Arkansas Children's Health System

Pediatric Surgery Welcomes Two New Surgeons

The Pediatric Surgery team at Arkansas Children's now has a team of nine pediatric surgeons after welcoming the two newest members.

Sabina Siddiqui, M.D., trained in general surgery at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She completed pediatric surgery, surgical critical care and surgical innovation fellowships at the University of Michigan. Her interests include global health, surgical innovation and critical care. She will be based at Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale.

Robert Vandewalle, M.D., trained in general surgery at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. He completed surgical critical care training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and a pediatric surgical fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. His interests include bariatric/metabolic surgery and critical care. He will be based at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Hearing Screen Reminder

Drs. Mary Oliver Coppedge and Isabella Catron joined the Audiology team this summer, helping expand our coverage to Little Rock, Jonesboro, Springdale, Southwest Little Rock and West Little Rock.

If you see a patient who has failed his or her newborn hearing screening, refer for follow-up testing as soon as possible. A failed hearing screening should be viewed as a potential developmental emergency until an audiological workup is completed, either diagnosing a hearing loss or confirming normal hearing.

  • All infants who fail the newborn screen should be referred for a rescreen before the child is 1 month.
  • Infants who fail the initial screen should have a diagnostic evaluation before 3 months.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing infants should be enrolled in early intervention services by 6 months.
  • The Primary Care Physicians’ Guide for Infant Hearing Screenings is available as a resource to support early hearing detection and intervention.

To schedule follow-up testing, fax the ancillary form to the number at the bottom of the form.

Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) - Little Rock

ACH Ortho Same Day Clinic adds Acute Appointments

Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock’s Orthopedic Urgent Access Clinic that offers same-day urgent access. The clinic is now offering acute appointments needed within 48 hours. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 501-366-5482 to speak to a nurse to set up same-day appointments or appointments needed within the next two days.

ACH Jonesboro Clinic Offers New Services

The ACH Jonesboro Clinic has added a full-time audiologist and a monthly plastic and reconstructive surgery clinic. They will add ultrasound to the weekly schedule the second week in November. Click here for the full clinic schedule

ENT and Audiology at ACH West Little Rock Clinic Increases Availability

Audiology and ENT are increasing availability of provider appointments at our West Little Rock Clinic. This clinic offers the same excellence seen at our main campus with convenient parking. For appointments, please call 501-364-4000. Fax referrals to 501-978-6440

Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) – Springdale

Occupational Therapy Now Available at ACNW

Occupational therapy is now available at Arkansas Children's Northwest. Ashley Samuelson, OT, is taking referrals for delayed motor skills, orthopedic and injury relation rehabilitation, splinting/orthoses and serial casting. Occupational therapy helps children develop the skills they need to participate in daily routines of leisure, activities of daily living and learning experiences at home, school and other community environments.

ACNW Endocrine Update

Our Northwest Arkansas region is experiencing an increase in endocrine health needs, and our outpatient endocrine clinic at Arkansas Children's Northwest has seen an uptick in patient referrals. Please click to read more about the conditions we are seeing, referral updates and if your patient may be managed within the primary care office.

Special Recognitions

Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute Receives Gold-Level Beacon Award

The Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) has received a Gold-Level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), distinguishing the unit’s exceptional patient care and healthy work environments as the only pediatric CVICU in surrounding states to achieve the honor.



Dr. Dale Blasier Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from North American Spine Society

Dr. Dale Blasier, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Arkansas Children's and professor of orthopedic surgery at UAMS, received the 2022 Spine Advocacy Award - a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the North American Spine Society (NASS). The award recognizes Dr. Blasier's exceptional contributions to the advocacy efforts on behalf of patients and members of the society. In addition to participating in many national spine committees and councils, Dr. Blasier has contributed significantly to the specialty fields of pediatric trauma and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

New Providers at Arkansas Children's