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Dr. Tara Johnson joined Arkansas Children’s in July 2018. She is a Child Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) with special interests in neurodevelopmental disorders in infants and children. She is the Director and Founder of the Arkansas Children’s Biomedical Innovations Program. After graduation with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Johnson earned her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatrics residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and her Neurodevelopmental Disabilities residency at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is board eligible in Child Neurology.
Dr. Johnson integrates her biomedical engineering research background with neurodevelopmental medicine clinical knowledge to design, construct, and test medical simulators and devices to model disease processes and provide more effective treatment and rehabilitative alternatives for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. At ACRI, Dr. Johnson conducts her research in a laboratory complete with a machine shop and electrical components. Together with collaborators she builds devices to help children. She, along with an interdisciplinary team at Johns Hopkins, designed and tested a cup for individuals with cerebral palsy. This invention was found to be a safe intervention for promoting independence in individuals with oral motor impairments.
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The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Clinic provides family-centered care for children with SMA, a progressive genetic disease that affects parts of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.
The Continuity Clinic is an extension of the General Pediatric Center providing diagnosis, treatment and/or follow-up of children with general health problems.
The Spinal Cord Disorders Clinic provides care for children with spina bifida, spinal cord anomalies or acquired spinal cord injury.
At Arkansas Children’s, our board-certified and fellowship trained neurosurgeons and neurologists work together for the surgical treatment of epilepsy in children.
Neurodevelopmental & Neurobehavioral Clinic. This clinic provides evaluation and developmental concerns (autism developmental delays, and general learning disability) and dual diagnoses (learning problems combined with attention problems, anxiety, etc.)
The Neurovascular Multidisciplinary Clinic at Arkansas Children's provides the diagnosis, evaluation and management of pediatric patients with neurovascular disorders.
The Neurofibromatosis Clinic provides a comprehensive evaluation of neurofibromatosis.
Neurology patients get inpatient care in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU).
The Spasticity and Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Clinic provides diagnosis, evaluation, and management of patients with hypertonia and cerebral palsy, and provides evaluation for treatment of spasticity using botulinum toxin or intrathecal baclofen pump therapy.
The Head Injury Clinic helps children and their families with long-term effects of post-traumatic complications from head injuries.
Arkansas Children’s has the only team of pediatric neuro-oncology specialists in the state dedicated to helping children with brain and spinal cord tumors.
Neuromuscular disorders like myopathies, muscular dystrophies, neuropathies and more are treated by specialists in the ACH Neuromuscular Program.
The Neurology Clinic at Arkansas Children's provides expert epilepsy care for a full range of neurological conditions and diseases.
Specialized pediatric epilepsy care, can fundamentally change the short and long term quality of life for patients who suffer from seizures.
The General Pediatric Clinic (GPC) provides diagnosis, treatment and/or follow-up of children with general health problems. We provide preventive medicine, including periodic immunizations, physical examinations, positive newborn screens and child health maintenance.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, in association with Jefferson Regional, is bringing care closer to home for the families of Southeast Arkansas.
Our primary care clinics provide services such as well-child visits, immunizations, newborn care, physicals and more. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
The Arkansas Children's Neurosurgery Clinic offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services for children from newborn to age 21.
Our neurosciences team provides evaluations, treatments, surgery and other services for children with specific neurologic disorders.
Learn how the Arkansas Children's Hospital Jonesboro Clinic seamlessly treats young patients with asthma in the northeast area of the state.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common, highly contagious viral disease in children 5 or younger.
Learn about how Arkansas Children's treats patients with the disease and how your child can be seen in one of our primary care clinics.
With an uptick in respiratory illnesses, it's important to know the differences between RSV, flu and COVID-19 viruses and when it's time to take your child to a primary care doctor or the emergency room.