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Wendy N. Nembhard, Ph.D., MPH

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  • Associate Professor, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
  • Associate Professor, College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
  • Section Chief, Birth Defects Research


  • Birth Defects Research


  • Basic Scientist

Contact Information

  • Email:
    Phone: 501-364-5000
    Address: Arkansas Children's Hospital
    1 Children's Way
    Little Rock, AR 72202


  • B.A., Wesley College, 1994
  • M.P.H., University of Texas Houston, 1997
  • Ph.D., University of Texas Houston, 2000


  • PostDoc, Social Edpidemiology & Cardiovascular Disease, Morehouse School of Medicine, 2000-2002

Recent Honors

  • Travel Award, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 2008
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa Florida, 2009
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who, 2011
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute. Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 2014
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology, 2016

Recent Publications

  • Journal Article, Lara D., Fixler DE., Ethen MK., Canfield MA., Nembhard WN., Morris S. Association between Prenatal Diagnosis, Proximity to a Surgical Center and Surgical Center Volume and Neonatal Mortality in Infants with Transposition of the Great Arteries. Birth Def Res: A Clin Mol Teratol 2016 June; 14(DOI: 10.1002)
  • Journal Article, Lara DA., Ethen MK., Canfield MA., Nembhard WN., Morris S. A population-based analysis of mortality in patients with Turner Syndrome and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome using the Texas Birth Defects Registry . Cong Heart Dis 2016 Sep 29; doi: 10.1111/chd.12413. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Journal Article, Nembhard WN., Bourke J., Leonard H., Eckersley L., Bower C. 25-Year Survival for Aboriginal and Caucasian Children with Congenital Heart Defects in Western Australia during 1980-2010. Birth Def Res: Part A 2016 Nov 1; doi: 10.1002/bdra.23572. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Journal Article, Nembhard WN., Tang X., Hu Z., MacLeod S., Stowe Z., Webber D., National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Maternal and Infant Genetic Variants, Maternal Periconceptional Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors Use and Risk of Congenital Heart Defects in Children: A Population-Based Study. British Med J 2016 (Under Review);
  • Journal Article, Wang Y., Liu G., Canfield MA., Mai C., Kucik J., Meyer R., Anderka M., Copeland G., Gilboa S., NEMBHARD WN., Kirby RS., National Birth Defects Prevention Network. Survival of Infants and Children with Selected Birth Defects in the United States, 1999-2007. J Pediatrics 2015
  • Journal Article, Tinker SC., Carmichael SL., Anderka M., Browne ML., Caspers Conway KM., Meyer RE., NEMBHARD WN., Olney RS., Reefhuis J. Next steps for birth defects research and prevention: The Birth Defects Study to Evaluate Pregnancy exposureS (BD-STEPS). Birth Defects Research, Part A 2015 August; 103(8):733-40.
  • Journal Article, de la Cruz CZ., Thompson EL., O'Rourke K., Nembhard WN. Cesarean section and the risk of emergency peripartum hysterectomy in high-income countries: a systematic review.. Arch Gynecol Obstet 2015 Jun;
  • Journal Article, Kirby RS., Nembhard WN. Increasing the Utility of Population-Based Birth Defects Surveillance Program Data.. J Registry Manag 2014 Spring; 41(1):3.
  • Journal Article, Morris SA., Ethen MK., Penny DJ., Canfield MA., Minard CG., Fixler DE., Nembhard WN. Prenatal diagnosis, birth location, surgical center, and neonatal mortality in infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.. Circulation 2014 Jan; 129(3):285-92.
  • Journal Article, Morris SA., Ethen MK., Penny DJ., Canfield MA., Fixler DE., NEMBHARD WN. Prenatal Diagnosis, Birth Location and Surgical Center Impact on Neonatal Mortality in Infants with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Circulation 2014 129:285-292.

Recent Grant Awards

  • Congenital Heart Surveillance to Recognize Outcomes, Needs and well-being Project (CHSTRONG), MOD, 2016-02-01 00:00:00-2017-06-30 00:00:00
  • Supplement-Stillbirth Risk Factor Pilot Project CBDRPs, CDC, 3U01DD001039-03S1, 2015-09-01 00:00:00-2018-08-31 00:00:00
  • Supplement-Stillbirth Risk Factor Pilot Project CBDRPs, CDC, 5U01DD001039-04, 2015-09-01 00:00:00-2018-08-31 00:00:00
  • W. Nembhard ACHRI Recruitment Funding - ABI, ACHRI/ABI, 2014-08-01 00:00:00-2017-07-31 00:00:00
  • W. Nembhard ACHRI Recruitment Funding - SAF, ACHRI, 2014-09-01 00:00:00-2017-08-31 00:00:00

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