University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Today, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health center, part of a statewide network of post secondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.

UAMS was the first medical center in Arkansas and is the largest public employer in the state with more than 10,000 employees. The UAMS campus, which encompasses more than 84 acres, is located on Markham Street in Little Rock.

As of fall 2015, UAMS had 3,021 students, including 694 medical students, 475 in the College of Pharmacy, 781 in the College of Nursing, 662 in the College of Health Professions, 180 in the College of Public Health and 229 in the Graduate School

There were also 789 resident physicians and 1,429 faculty members. The 10-floor hospital includes 332 adult beds and 64 neonatal beds.

It is the only high-risk pregnancy program, the only adult cystic fibrosis center, and the only liver transplant program in the state of Arkansas. UAMS is also home to 200 physicians featured in the list of Best Doctors in America.

In 2003, UAMS implemented a telehealth program to enhance access to care for high-risk pregnant women living in rural areas.

UAMS is ranked in the top 20% of all US Colleges & Universities in research funding from the Federal Government. In 2016, the university’s research funding was more than $111.9 million. Clinical researchers at UAMS performed the first outpatient bone marrow transplant in the U.S., as well as the first gene therapy for multiple myeloma in the United States. They are also home to a number of robotic, experimental, and advanced treatment facilities only available at UAMS in Arkansas.

The Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Program at Arkansas Children's

If your newborn or young child has been diagnosed with sickle cell disease, you likely have a lot of questions. The good news is, with the right care, many children with sickle cell live long, healthy lives. Many take part in the same activities other children enjoy, including sports.

Early treatment is important. Although sickle cell disease is the most common genetic disorder in the United States, we’re the only hospital in Arkansas to diagnose, evaluate, and treat children who have sickle cell disease. Your child is in good hands here at Arkansas Children’s.

Surround your child with expert sickle cell care

Here, we surround your child with a care team who are experts in sickle cell disease. The care team includes a:

  • Hematologist (doctor who specializes in blood problems)
  • Pulmonologist (doctor who specializes in lung problems)
  • Nurse practitioner (a nurse with extra training who can write prescriptions)
  • Sickle cell specialty nurse
  • Apheresis nurse (a nurse who specializes in machines that draw, separate, and return blood)
  • Social worker

Your child will have access to the most advanced care and treatments, including clinical trials



About Arkansas Children's

Arkansas Children’s is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas. Known for being one of the largest pediatric medical providers in the United States, we proudly provide world-class medical care to children and families throughout Arkansas and surrounding areas.

The Arkansas Children's Campus spans 36 city blocks and is currently licensed for 336 beds. We have a staff of approximately 505 physicians and over 200 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties. Additionally, the hospital currently employs more than 4,400 employees.

As champions for children, Arkansas Children's has joined the elite 6 percent of hospitals in the world that have Magnet Status. Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. With this credential, Arkansas Children's joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 378 health care organizations, out of over 6,000 U.S. hospitals, have achieved Magnet recognition.

About our Nationally Recognized Staff

Our physicians are consistently recognized for their outstanding performance and achievement in taking care of our young patients. The doctors at Arkansas Children’s are consistently named among the Best Doctors and Top Doctor lists, both locally as well as nationally.

All of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics faculty on the Arkansas Children’s campus are practicing and licensed physicians. Most physicians are also teachers to UAMS residents in the field of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and allied healthcare.

At age 21 patients transition to the UAMS Multidisciplinary Adult Sickle Cell Program to continue comprehensive care. UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital have a transition program that is led by the social worker, which is a shared position between both programs.

The UAMS Multidisciplinary Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program

The UAMS Multidisciplinary Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program began in January 2014 and has grown to include more than 200 adult sickle cell patients in Arkansas. We provide a comprehensive visit and provide a care plan for the patient that is communicated to the primary care provider.

The Multidisciplinary Clinic of the Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program at UAMS includes a:

  • Hematologist (doctor who specializes in blood problems)
  • Supportive care physician (a doctor who specializes in pain and symptom management)
  • Nurse practitioner (a nurse with extra training who can write prescriptions)
  • Sickle cell specialty nurse
  • Social worker