(Little Rock) June 13, 2018 - Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine celebrated the investiture of Frederick “Rick” E.  Barr, M.D., MBA as the recipient and steward of the Robert H. Fiser, Jr., M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatrics on Tuesday, June 12.

Rick Barr InvestitureIn 2006, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Board of Directors created this chair in honor of Dr. Fiser’s service and commitment to championing children. He served as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at UAMS from 1975–1994. At age 32, he became the youngest pediatric department chairman in the United States.

“Arkansas Children’s proudly celebrates Dr. Rick Barr as the chair holder for the Robert H. Fiser, Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Pediatrics,” said Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s. “Dr. Barr serves a vital role as a physician leader at Arkansas Children’s and his partnership is helping to change the story for children by continuing efforts to make our state one of the healthiest and safest places for children.”

On October 1, 2017, Dr. Rick Barr assumed the role of pediatrician-in-chief for Arkansas Children’s and as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate dean for child health in the UAMS College of Medicine. He succeeded, Richard F. Jacobs, M.D. who retired in June of 2017 after 35 years of service on the UAMS faculty and Arkansas Children’s team.

“Dr. Barr is a leader who has played a key role in strengthening our partnership with Arkansas Children’s to provide a healthier tomorrow for the children of Arkansas,” said Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, chancellor of UAMS. “Through this endowed chair, Dr. Barr will continue to lead the Department of Pediatrics to pursue innovative ideas, programs and projects to move the needle on children’s health.” 

Establishing endowed chairs provides ACH and UAMS the ability to recruit top-notch leaders in the medical field who can provide the best care for patients in Arkansas. An endowed chair or professorship remains the highest academic honor a university can bestow on its most distinguished faculty. Those named to a chair or professorship are among the most highly regarded scientists, practitioners and professors in their academic fields.

Barr formerly served as the Suzan B. Thames endowed professor, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He was also physician-in-chief at Children’s of Mississippi/Batson Children’s Hospital. Barr served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University from 1995 to 2010, and was chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care from 2007 to 2010. He also served as co-director of Vanderbilt University Master’s in Clinical Investigation Programs). From 2010-2011 he was an endowed professor of Pediatric Critical Care and director of the Clinical and Translational Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati.

Barr received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1988, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt. Barr completed a clinical fellowship in pediatric critical care at the University of California San Francisco, where he was also a research fellow in the Cardiovascular Research Institute. While on the faculty at Vanderbilt, he obtained a Master’s of Science in clinical investigation.

About Arkansas Children’s

Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only health care system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. The system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and research institute as well as a nationally-recognized transport service. It is one of the 25 largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in cardiology/heart surgery, neurology/neurosurgery, nephrology and pulmonology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale includes 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services. Arkansas Children’s also blankets the state with outreach programs that include telemedicine, mobile health and school-based health solutions. A private nonprofit, Arkansas Children’s boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research and is committed to providing every child with access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. Founded as an orphanage, Arkansas Children’s has championed children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow for more than 100 years. For more info, visit www.archildrens.org.

About UAMS

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,727 students, 822 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.