A new executive vice president and chief clinical and academic officer has been appointed at Arkansas Children’s.
Frederick (Rick) E. Barr, MD, MBAhas been named to the newly created executive role. In this position, he will guide Arkansas Children’s physician leadership, and oversee its operational, clinical and academic efforts.
Barr will assume his new role on Nov. 16, while remaining an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
College of Medicine. He will also hold the Jonathan R. Bates, MD Endowed Chair for Improving Child Healthat Arkansas Children’s.
Most recently, Barr has served as the Department of Pediatrics chair and associate dean for child health at the UAMS College of Medicine. He has also served as pediatrician in chief for Arkansas Children’s and interim president of the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute.
“It’s a pleasure to invite Dr. Barr into this new Arkansas Children’s executive leadership role,” Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s, said in a statement. “Dr. Barr knows only too well that our physician partners are essential to keeping our promise of unprecedented child health, defined and delivered. I have every confidence that his experiences at both Arkansas Children’s and UAMS will serve him well as he provides leadership, guidance and support to our entire team.”
Barr holds a bachelor’s degree in animal and veterinary science from West Virginia University and a medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed a pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt, along with a pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. He also obtained a master’s degree in clinical investigation from Vanderbilt.