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Mary E. Aitken, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Professor, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
  • Professor, College of Public Health, Department of Health Policy & Management
  • Section Chief, Center for Applied Research and Evaluation


  • Center for Applied Research and Evaluation


  • General Pediatrics

Contact Information

  • Email:
    Phone: 501-364-3300
    Fax: 501-364-1552
    Address: Arkansas Children's Hospital
    1 Children's Way
    Little Rock, AR 72202


  • B.A., University of North Carolina, 1983
  • M.D., University of North Carolina, 1988
  • M.P.H., University of Washington, 1996


  • Fellowship, Pediatrics, University of Washington, 1994-1996
  • Residency, Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1989-1991
  • Internship, Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1988-1989

Licensure and Board Certification

  • American Board of Medical Specialties, Pediatrics, Pediatrics

Clinical & Research Interests

  • Translational Research, Outcomes Research, Education Research, Pediatric injury prevention, community-based health promotion, advocacy

Recent Honors

  • Executive Committee (elected position), American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Injury and Poisoning Prevention, 2007
  • Fellow Achievement Award, Arkansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008
  • Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary International, 2009
  • Gil Buchanan MD Excellence in Child Advocacy and Community Service Award, Arkansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Foundation, 2009
  • Outstanding Woman Faculty of the Year Award, UAMS Women's Faculty Development Caucus, 2010
  • Outstanding Woman Faculty of the Year, UAMS Women's Faculty Development Caucus, 2010
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Member, Alpha Omega Alpha, Arkansas Chapter, 2011
  • Drs. Joanna & Robert Siebert Award for Teambuilding, Arkansas Children's Hospital, 2012
  • UAMS Phenomenal Woman, UAMS and United States Women's History Month, 2013
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention Fellow Achievement Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015

Recent Publications

  • Journal Article, Smith S., Zhu X., Aitken M. Injury-related infant deaths: a state analysis of a public health, health care, policy network. Front Public Health Serv Sys Res 2016
  • Journal Article, Aitken ME., Mullins SM., House T., Sutton AJ., Swearingen C. Video simulation changes parental perception of ATV safety for children. Injury Prevention 2016 February;
  • Journal Article, Gielen A., McDonald E., Omaki E., Shields W., Case J., Aitken ME. A smart phone app to communicate child passenger safety: an application of theory to practice. Health Education Research 2015 October; (5):683-692.
  • Journal Article, Aitken ME., Miller BK., Anderson BL., Swearingen CJ., Monroe KW., et al. Promoting use of booster seats in rural areas through community sports programs. J Rural Health 2013 August ; 1:s70-s78.
  • Journal Article, Adams LE., Aitken ME., Mullins SH., Graham J. Barriers and facilitators to all-terrian vehicle helmet use. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2013 October; 4(Suppl 3):S296-300.
  • Journal Article, Bowman SM., Aitken ME., Robbins JM. Trends in US pediatric drowninng hospitalizations, 1993-2008. Pediatrics 2012 (2):1-7.
  • Journal Article, Huskins WC., Sullivan CD., Wang J., Aitken ME., et al. Tracking the impact of the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Awards on child health research: developing and evaluating a measurement strategy. Pediatric Research 2012
  • Journal Article, Helmkamp J., Aitken ME., Graham J., Campbell CR. State-specific ATV-related fatality rates: an update for the new millennium. Public Health Reports 2012 127:364-374.
  • Journal Article, Brann M., Mullins SM., Miller BK., Eoff S., Graham J., Aitken ME. Making the message meaningful: A qualitative evaluation of media promoting all-terrain vehicle safety. Injury Prevention 2011 November;
  • Journal Article, Bowman SM., Aitken M., Maham SA., Sharar S. Trends in hospitalizations associated with paediatric burns. Inj Prev 2011 June; 17(3):166-70.

Recent Grant Awards

  • ABI Recruitment Package - SAF money, ACHRI, 2007-04-01 00:00:00-2017-06-30 00:00:00
  • Generations in Families Talking Safe Sleep (GIFTSS), NIH, 1R01HD076702-01A1, 2014-07-14 00:00:00-2019-04-30 00:00:00
  • Generations in Families Talking Safe Sleep (GIFTSS), NIH, 5R01HD076702-02, 2015-05-01 00:00:00-2019-04-30 00:00:00
  • Generations in Families Talking Safe Sleep (GIFTSS), NIH, 5R01HD076702-03, 2016-05-01 00:00:00-2019-04-30 00:00:00

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