Arkansas Children’s and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have named a new chief of pediatric neurology. Dr. Freedom F. “Fred” Perkins Jr. will serve in the role for both health systems.
Perkins, who serves as a professor of pediatrics for UAMS College of Medicine, will head up Arkansas Children’s Neuroscience Center and MEG laboratory in his new role.
He will be succeeding Greg Sharp as the pediatric neurology chief. Sharp was named chief medical officer for Arkansas Children’s in 2019.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Perkins at the helm of our neurology center,” Sharp said in a statement. “His expertise, team-based approach to care, and passion for helping patients and their families achieve the highest quality of life is incomparable. He is an incredible asset to our unyielding commitment to making children better today and healthier tomorrow.”
Previously, Perkins served as an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology at the University of Texas Dell Medical School and was the interim leader of the center’s epilepsy program. He also was the director for Dell’s magnetoencephalography (MEG) laboratory.
He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and later did his residency training at the University of Texas at Houston. He completed a clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston.