LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Oct. 24, 2012) - A physician experienced in caring for the most delicate of heart problems has been selected to lead the pediatric cardiology divisions at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Paul Seib, MD, will serve as director and section chief of the Pediatric Cardiology program in the Heart Center at ACH, as well as section chief of Pediatric Cardiology in the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics.
Seib, a familiar face to many Arkansas families whose children have congenital heart defects, has been interim director of the programs for more than a year.
"Paul has done an excellent job as our interim section chief, and his leadership has forged a plan for the future of our program," said Richard Jacobs, MD, FAAP, chair of the UAMS Department of Pediatrics and president of the ACH Research Institute. "His vision brings a clear direction for our missions."
Seib joined ACH and UAMS in 1993 after serving in the Air Force on active duty for three years. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University and completed his residency at ACH and UAMS, holding the position of chief resident in 1987. He trained as a fellow in pediatric cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. Afterwards, he served as chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Today he is an associate professor of Pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine.
At ACH, Seib has held several leadership positions, ranging from medical director of the Cardiac Catherization Lab to co-director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU). His research interests include treatment of aortic stenosis and the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, known as ECMO, as a bridge to transplant technology in children.
"It has been a privilege to care for children with heart disease in this region for so many years," Seib said. "I look forward to drawing on that experience as we strengthen a team offering the most advanced treatment options for kids with heart disease."
Seib began serving as interim after previous chief William R. "Bob" Morrow, MD, left the positions to become senior vice president and medical director at ACH, as well as vice chancellor and associate dean for Children's Affairs at UAMS.
Each month, an average of 35 children receive treatment in the CVICU at ACH, while another 600-plus kids visit the Heart Center for outpatient care of their congenital heart defects. In 2011, ACH performed a record 31 pediatric cardiac transplants, greatly improving the quality of life for children with heart failure.
Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. The campus is celebrating 100 years of providing Care, Love and Hope in 2012. Over the past century, ACH has grown to span 29 city blocks and house 370 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. For more information, visit
UAMS is the state's only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 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 more than 2,800 students and 790 medical residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS' Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit
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