Every day at Arkansas Children’s, clinical leaders and healthcare professionals make critical decisions concerning the treatment of infants, children and adolescents. These decisions originate from knowledge — organized information that is born from research discoveries, evidence-based practices and innovation. Unfortunately, there are many diseases for which there are no cures, treatments that are less than optimal for numerous health conditions, and prevention strategies for diseases and illnesses that simply don’t work 100 percent of the time. Integrating research and innovation across the organization is essential in discovering a healthier tomorrow. Additionally, an active research and innovation program will attract top physicians, scientists and technology staff members. National recognition as a creative force in pediatric healthcare will develop as new diagnostics, devices and therapeutics are evident in research and other work conducted across the Arkansas Children’s enterprise.

To improve the health and well-being of children in Arkansas and beyond, Arkansas Children’s collaborates with the state’s leading innovation, entrepreneurship, and accelerator leaders to transform our culture of curiosity and creativity and advance the knowledge that will guide the way we prevent and treat injury and illness tomorrow.

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Listening to Patients Leads to Life-Changing Innovations 

Researcher Dr. Tara Johnson develops solutions to help children with disabilities through Arkansas Children’s Innovation Center. 

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Jeff Amerine, Startup Junkie Consulting

Jeff Amerine
Managing Director & Founder, Startup Junkie Consulting
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Sarah Goforth, University of Arkansas Sam W. Walton College of Business

Sarah Goforth
Executive Director, Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Arkansas 
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Wayne Miller, The Venture Center

Wayne Miller
Executive Director, The Venture Center
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Jeff Standridge, Conductor

Jeff Standridge, Ed.D.
Managing Director, Conductor
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The Arkansas Children's Innovation Center Committee meets monthly to offer advice and recommendations regarding the innovation program strategies with a view of integrating innovation across the enterprise. The committee reviews Arkansas Children’s intellectual property, assesses short and long-term goals, and effectiveness of the program.


Tara  Johnson

Dr. Tara Johnson
Assistant Professor, UAMS Division of Pediatric Neurology

Gena Wingfield

Gena Wingfield
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Arkansas Children's

Dr. Pele Yu

Dr. Pele Yu
Chief Medical Information Officer, Arkansas Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, Biomedical Informatics, and Public Health, UAMS

Neemah Esmaeilpour

Neemah Esmaeilpour
Assistant General Counsel, Arkansas Children's

Brent Thompson, Chief Legal Officer, Arkansas Children's

Brent Thompson
Chief Legal Officer, Arkansas Children's
President, ACCN

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Dr. Jeff Moran
Chief Executive Officer, PinPoint Testing, LLC 

Erin Parker - Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Erin Parker
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Abdallah Dalabih, M.D.

Abdallah Dalabih, M.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information OfficeAssociate Professor, Critical Care Medicine, UAMS Department of Pediatrics

Justin Criddle

Justin Criddle
Process Improvement Manager

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