Vice Chair for Primary Care, Department of Pediatrics

  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Little Rock, AR

This position has been filled.

The Vice Chair for Primary Care, Department of Pediatrics will also serve as the Director, Primary Care Service Line and MD, Ambulatory & Primary Care Services.The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is largest, most comprehensive facility for medical treatment, medical education, and biomedical research in Arkansas. UAMS impacts the state of Arkansas economy by generating 18,500 jobs and $3.92 billion expenditures annually. As the only medical school in a state with 2.96 million people, UAMS enjoys statewide support from Arkansas’ citizens and a cooperative relationship with the state legislature.

The Department of Pediatrics is the largest department of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas. The main offices of the Department are located on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), a long-time clinical and teaching affiliate of UAMS. The two institutions coordinate clinical service, educational programs and research initiatives among pediatric faculty and other university faculty. Pediatrics’ faculty is also assigned to selected areas within the UAMS Medical Center and subspecialty physicians from the Department provide clinical services on a regular basis to regional clinics around the state. Pediatrics’ staffing totals more than 1,100 employees, including more than 250 faculty members and 950 professionals, paraprofessionals and support staff working in 26 sections in the department.

Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only hospital 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 flagship 359-bed hospital in Little Rock includes the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care unit. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) has joined the elite 6 percent of hospitals in the world that have Magnet Status. 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 five specialties (2019-20).

Position Overview

The Vice Chair for Primary Care in the Department of Pediatrics will also serve as the Director, Primary Care Service Line and Medical Director, Ambulatory & Primary Care Services and will provide leadership, oversight and key accountabilities for each of the following:

Vice Chair for Primary Care, Department of Pediatrics
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

  • Redesign a new Super-Section of Primary Care with 3 subsections: General Pediatrics, Community Pediatrics, and Adolescent/ Transitional Medicine.
  • Recruit a new permanent sub-section chief for General Pediatrics with a focus on enhancing educational and research programs.
  • Form a new Section of Adolescent and Transitional medicine with adolescent medicine and med-peds physicians. Recruit a new section chief with eating disorders focus.
  • Develop an academic pediatrics fellowship.
  • Redesign the medical student ambulatory experience.
  • Redesign the pediatric resident continuity clinic experience including adding community pediatrician mentorship.

Director, Primary Care Service Line and Medical Director of Ambulatory and Primary Care Services
Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH)

  • Coordinate all Arkansas Children’s Hospital primary care services – ACH General Pediatrics and Circle of Friends, Community Pediatrics and Southwest Little Rock, Pine Bluff expansion, etc.
  • Develop clinic operational redesign to improve volume and efficiency.
  • Improve patient experience scores across primary care platform.
  • Develop concierge service for faculty and staff and recruit service focused pediatric primary care physicians.
  • Develop family friendly primary care programs including redesign of after-hours program and/or develop urgent care model that is fully staffed and financially sustainable (in conjunction with Pediatric ER leadership).
  • Streamline and improve efficiency across all ACH primary care and specialty ambulatory programs.
  • Serve as physician lead for comprehensive ambulatory space inventory and optimize space allocations.
  • Serve as physician lead for the design and renovation of ambulatory care spaces in collaboration with ACH facilities and operations team.
  • Serve in a leadership capacity on the ACH Outpatient Care Committee.
  • Provide physician leadership for Primary and Ambulatory Care on the UAMS/ACH Child Health Collaborative Operations Committee.
  • Serve as the primary care representative on the ACH Behavioral Health Strategies workgroup.


  • MD or equivalent degree with specialty certification in pediatrics or medicine-pediatrics.
  • Eligibility for and subsequent success in obtaining an unrestricted Arkansas medical license, malpractice insurance, and credentialing by central Arkansas teaching hospitals.
  • A track record of leadership and scholarship with a minimum of three to five years of progressive physician leadership experience in an academic health system.
  • High degree of technology proficiency with EMR/EHR, e-prescribing, telehealth and other electronic medical systems, standard Microsoft Office applications and system databases.
  • Demonstrated leadership skill and creativity in developing and delivering visionary behavioral and integrated health care programs to challenging populations with effective outcomes.
  • Innovative while managing risk.
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