Carmen Paniagua EdD, MSN, RN, CPC, APRN, FAANP is currently an Instructor and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, as well as the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Paniagua received her BS and MS in nursing from the University of Puerto Rico. She completed a doctorate in Education from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She then earned a Post-Master's in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at the UAMS College of Nursing. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Genetics at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Nursing Research Institute & Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies and a post-doctoral traineeship in Interventional Pain Management in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Paniagua was the former Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Director at UAMS College of Nursing. She also has worked at UAMS as a Clinical Nurse Geneticist in the Adult Genetic Clinic of the Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Dr. Paniagua is the only Advanced Genetics Nurse certified in the state of AR. Previously she worked as an Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at GI Associates Southeast Arkansas, and she continues to serve as an Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for Westside Charity Hispanic Clinic in Little Rock.
She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics. Dr. Paniagua currently is a Certified Procedural Coder (CPC) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).