Nov. 3, 2005 | Robert D.B. “Jake” Jaquiss, M.D., of Milwaukee, looked around the country and saw few opportunities better than that offered at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital as chief of pediatric and congenital cardiac surgery.
So Jaquiss decided to move to
Most recently he has served as an associate professor of surgery and senior cardiothoracic attending physician at the Medical College of Wisconsin in
Jaquiss said he chose to leave
What makes it strong is an outstanding team of specialists, he said, mentioning UAMS’ Michiaki Imamura, M.D., pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, Robert Morrow, M.D., chief of pediatric cardiology, and Michael Schmitz, M.D., chief of cardiac anesthesia, as physicians who have helped continue the tradition of exceptional results for ACH’s heart patients.
“They are all acknowledged national leaders of outstanding reputation, and I am absolutely delighted to be joining physicians of their caliber,” Jaquiss said.
Jaquiss also brings an exceptional reputation to the pediatric team, said UAMS College of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
“Dr. Jaquiss is recognized as a national leader and an outstanding pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon who has pioneered multiple procedures for congenital heart disease surgery,” Reece said.
When Jaquiss began learning his specialty, he said he found that he had a knack for the technically demanding field. He also maintains a low-key, even-keeled approach that has kept him on course through the highs and lows of the job. He credits his wife for understanding the severe demands on his time as they have raised three children: a son now in college and two daughters at home.
Jaquiss says that encountering infants and children with major heart defects is stressful and sometimes discouraging, but the job offers great rewards, too. While babies are fragile in some respects, he said, they’re more resilient than adults.
The specialty also is a collegial one, he said. Rather than compete with each other, pediatric heart surgeons are like a team whose members know they must work together to succeed.
“I think it’s the coolest of the specialties,” Jaquiss said.
Jaquiss is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in
His first academic appointment was in 1995 at the
Jaquiss is a member of numerous surgical societies and professional organizations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the 21st Century Cardiac Surgical Society, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the
He has published extensively in scientific literature and presented his work at national and international meetings. He also has served as principal investigator on several basic science and clinical research projects.