Dr Frederick (Rick) Barr headshot.Dr. Frederick (Rick) E. Barr serves as executive vice president and chief clinical and academic officer for Arkansas Children's and Interim Chief Medical Officer for Arkansas Children's Hospital. He also holds the Jonathan R. Bates, MD Endowed Chair for Improving Child Health. 

In his role, he elevates physician leadership and bridge operational, clinical and academic pursuits across the organization.

From October 2017 through November 2020, Dr. Barr served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate dean for child health in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, as well as pediatrician in chief for Arkansas Children’s and interim president of the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute.

Dr. Barr also co-directed the formation of the child health practice collaborative to oversee and guide activity at and between Arkansas Children’s and UAMS including physician operations, clinic operations, research, education and finance subcommittees.

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