Please join us in welcoming these new leaders and recent additions to the College of Medicine faculty.
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine — Chair Appointment
Shashank Kraleti, M.D., has been appointed Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, effective July 1. Dr. Kraleti will also hold the Dr. Algernon Sidney Garnett Chair in Family Medicine.
“Dr. Kraleti has served in numerous leadership positions since completing his residency training at UAMS and joining the faculty in 2012,” said G. Richard Smith, M.D., interim Dean and Executive Vice Chancellor. “He has gained national recognition in particular for his outstanding work to enhance the Little Rock Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Kraleti is highly respected by residents and faculty colleagues for his clinical skills and for the passion he brings to training outstanding family physicians.”
Dr. Kraleti has served as director of the department’s family residency program since 2016 and previously held other leadership roles in the program. He assumed the role of clinical informaticist in 2019. Since May 2022, he also has served as director of primary care services, a position he will continue to hold.
“I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve and lead my family medicine and UAMS family that I have been a part of for more than a decade,” Dr. Kraleti said. “I look forward to working towards our vision of improving the health of Arkansans by providing relationship-centered and equitable care, while training the best and brightest family physicians, and conducting pioneering research in primary care.”
Department of Pediatrics — Section Chief Appointment
David Spiro, M.D., MPH – Pediatric Emergency Medicine
David Spiro, M.D., MPH, has been appointed Section Chief for Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Spiro joined the faculty as a Professor in December 2019 and has led numerous initiatives as Interim Section Chief since early 2022.
Dr. Spiro received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed his residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences, Denver Children’s Hospital. He continued his training with a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also received his Master of Public Health.
Dr. Spiro has served in many clinical, physician leadership and academic roles for over 25 years. He was on the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, from 2003-2006, when he was recruited to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. His leadership roles at OHSU over the next eight years included Medical Director and Section Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Prior to his recruitment to UAMS, Dr. Spiro served as founder and Chief Medical Officer of ReelDX Education, Medical Director and Vice President of AllMed Healthcare Management, Inc., and as an attending physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas.
New Faculty Appointments
Matthew R. Landrum, M.D.
Matthew Landrum, M.D., has joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as an Assistant Professor and pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. He practices at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, specializing in complex spine deformity and scoliosis, hip dysplasia, and other pediatric orthopaedic conditions. Dr. Landrum was recruited from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center – San Antonio, where he was an Assistant Professor from 2020-2023.
Dr. Landrum is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, and earned his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge before obtaining his medical degree at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He completed his orthopaedic surgery internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He continued his training with a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Sarah “Sally” Barnes, M.D.
Sarah “Sally” Barnes, M.D., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor in the Hospital Medicine Section. After earning a degree in biological sciences from Clemson University, Dr. Barnes received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. Dr. Barnes joins the faculty after serving as a Chief Resident in the UAMS Pediatric Residency Program in 2022-2023, where her efforts were recognized with the W. Thomas Dungan Research Award in 2022.
Raymond Lane Dailey, M.D.
R. Lane Dailey, M.D., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor in the Hospital Medicine Section. Dr. Dailey received his medical degree from UAMS in 2020 and was the recipient of the Barton Foundation Scholarship, awarded to medical students who completed the prior academic year with a 4.0 GPA. Dr. Dailey completed his pediatric residency training at UAMS. Dr. Dailey is working as a night hospitalist, providing care for children who have been admitted to the hospital overnight.
Emily W. Wilson, M.D.
Emily Wilson, M.D., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor in the Neonatology Section. Dr. Wilson completed the UAMS Pediatric Residency Program in the spring of 2023 and earned her medical degree from UAMS in 2020. During her residency, Dr. Wilson presented a lecture for the resident continuity clinic as part of a QI project and co-authored an abstract poster presentation that was presented at the Southern Regional Meeting in New Orleans.
Kelsey K. Floyd, D.O. — Chief Resident
Kelsey Floyd, D.O., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Instructor and Chief Resident for the 2023-2024 academic year. Dr. Floyd earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth in 2020 before joining the Pediatric Residency Program at UAMS.
Ryan W. Steele, M.D., MPH — Chief Resident
Ryan Steele, M.D., MPH has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Instructor and Chief Resident for the 2023-2024 academic year. Dr. Steele earned his medical degree and Master of Public Health with Honors concurrently at UAMS, graduating in 2020. Following medical school, Dr. Steele joined the Pediatric Residency Program at UAMS, where he was recognized with the Resident Teacher of the Year Award and the Rhonda M. Dick ED Intern of the Year Award in 2021 and the Rhonda Dick ED Resident of the Year for 2023.
Haley B. Taylor, M.D. — Chief Resident
Haley Taylor, M.D., has joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Instructor and Chief Resident for the 2023-2024 academic year. Dr. Taylor received her medical degree from UAMS, where she earned the Roberts Key, awarded to graduating seniors with the highest GPA for the full four years of medical school. She also was a Barton Foundation Scholar, awarded to medical students who complete the prior academic year with a 4.0 GPA.
Matt Kern, M.D.
Matt Kern, M.D., has joined the Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor in Northwest Arkansas. A native of Fort Smith, Dr. Kern graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2011 and from the UAMS College of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 2019, serving as Chief Resident. Dr. Kern continued his training with a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry in 2020 and joined the Department of Psychiatry at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist as an Assistant Professor later that year.
Dr. Kern will see patients at the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute-Northwest in Fayetteville as well as the University of Arkansas Pat Walker Student Health Clinic. He will also provide consult liaison services for Washington Regional Medical Center.