The pediatric surgery research lab is based at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute under the direction of Sam Smith, M.D. The lab’s main focus is the development of a useful research model for the prevention and treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis. Our research group continues to look at different methods of preventing gut origin sepsis in both our laboratory model and in the neonatal intensive care unit. The most recent focus has been on use of a novel probiotic that, when added to newborn formula, provides significant protection from gram negative contaminated feeding.We are currently working on clinical reviews of our outcomes for our surgical treatment of Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Appendicitis, Hirschsprung’s disease, and Esophageal Atresia. We also are analyzing the success of different surgical procedures such as Nissen fundoplication, placement of G-buttons, inguinal hernia repair, and pediatric Da Vinci robotic procedures.
We have an excellent surgical research tech, David Irby, who has help trained pediatric surgery and general surgery residents, as well as undergraduate and medical students. We continue to present and publish our results in both national forums and major peer reviewed journals. We currently offer short term rotations for students and a one year funded research position for surgery residents interested in pediatric surgery research that includes some clinical coverage. For more information contact Dr. Smith or David Irby.