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Interim Medical Directors/Surgeons

Burn Surgeons


As a unique feature among burn centers across the Unites States, our three anesthesiologists are completely dedicated to the burn center. In addition to providing anesthesia in the operating room, they provide sedation for patients with larger dressing changes to help decrease pain and make them feel more comfortable. Drs. Fletcher and Hunt serve as co-directors of burn anesthesia. All of our anesthesiologists are Assistant Professors with the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Nursing Director

  • Tammy Diamond-Wells, BSN,RN

Nursing Staff

Trained in burn/wound care and critical care for adults and pediatric, our nurses will work with patients and families to provide compassionate and personal care.

Occupational/Physical Therapists

Rehabilitation is a key component of burn care, and our therapists work with patients one-on-one for positioning, strengthening, splinting, endurance and self-care.

  • Mandy Yelvington, OT
  • Michelle Scoggins, PT

Burn Pharmacist

Our pharmacist helps to ensure that patients are on the most effective medication and also assists with their home medications.

  • Kendrea Muldrew Jones, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Nutritionist

Burn patients often need proper nutrition and extra protein to help them heal and recover faster. Our nutritionist works with patients to help monitor how much they are eating and helps suggests appropriate foods.

  • Emily Spillyards, RD

Respiratory Therapists

Our therapists help promote breathing, provide treatments and assist with ventilator management.

  • Ryan Stecks, RRT
  • Whitney Ruff, RRT
  • Gaines Neal, RRT
  • Mark Wilson, RRT
  • Ken Kannard, RRT

Child-life Specialists

These specialists assist children and families to relieve stress and anxiety. They also provide distraction techniques and toys during therapy and dressing changes.

Social Workers

These clinicians help provide numerous support services such as counseling and resource planning.

  • Jim Newberry, LMSW
  • Marybeth Evans, LCSW

Burn Outreach

The Burn Center Outreach program offers a full range of burn treatment, burn disaster preparedness, and burn prevention courses. Visit the Outreach section for more information.

  • Outreach Coordinator: Amber Files, BSN, RN
  • Outreach Specialist: Pam Richard, FF
  • Outreach Specialist: Nathan Travis, FF
The Burn Center
Arkansas Children's Hospital
1 Children's Way, Slot 210
Little Rock, AR 72202-3591

Call: 501-364-1323

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