UAMS’ Mick Tilford, Ph.D., Receives National Heroes Award

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LITTLE ROCK – John “Mick” Tilford, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), received a 2006 National Heroes Award from the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program (EMSC).


Tilford was presented with the Outstanding EMSC Research Project Award for his work on the grant-funded project, “Economic evaluation of intensive care services for pediatric traumatic brain injury patients.” The grant was awarded to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute with Tilford as the principal investigator.


This award highlights research that confirms current practice or has the potential to impact the provision of pediatric emergency care at a national or international level.


Findings from Tilford’s project were published in the September 2005 issue of Critical Care Medicine.  It demonstrated the effect of aggressive critical care on reducing mortality from one of the leading causes of death in infants and children – traumatic brain injury. Tilford is a recognized expert in health economics and has contributed to the EMSC program for more than 10 years by participating in grant reviews, grantee meetings and stakeholder meetings.


Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the comprehensive clinical, research and teaching affiliate of the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. UAMS pediatric faculty physicians and surgeons are on staff at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 9,300 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.5 billion a year. For more information, visit