The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery is based at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) a 370 bed hospital in Little Rock, AR. It is the only children’s hospital in the state of Arkansas. It is also the state’s only American College of Surgeons Level 1 pediatric trauma center, state’s only level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and the state’s only National Association of Epilepsy Centers level IV comprehensive epilepsy program. As a teaching affiliate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), ACH provides pediatric education for fellows, residents, medical students, nursing students, and allied health professionals.

Pediatric Neurosurgery Faculty

Gregory Albert, MD, MPH, FAANS, FACS, FAAP (Fellowship Program Director):

Dr. Albert received his MD and MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2003. This was followed by neurosurgery residency (2003 – 2009) and fellowship (2009 – 2010) at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He then completed a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, ON (2010 – 2011). He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. He practices the full range of pediatric neurosurgery with particular emphasis in epilepsy surgery. He is the Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at ACH and an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at UAMS.

Eylem Öcal, MD, FAANS:

Dr. Öcal graduated from the Marmara University School of Medicine in Instanbul, Turkey in 2003. She completed neurosurgery residency at Yale-New Haven Medical Center in 2010. This was followed by pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at British Columbia Children’s Hospital. Dr Öcal is certified by both the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. She practices the full range of pediatric neurosurgery with particular emphasis in the management of infants with myelomeningocele and other congenital anomalies. She also provides prenatal counseling for the ACH Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery. She is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at UAMS.

Rongsheng Cai, MD, PhD:

Dr. Cai received his medical degree in 1985 and PhD in 1992, both from Tongii Medical College of Hauzhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. He completed neurosurgery residency at Tongii Hospital after which he served as an attending neurosurgeon at the same institution. After relocating to the United States, he completed fellowship training in brain tumor and endoscopic neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic and pediatric neurosurgery fellowship training at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. He practices the full range of pediatric neurosurgery with a particular emphasis on craniofacial surgery (including endoscopic techniques) and moya-moya syndrome. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at UAMS.