Takeshi Shinkawa, MD, Named Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgeon for ACH/UAMS

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (April 4, 2011) - Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have appointed Takeshi Shinkawa, MD, as the institutions' newest pediatric cardiovascular surgeon. He joins the hospitals after a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a visiting professorship with the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Shinkawa will assist ACH Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery Michiaki Imamura, MD, PhD, in the hundreds of open-heart surgeries and dozens of heart transplants performed each year at ACH. He also will serve as an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine's Division of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery.

"The little hearts in our region will receive excellent care through Dr. Shinkawa's steady hands," said Dr. Imamura, who is an associate professor of Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine. "We are proud to welcome him to the Heart Center and look forward to watching him change children's lives."

Educated at the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Kyoto, Japan, Dr. Shinkawa graduated with a doctorate of medicine in 1996. He went on to hold residences and surgical fellowships at several hospitals in Japan, including the Kyoto First Red Cross Hospital and the Children's Research Hospital at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine. He also has served as a visiting clinical lecturer in pediatric cardiovascular surgery at the University of Michigan.

He is a member of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, the Japanese Society for Cardiovascular Surgery and the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery.

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 www.archildrens.org.

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 six 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 and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state's only Level 1 trauma center. 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 www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com.

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