education.  He actively participates in fostering legislation at the state level that promotes health in children and adolescents.  He works at multiple levels to prevent and treat tobacco addiction, prevent childhood obesity and monitor vaccine policy. Dr. Wheeler has received multiple accolades for his teaching skills and is a devoted clinician and educator.  In the past he co-chaired the ACH institutional bioethics committee. He serves on the AAP committee on state government affairs and is a member of the AAP Richmond Center faculty.


Holly Maples, PharmD
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice (UAMS College of Pharmacy) and the Jeff and Kathy Lewis Sanders College of Pharmacy Chair in Pediatrics,
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (UAMS College of Medicine)

Dr. Maples is an outstanding clinical pharmacologist and a key member of our HIV care team.  She is also co-director of the antimicrobial stewardship program and the director of the pediatric pharmacy practice and infectious diseases residency programs.  She has expertise in drug treatments for pediatric HIV, and helps us with the care and counseling of HIV-infected children followed in our clinic.  She is a superb educator and makes pharmacokinetics and drug interactions easy to understand.  She is readily available to provide information and advice to the pediatric infectious diseases division on drug interactions, pharmacokinetic considerations, as well as information on new drugs considered for treatment of complicated patients.

Cozett Romero, BSN, RN
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialty Nurse

Cozett Romero has been a pediatric nurse for 37 years and a pediatric infectious diseases speciality nurse for 21 years. Her responsibilities include inpatient and outpatient clinical care and patient management.

Shawn Collins, BA, MA, RN
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialty Nurse

Shawn Collins has been a pediatric nurse for 20 years at Arkansas Childrens' Hospital.  She joined the Infectious Diseases team in 2010.  Her duties include inpatient and outpatient clinical care and patient management.

Patty Battles, BSN, RN
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialty Nurse

Patty Battles has been a pediatric nurse for 32 years. She joined the Infectious Diseases team in 2013.  Her responsibilities include inpatient and outpatient clinical care and patient management.

Tanya Hogan
Office Manager
Coordinator Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Tanya Hogan is the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division Fellowship Coordinator and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Office Manager.    She assists in arranging recruitment interviews, developing and updating fellowship forms and evaluations.  She advises the fellows of required and recommended courses and meetings, aids in collecting evaluations from faculty as well as from fellows in training, and is available to assist the fellows in multiple capacities (arranging schedules, travel, assisting with lecture presentations, and other clerical assistance).

Marjorie Plichta
Administrative Assistant

Marjorie is the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division Administrative Assistant. She is available to assist the fellows in multiple capacities (assisting with lecture presentations, travel, and other clerical assistance).

2013-2014 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellows

Ciji Arthur, MBBS –University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR – 2nd year Fellow.

The Place

Arkansas Children's Hospital is a private, not for profit, free standing children's hospital with 370 beds. Established in 1910, the hospital underwent rapid growth in the 1980's and is now one of the largest children's hospitals in the nation. The hospital serves as the major pediatric teaching affiliate for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

The hospital is the only pediatric hospital in the state of Arkansas, and serves as a referral center for areas of southern Missouri, eastern Oklahoma, northern Louisiana and northeast Texas. Nationally renowned programs such as the pediatric cardiovascular surgery program and the ECMO program attract patients from other areas of the country as well.

The hospital is the base for the pediatric residency program of UAMS, which currently has 73 pediatric and 19 medicine-pediatric residents enrolled in the program. Fellows in Pediatric Infectious Diseases play an important role in educating pediatric housestaff in diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with infectious diseases.

The PICU is a 26-bed unit with approximately 1200 admissions per year. There is a 31 bed cardiovascular intensive care unit, as well as an ECMO unit. There is a separate 12-bed burn unit, as well as an 100-bed NICU.  The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division sees an average of 65 new inpatient consultations per month, 25 new outpatient consultations per month and 70 outpatient follow-up visits per month. 

Contact Us

For further information or questions please write to:

Tanya Hogan
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division

Residency Coordinator

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Department of Pediatrics

Arkansas Children's Hospital

1 Children’s Way, Slot 512-11

Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-3591

Phone: (501) 364-1416  Fax: (501) 364-3551
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Revised: August 2013

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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