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Connective Tissue Clinic Program

Program Overview

The Multidisciplinary Connective Tissue Clinic at Arkansas Children's is the South's only multispecialty clinic for the treatment of congenital connective tissue diseases, and it is centrally located, making access convenient for patients from any location in the United States. The multidisciplinary Connective Tissue Clinic (CTC) has been developed to diagnose and treat patients with congenital connective tissue diseases in a patient-centered setting.

Congenital connective diseases can successfully be treated, but it's important to keep in mind these are rare and complex disorders that require expert care. In addition to providing world-class, comprehensive care for our patients, Arkansas Children's has been recognized by the National Marfan Foundation and is one of only 10 centers in the nation recognized for treatment of Williams Syndrome.

Arkansas Children's the is also actively involved in ongoing clinical and translational research to improve the care and outcomes of patients with connective tissue diseases via the Arteriopathy-Associated Connective Tissue Diseases Study and Registry. The study and registry allow the physicians involved in the Connective Tissue Clinic to work together to answer important questions that will help improve the care of patients with connective tissue diseases, not only in Arkansas but also around the world.

All of the physicians in the Multidisciplinary Connective Tissue Clinic at Arkansas Children's  hold faculty appointments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, Arkansas' only medical school. The faculty in the Connective Tissue Clinic have won numerous teaching awards and take great pride in training the doctors of tomorrow.

The Multidisciplinary Connective Tissue Clinic at Arkansas Children's aims to improve the complex care of patients with connective tissue diseases by training tomorrow's doctors to be able to diagnose, treat, and manage these patients. This teaching mission will allow the Connective Tissue Clinic to improve the care of patients with connective tissue diseases wherever our trainees may eventually practice medicine.

Our Vision

The multidisciplinary Connective Tissue Clinic at Arkansas Children's works to:

  • Provide world-class, comprehensive medical care to patients with connective tissue diseases;
  • Advance the care of our patients through medical research; and
  • Teach other physicians how to provide excellent care to patients with connective tissue diseases.

See your child's primary care physician for a referral to the CTC.