March 29, 2007

UAMS Hosts Rockefeller Lecture on Improving Pediatric Care






 ‘American Health Care. If It’s Broken, Fix It!’


LITTLE ROCK – Thomas Boat, M.D., an advocate for improved pediatric subspecialty training, will present “American Health Care. If It’s Broken, Fix It!” at 4 p.m. April 10 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as part of the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series.


The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Fred W. Smith Auditorium on the 12th floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, near the intersection of Jack Stephens Drive and West Capitol Avenue on the UAMS campus.


Boat is professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. He is a pediatric pulmonologist, a specialist in lung diseases in children.


Early in his career, Boat worked to develop more effective therapies for chronic lung diseases of childhood, such as cystic fibrosis. More recently, he has worked at local and national levels to improve subspecialty training and clinical care in pediatrics.


Parking is available in the Outpatient Parking Deck north of the Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute building. A sky bridge connects the parking deck to the second floor of the Stephens Institute.


Funding for the lecture is provided by a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. 


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 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit www.uams.edu.