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New Physicians Expand Service Offerings at Arkansas Children's Hospital

New Physicians Expand Service Offerings at Arkansas Children's Hospital

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Aug. 08, 2011) - Families across the region now have more options for treatment of several complex pediatric conditions, as Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) expands its medical staff with the hire of new specialists in areas ranging from allergy therapy to brain surgery.

The following physicians are now on staff at ACH and accepting patients, after recent approval by the Arkansas Children's Hospital Board of Directors:

  • Gregory W. Albert, MD, a 2003 graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, joins the ACH Neurosurgery Department. He has a special interest in repair of traumatic brain injury, including cases caused by child abuse. He completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2009 and a fellowship there in 2010. Dr. Albert recently completed a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario. He is also an assistant professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' (UAMS) College of Medicine.
  • Amit Agarwal, MD, is now treating children visiting the Pulmonology Department at ACH. He is a 1997 graduate of the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. Dr. Agarwal completed pediatric residencies in 2002 at the Maulana Medical College and in 2008 at Hurley Medical Center at Michigan State University. Earlier this year, he finished a pediatric pulmonology fellowship at UAMS' College of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics. Dr. Agarwal is an assistant professor of Pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine.
  • Gail L. Eisenhauer, MD, joins ACH in the Department of Psychiatry and also serves as interim director of the residency program for UAMS' Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She works at ACH and also at UAMS' Psychiatric Research Institute. Holding board certifications in psychiatry and child psychiatry, Dr. Eisenhauer is a 1979 graduate of the UAMS' College of Medicine. She completed a child psychiatry fellowship there in 1984, as well, after serving a residency at UAMS in 1983 and an internship at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Eisenhauer also is an associate professor of Psychiatry at UAMS.
  • Matthew J. O'Connor, MD, is treating children with heart abnormalities through the ACH Department of Cardiology. He graduated from the University of Virginia School Of Medicine in 2004, and then served his pediatric residency with the University of Virginia Health System. Afterwards, he completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology and non-invasive cardiac imaging at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He holds certifications in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology from the American Board of Pediatrics, and is an assistant professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology in the UAMS' College of Medicine.
  • Robbie Pesek, MD, joins the ACH Allergy/Immunology Department after recently completing a fellowship in the same field at the University of Southern Florida. Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics, Dr. Pesek is a 2004 graduate of UAMS' College of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine pediatric internship in 2006 and a pediatric residency in 2007 at UAMS. Dr. Pesek also serves as an assistant professor of Pediatrics at UAMS.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children. The campus spans 29 city blocks and houses 316 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. ACH recently ranked No. 75 on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. For more information, visit

UAMS is the state's only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,836 students and 761 medical residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS' Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or

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