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Pulmonology

Pediatric Pulmonology Training

Eligibility and Selection

Candidates for training must have either a M.D. or a D.O. degree and will have successfully completed a three-year residency in Pediatrics from an ACGME accredited program.  In addition, the Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship follows the Graduate Medical Education policy on eligibility and selection.  To review, see policies below:


How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Pediatric Pulmonolgy Fellowhip Program.  Applications are accepted here ERAS.
ERAS website:  www.aamc.org/eras

The Program
We offer a three-year fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology leading to board eligibility for the Pulmonology sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics. Applicants must be board eligible in General Pediatrics by the standards of the American Board of Pediatrics, and hold a permanent resident status (“green card”), H-1, or J-1 visa if trained at an international medical school.

First year fellows devote much of their time to clinical rotations through the Pulmonary inpatient service and Continuity Clinic. Elective months (chosen from Radiology/Pathology, Otolaryngology, PICU, NICU, Allergy/Immunology, or Infectious disease) are strongly encouraged. During this year fellows are introduced to study design, biostatistics, grant writing, and manuscript preparation. The initiation of a research project completes the first year course of study.

Further initiation and development of the fellow’s research project occupies most of the second year. Clinical responsibilities are reduced to provide research time. Clinical responsibilities during the second year include Pulmonary inpatient service and Continuity Clinic.

The third year of the fellowship is primarily devoted to research. The protected time during this year is largely devoted to continued data collection, data analysis, and submission of a first authored paper reporting the fellow’s research findings. Clinical responsibilities during the third year include Pulmonary inpatient service and Continuity Clinic. Senior fellows also participate in teaching residents and medical students.

Pediatric Pulmonary Centers

The Pediatric Pulmonology Section is responsible for and/or participates in pivotal Pediatric Centers of Excellence at Arkansas Children’s Hospital:

  • Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • Arkansas Center for Respiratory Technology Dependent Children
  • Sleep Center
  • Asthma Center

The People

Eight board certified pediatric pulmonologists comprise the primary teaching staff for the Pediatric Pulmonology fellowship program.

John L. Carroll, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics & Physiology
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Division Chief – Pediatric Respiratory Medicine
Director – Arkansas Center for Respiratory Technology Dependent Chidren

Dr. Carroll, with greater than twenty years as an academic Pediatric Pulmonologist, has special interest in sleep disordered breathing, control of breathing disorders, cystic fibrosis, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. He is internationally recognized as one of the top experts in pediatric breathing control and oxygen sensing development. He is author on over forty peer-reviewed publications, author on over thirty book chapters or review articles, member of several consensus conferences, and has served as co-editor of a book on sleep disordered breathing in children. He maintains an active laboratory research program which has been NIH funded for greater than fifteen years.

Robert H. Warren, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty

Dr. Warren has greater than thirty years experience in academic Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine. His areas of special expertise include chronic ventilation, pulmonary disease in children with neurological disabilities (e.g., muscular dystrophy) and pulmonary function testing. Dr. Warren is a highly experienced expert in lung function testing and respiratory therapy.

Mohy G. Morris, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty

Dr. Morris is an internationally recognized expert in Infant Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT). He operates a state-of-the-art infant PFT research laboratory. Dr. Morris currently holds a K23 award from NIH and, therefore, approximately 25% of his time is devoted to clinical and administrative activities, the remainder being committed to research/teaching. His research involves infant lung function testing and lung function testing in pre-school children.

Martin L. Bauer, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Associate Director – Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program

Dr. Bauer has three years in pediatric pulmonology private practice, over twelve years in academic pediatric pulmonology, and eleven years of emergency medicine practice. His areas of interest and expertise are medical education, chronic ventilation in the home, and chronic aspiration in children.
 
Ariel Berlinski, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Co-Director – Arkansas Children’s Hospital Respiratory Care Department
Associate Director - Arkansas Children's Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center
Director – Pulmonary Function Laboratory

Dr. Berlinski completed pediatric residencies at both Pedro de Elizalde General Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Long Island College Hospital/Beth Israel Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He completed a pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He has done additional work in the lung transplantation program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. His unique interest, technical expertise, and research is in delivery systems for inhaled medications. In addition, he has special interest in asthma and Cystic Fibrosis, especially in non invasive monitoring of airways inflammation.

Supriya Jambhekar, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Medical Director – Arkansas Children’s Hospital Sleep Disorders Center

Dr. Jambhekar is a Board certified Pediatric Pulmonologist and Board Certified in Pediatric Sleep Medicine. Dr. Jambhekar is currently involved in multiple clinical research projects related to sleep disorders in children.

Gulnur Com, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Director, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center

Dr. Com is a Board Certified Pediatric Pulmonogist and Board in Certified in Pediatric Sleep Medicine.  Dr. Com’s interests are cystic fibrosis, sleep medicine, and long term ventilation.
 
Dennis Schellhase, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Patient Safety Office, Arkansas Children's Hospital
Director, Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship
Dr Schellhase has almost 20 years experience in academic Pediatric Pulmonology and recently spent two years in Niger involved in pediatric global health. His areas of clinical expertise have included flexible bronchoscopy, cystic fibrosis, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Currently, he is involved in global health at UAMS and is interested in medical education, patient safety, and quality improvement.   

Amit Agarwal, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty

Dr. Agarwal interests are Bronchopulmonary Disease and Chronic Lung Disease in Infancy and Children with Chronic Ventilation.

Astryd Menendez, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty
Medical Director - Centers for Children Regional Clinics
Lowell, Arkansas

Dr. Menendez is a Board Certified Pediatric Pulmonologist currently attending the Lowell Pulmonary clinic. As the only Pediatric Pulmonologist in the North West corner of the state she sees the full scope of Pediatric Pulmonary disorders

Insook Kim, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UAMS, College of Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonary Division Faculty

Expertise: Oxygen sensing Mechanism, Electrophysiologist (PatchClamp), Immunocytochemistry, Cellular/Molecular Biology.

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.
 
These faculty members provide not only outstanding clinical support and teaching, but research opportunities as well. One example of many include Dr. Mark Heulitt in the Pediatric Critical Care Division who is an accomplished Pediatric Intensivist as well as an accomplished researcher in the field of work of breathing during mechanical ventilation. Dr. Heulitt is an ideal research mentor for Pediatric Pulmonary Subspecialty residency trainees and has mentored several Pediatric Critical Care fellows in his laboratory. He is fully funded by industry (Siemens – ventilator manufacturer) and is an accomplished researcher in the area of pulmonary mechanics.

Support Staff

In addition to the hospital staff available for patient care, eight respiratory therapists, five nurse specialists, five 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 Section.

The Pulmonary section 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.

The Place

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is a private, not for profit, free standing children’s hospital with 310 beds. Established in 1910, the hospital underwent rapid growth in the 1980’s and is now one of the ten 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 69 pediatric and 19 medicine-pediatric residents enrolled in the program. Fellows in pulmonology play a key role in educating pediatric house staff in the care of ill children and adolescents. Other UAMS COM fellowship programs at Arkansas Children’s Hospital include Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Child Neurology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics, Neonatal/Perinatal, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Radiology, Pediatric Otolaryngology and Pediatric Infectious Diseases,

The new PICU is a 25-bed unit with approximately 1,200 admissions per year. In addition, the hospital has a separate 23 bed cardiovascular intensive care unit, a four bed ECMO unit, a 14-bed burn unit, an eight bed intermediate step-down unit, and an 86 bed NICU.

The hospital operates a neonatal and pediatric transport service which uses two helicopters, three vans, and has a variety of fixed-winged aircraft available.

Dennis E. Schellhase, M.D.
Director – Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship

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For further information and an application, please write to:

Rachel Bull
Program Coordinator
Pediatric Pulmonology
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
1 Children’s Way, Slot 512-17
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
(Phone) (501) 364-5346
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Revised: August 2012

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