Dr. Larry Hartzell grew up in Colorado, Nevada and Arizona and then attended Brigham Young University where he received his undergraduate degree in Zoology with a human biology emphasis. He spent 2 years after his freshman year of college to serve a church mission in Colombia where he became fluent in Spanish. Dr. Hartzell earned his medical degree at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2005 and then he completed a residency in Otolaryngology (ENT) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He then completed fellowship training in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). He has been the director of the cleft team as well as the VPI clinic at ACH since 2012.
Dr. Hartzell is an active participant in multiple local as well as national committees and is academically active in research and lecturing locally as well as internationally. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is a member of numerous medical organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. His major research interests include cleft lip and palate, velopharyngeal insufficiency, hemangiomas and surgical management of hearing loss and otologic disease.
Dr. Hartzell has a strong interest in medical humanitarian mission efforts and has operated on patients with clefts in China, Guatemala, Ecuador and Egypt.