Dr. Pete Mourani to Lead Arkansas Children’s Research Institute

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Following a national search, Arkansas Children’s has named Dr. Pete Mourani president of Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) and senior vice president and chief research officer for the state’s only pediatric health system.

He will serve as the fifth president of ACRI, effective Dec. 7, and succeeds Dr. Greg Kearns, who retired.

Mourani, who will also be a professor of pediatrics and pediatric critical care in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, joins Arkansas Children’s from the University of Colorado and Children’s Colorado Hospital.

He has served as medical director of the Children’s Hospital Clinical Research Organization (CCRO) and most recently as medical director of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Research Institute. Mourani was also a professor of pediatrics in the Section of Critical Care Medicine.

In addition, he will hold the Ross and Mary Whipple Family Distinguished Research Scientist Endowed Chair at Arkansas Children’s.

Mourani is also the site principal investigator and steering committee member for the eight-site National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-supported Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network, which performs clinical research in the field of pediatric critical illness and injury. ACRI will join the 24-site CPCCRN if its pending renewal application is accepted.