Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Arnold received his MD from Emory University School of Medicine and completed pediatric internship and residency training at The University of Virginia. He practiced general pediatrics before returning to fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The University of Alabama Birmingham. He holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
His research interests include asthma monitoring and outcome and oximeter plethysmograph technology, for which he has received grant funding and has conducted laboratory and clinical research. In 2008 he was awarded a 5-year, NIH K23 Mentored Career Development Award for his research protocol “Development of a pediatric Acute Asthma Prediction Rule for severity and outcome.” There is a lack of validated, accurate and objective methods for assessment of acute asthma exacerbations that are non-invasive and effort-independent to the patient. The primary aim of the project will be to develop an Asthma Prediction Rule in conformity to established clinical and biostatistical standards for clinical prediction rules. The primary hypothesis is that select predictor variables can be utilized in a prediction rule that will predict the need for in-hospital asthma care with sufficient sensitivity and specificity to objectively inform clinical decisions for hospital admission. The multiple variables that will be considered in developing the prediction rule will include airway resistance, metrics of work of breathing and altered cardiopulmonary physiology, inflammatory markers and measures of air flow. Dr. Arnold has mentored residents and fellows in clinical research projects and will continue to serve as a resource in this regard.
Dr. Arnold has authored publications in JAMA, Pediatrics, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Respiratory Research, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, and other journals. His clinical interests include asthma, head injury, oral rehydration, and serotonin syndrome. He has been active in child protection for over 25 years, and he has been recognized by Yellow Umbrella and the State of Florida for his work in this area. He has been the medical consultant for the Our Kid’s Center (the metro center for evaluation of sexually abused children and adolescents in Nashville and middle Tennessee).
Dr Arnold and his wife Judi have two children. His personal interests include cycling, backpacking, squash, history and bee keeping.