Posted: Jan 25, 2013
Dr. Jennifer Arnold co-stars in the popular Learning Channel television program “The Little Couple”. She is also the medical director of the Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She is passionate about education on healthcare issues speaking nationally and internationally about healthcare simulation education and is a CBR advisor.
CBR: How did you choose a career in medicine?
Dr. Arnold: I learned early in my life that it is important to have big dreams. As a child, I endured countless surgeries because I was born with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia (SED), which causes short stature and many orthopedic complications. My dream to become a physician started because of the influence of my orthopedic surgeon and the struggles I faced as a child.
CBR: Can you describe your roles at Texas Children’s Hospital?
Dr. Arnold: As a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, I take care of the sickest, most premature babies who come to the neonatal intensive care unit. I am also the medical director of the Pediatric Simulation Center at the hospital, a multidisciplinary center providing hands-on pediatric and obstetric simulation training in a realistic environment to improve patient safety and patient care.
CBR: CBR is involved in several clinical trials looking at the use of a child’s own stem cells as a therapy for diseases that currently have no cure. How might that impact your work as a neonatologist?
Dr. Arnold: I’m excited to know that research is going on right here in Houston and all over the country that could one day impact the options my colleagues and I will have in working with the sickest babies. It is important for parents to be educated on the value of newborn stem cells and their options for preserving them when the children are born. Since educating other physicians about patient safety and patient care is part of my role at the hospital, I’m eager to spread awareness about what is going on in newborn stem cell research and happy to have partnered with CBR.