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Dr. Gregory Kearns Accepts Third Term on World Health Organization Panel (Movers & Shakers)

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Dr. Gregory Kearns, president of the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, senior vice president/chief research officer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, was recently reappointed to the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Evaluation.

The reappointment marks Kearns’ third consecutive four-year term as a member of the WHO panel, which evaluates medications for inclusion on both the WHO Essential Medicines List and the Essential Medicines List for children. For more than 32 years, he has worked as a pediatric clinical pharmacologist, pursuing interdisciplinary, clinical-translational research to study associations among development, disease and pharmacogenomics and their contribution to variability of drug disposition and action.


Dr. Ahmed Halal has joined the cardiovascular and thoracic surgery team at NEA Baptist Health Center in Jonesboro. Halal most recently served as medical director of cardiac surgery at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and is board certified in both general and thoracic surgery.


John Brandon Allison, Ryan Costello, Richard Dylan Murphy, Joanne Pardun and Bobby J. Swinney are the inaugural class of internal medicine residents at St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro.

Allison and Swinney are graduates of William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Costello is a graduate of DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. Murphy graduated from Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville and Pardun from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado.

The three-year residency program will include intensive training through observation, lectures, working under the mentorship of other physicians and following patients through a resident clinic. After completing the program, physicians may become independent practitioners.


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