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Dr. Jennifer  Arnold

Dr. Jennifer Arnold

Co-Star of TLC’s Little Couple, Neonatologist & Cancer Survivor


Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc, FAAP was born in St. Petersburg, FL and grew up in Orlando, FL. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology at the University of Miami in Florida. She then completed her medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD and graduated in 2000. She attended a Pediatric Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. During her fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, she obtained a Master's of Science in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is Board Certified in Neonatal Medicine and is currently the Medical Director of the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Read More >

Dr. Arnold has been involved in simulation education, patient safety, and research endeavors for the last 10 years.  She was a NIH postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Safar Center for Resuscitative Medicine from July 2006-July 2007. She has been funded for her simulation educational research through the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine, Cullen Trust for Healthcare, Texas Children’s Hospital Educational Grants, and MD Anderson Foundation. Currently, her areas of interest within simulation include use of simulation for evaluating new clinical spaces, team training, improving quality and patient safety, improving home care and skills for primary caregivers of medically complex children, and developing educational curricula for various departments throughout the hospital.

She has spoken both nationally and internationally on healthcare simulation and has made inspirational speeches on overcoming obstacles for avenues such as the Texas Conference for Women, Shiners Hospital, Sloan Kettering, March of Dimes and many more. She has received awards including the Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education from the Academic Pediatric Association in 2008, Compassionate Doctor Recognition, and Patients' Choice Award from Vitals.com. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the International Pediatric Simulation Society.  She is on the executive boards for the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston, the INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education), and OpHeart (nonprofit dedicated to improving pediatric care of children with complex congenital heart disease). She is a national ambassador for Speak Now for Kids through the Children’s Hospital Association (online child advocacy network to raise awareness for unique challenges of children and families in our healthcare system).

Dr. Arnold has a rare type of dwarfism called Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Type Strudwick (which involved more than 30 orthopedic surgeries). She is also a survivor of a rare form of uterine cancer. Dr. Arnold, her husband Bill and their children Will and Zoey are featured on TLC's docu-drama, The Little Couple, which follows their personal and professional lives. She has also appeared on television programs including OprahThe Today ShowGMADr. OZThe DoctorsWendy WilliamsAnderson Cooper and CNN among others. Read Less ^

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Dr. Jennifer Arnold On the Importance of Nurses

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Dr. Jennifer Arnold Keynote Speaker

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Overcoming Cancer, Finding Strength in Survivorship

In 2013, what should have been the happiest time of Dr. Jennifer Arnold’s life turned into her worst nightmare. The reality TV star was diagnosed with stage 3 uterine cancer after experiencing bleeding during a trip to India to adopt her daughter. The rare form of the disease, called choriocarcinoma, metastasized as tumors in both her uterus and lungs. Dr. Arnold endured intensive chemotherapy and a hysterectomy. Now a survivor, she recalls fighting for her life with the tireless support of her husband, family, friends, colleagues and health professionals. She also shared her cancer battle with her television audience, who showered her with support and their own experiences with cancer. “I love being able to share and have that commonality with individual who are going through some of the toughest journeys of their lives,” she said. Now continuing her journey as a survivor, Dr. Arnold inspires us with her story of conquering cancer and finding everyday appreciation for what really matters in life.

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