Welcome to Our Section
Hello and welcome to the Section of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) and Arkansas Children’s Neurology Jonesboro’s site!
My name is Dr. Freedom (Fred) Perkins, Jr., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Section Chief of Pediatric Neurology. I have the tremendous honor of working with a fantastic team of pediatric neurologists, PhD neuroscientists, advanced practice nurses, specialty nurses and technologists.
The UAMS Section of Pediatric Neurology was started by Dr. John H. Bornhofen in 1963. His mission was both simple and daunting: provide neurological care to the children of Arkansas. Between 1969 and 1975, the section grew and the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic was established. A lot has changed since that time and the section has continued to grow. We now have 16 faculty, Advanced Practice Nurses and serve three campuses.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of every child with a neurological disorder we encounter. Our goal is to assist each child in reaching their potential. We endeavor to take on these responsibilities while employing the most advanced technology available; conducting both site initiated and multicenter research and training future neuroscience specialists.
The section of Pediatric Neurology provides care at three sites within an integrated statewide system: Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock, Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) in Springdale and Arkansas Children’s Neurology Clinic in Jonesboro. This is an amazing system that allows us to provide complex neurological care in a streamlined fashion throughout Arkansas and beyond. We treat patients with all forms of neurological disorders including epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, autoimmune disease, headaches, movement disorders, spasticity, neurodevelopmental disabilities and more.
We have a Level IV National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) epilepsy program. This designation is given to centers that provide the highest level of epilepsy care including pharmacotherapy; epilepsy surgery; neuromodulation and diet therapy. Our muscular dystrophy clinic is a Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy certified care center as well as a Muscular Dystrophy Association care center. We have a Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation CMT center of excellence and an SMA care center of excellence. The efforts of our section members have lead to SMA neonatal screening and we have become one of the earliest centers in the country to offer gene therapy for this devastating disease. Added to this are our Brain Tumor Clinic, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic, Neurometabolic Clinic, Spasticity Clinic, Headache Clinic, Tourette Syndrome Clinic and Spina Bifida Clinic.
Many of these clinics are multidisciplinary and are conducted in partnership with other specialists including Pulmonology, Genetics, PM&R, Neurosurgery, Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology and others.
Our section has a very long history of education and training. In addition to training medical students, pediatric residents and adult neurology residents, we also have an active child neurology residency. Our section is always open to support the training of other clinicians such as advanced practice nurses and shadowing and research opportunities for undergraduate students. We are always striving to expand our training opportunities in our residency and fellowships. More to come.
Each resident and junior faculty member is assigned formal mentors. This is a phenomenal program geared especially to helping section members attain their professional goals, whether focused on training, clinical acumen, professional development or research.
We have an extremely active research portfolio in our section. Our faculty and section members are involved in both intramural and extramural funded research with a strong focus on clinical case studies, observational studies and industry sponsored clinical trials. We have multiple faculty members pursuing advanced training as research scholars. In addition to the numerous clinical trials, we have section members researching broad range of interests including equity and patient advocacy, functional brain mapping, artificial intelligence and more.
Thank you for visiting our site! This is only a brief overview of our Pediatric Neurology section. The world of clinical neuroscience is growing at a faster pace than ever before. We are fortunate to have access to cutting-edge technologies and participate in an ever-growing understanding of our discipline. We are excited for the future! I hope this overview is informative. If you are interested in pediatric neurology; our services; research opportunities or just want to inquire about our section, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Dr. Freedom “Fred” Perkins Jr.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Neurology Section Chief