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Karen J. Farst, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Associate Professor, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
  • Section Chief, Children at Risk


  • Children at Risk


  • Pediatric Forensics

Contact Information

  • Email:
    Phone: 501-364-2650
    Fax: 501-364-3939
    Address: Arkansas Children's Hospital
    1 Children's Way
    Little Rock, AR 72202


  • B.A., Texas Tech University, 1990
  • M.D., Texas Tech University, 1995
  • Masters of Public Health, Fay Boozman College of Public Health, 2009


  • Residency, Medicine-Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1995-1999
  • Fellowship, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003-2004

Licensure and Board Certification

  • American Board of Medical Specialties, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Medical Specialties, Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics
  • American Board of Medical Specialties, Pediatrics, Pediatrics

Clinical & Research Interests

  • Clinical Research, Case based and data-base reviews of child abuse conditions; Implementation and evaluation of chlid abuse prevention programs

Recent Honors

  • Young Investigator Grant Award, Academic Pediatric Association, 2008
  • Outstanding Service Award for Medical Care, National Children's Advocacy Center, 2009
  • Hospital Champion for Donation and Transplantation, ARORA, 2010
  • Oustanding Service to Maltreated Children, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2011
  • Senator Percy Malone Child Protection Award, Children's Advoacy Centers of Arkansas, 2013
  • Sister Joan Pytlik Award, Kids Count Coalition, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, 2015
  • Arkansan of the Year, Arkansas Life, 2016

Recent Publications

  • Journal Article, Adams JA., Kellogg ND., Farst K., Harper NS., Palusci VJ., Frasier LD., Levitt CJ., Shapiro RA. Updated guidelines for the medical assessment and care of children who may have been sexually abused. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2016 April; 29(2):81-87.
  • Journal Article, King A., Farst K., Jaeger MW., Onukwube J., Robbins JM. Maltreatment-related Emergency Department visits among children 0 to 3 years old in the United States. Child Maltreat 2015 Jan 27;
  • Journal Article, Farst K., Ambadwar PB., King AJ., Bird TM., Robbins JM. Trends in hospitalization rates and severity of injuries from abuse in young children, 1997-2009. Pediatrics 2013 June; 131(6):1796-1802.
  • Journal Article, Phillips BC., Farst K., Aitken ME., Albert G. The current state of non-accidental head injury in Arkansas. J Ark Med Soc 2013 Feb; 109(9):183-5.
  • Journal Article, Farst K., Bolden B. Substance Exposed Infants and Children: A Forensic Approach. Clin Peds EM 2012 September; 13(3):213-220.
  • Journal Article, Farst K., Valentine J., Hall RW. Drug testing for newborn exposure to illicit substances in pregnancy: Pitfalls and pearls. Int J Pediatr 2011 May; Article ID 951616(Epub 2011 Jul 17)
  • Journal Article, Farst K., Reading-Meyer JA., Bird TM., James L., Robbins JM. Hair drug testing of children suspected of exposure to the manufacture of methamphetamine. 2011 18:110-114.
  • Journal Article, Alexander, Randell MD PhD., Farst, Karen MD MPH. Telemedicine and Child Abuse Examinations. Pediatr Ann 2009 October; 38(10):574-578.
  • Journal Article, Farst K, Duncan J, Kokoska E, Ray R, Moss M, James L. Methamphetamine Exposure Presenting as Caustic Ingestions in Children. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2007 March; 49(3):34-343.
  • Journal Article, Flannery M, Jones J, Farst K, Worley KB, Worthington T, Rauls S. The Use of Hair Analysis to Test Children for Exposure to Methamphetamine. Michican State Univ. Journal of Medicine and Law 2006; 10(1):143-254.

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