Jessica Snowden, M.D., Appointed Vice Dean for Research at UAMS College of Medicine

By Linda Satter

A professor and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the college’s Department of Pediatrics, Snowden is a nationally recognized expert in pediatric infectious diseases and pediatric clinical and translational research.

“Dr. Snowden brings stellar research experience to her new role,” said Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D., UAMS’ executive vice chancellor and dean of the College of Medicine.

Since she was recruited to UAMS in 2018, Snowden has held numerous leadership roles at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s, including vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics since 2019 and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases since 2020. She has also served as an associate director for clinical and translational research in the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute since 2019 and is co-director of workforce development in the UAMS Translational Research Institute.

In May 2021, Snowden was invested as the Horace C. Cabe Distinguished Chair for Infectious Diseases at Arkansas Children’s.

She received her medical degree in 2002 from Texas A&M College of Medicine, completed her pediatric residency at East Carolina University/University Health Systems and completed a pediatric infectious disease fellowship at UAMS before serving in faculty positions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University.

She succeeds Nancy Rusch, Ph.D., who stepped down from the research post to focus on her other roles as a distinguished professor and chair of the College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and co-director of key training and workforce development programs at the UAMS Translational Research Institute.



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