Frederick (Rick) Barr, M.D., M.B.A.

For more than a century, Arkansas Children’s has served the children of Arkansas by providing exceptional clinical care. As the reputation of our outstanding clinical care and outcomes grows, Arkansas Children’s continues to expand its regional and national presence, recruiting scholars from around the country and treating patients from all 50 states and internationally.

We continue to pave the way in expanding clinical programs, service-delivery models and breakthrough treatments. Last year, we launched gene therapies for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), expanded our multidisciplinary aerodigestive program and hip and spine programs, as well as the use of the da Vinci robot across surgical services, and completed the first robotic-assisted cholecystectomy and gastric sleeves. The Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute team celebrated the first pediatric patient in Arkansas to go home on a ventricular assist device (VAD), and welcomed more than 100 Project Adam schools certified across the state. Arkansas Children's, alongside the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Baptist Health and Proton International, opened the state's first and only proton therapy center.

Whether a child needs us for an acute illness or injury or a lifetime of care, we are committed to evolving to meet the unique needs of our community.


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Frederick (Rick) Barr, M.D., M.B.A.
Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical and Academic Officer
Arkansas Children’s