Dr. Kennedy received his medical degree from UAMS in 2006 and completed an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency from 2006 to 2010. He went on to complete a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Kennedy joined the faculty of UAMS in July 2013 where he is a member of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and the ACRI Lung Cell Biology Lab. Dr. Kennedy's primary research focuses upon mechanisms whereby infection with the common cold virus, rhinovirus (RV), leads to exacerbations of asthma. 60% to 80% of children seen in the emergency room with an exacerbation of asthma will be infected with RV. In his previous research, it became clear that while RV infection alone increases the risk of wheezing in children with asthma; the combination of RV infection and high titer sensitization to allergen significantly increases the odds to wheeze in children seen in the emergency department. It is this synergy between allergy and RV infection that drives his current research hypotheses. To that end, he is studying epithelial cell-derived cytokines that bias a Th2 (i.e., allergic) response (IL-33, IL-25, and TSLP) associated with RV infection in subjects with asthma both in vitro and in vivo. Also, Dr. Kennedy enthusiastically contributes to the education of fellows, residents, and students at UAMS by participating in the educational mission of the Department of Pediatrics in many capacities.
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What to expect at Arkansas Children's Hospital Emergency Department
The Arkansas Children's Hospital Emergency Department is the 2019 recipient of the Drs. Joanna J. and Robert W. Seibert Award, given to a physician, clinical service, section or unit displaying outstanding teamwork.
Congratulations Arkansas Children's Allergy & Immunology Team, winners of this year's Drs. Joanna J. and Robert W. Seibert Award for outstanding teamwork. Combining clinical care and discovery with cutting-edge technology, this team is dedicated to reaching more children where they live, learn and play. Watch their inspirational video
Tummy troubles are common in kids. It's when other symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea happen that parents might get worried. Check out these quick tips for handling stomaches from our friends in the Emergency Department.
The ACNW ER is the first pediatric emergency room in Northwest Arkansas with 30 emergency exam rooms to take care of your child when life happens.