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Paul Manbeck, MD

I spent my childhood in a small town in central Florida. In seventh grade we moved to Wichita, Kansas . I graduated from high school and went to a small private Christian university in Olathe, Kansas. I majored in Theology and attended a seminary in Kansas City. My plan was to study the Old Testament and teach in a college. During my final year of seminary, I picked up a book written by Oliver Sacks which I couldn’t put down. The cases covered in this book were fascinating.   My interest continued to grow and I started to research what it would take to apply to medical school. I spoke with numerous family members and mentors about my interest. Since I had always been drawn to science and math, medicine seemed like a perfect fit for me. For this reason, I decided to leave Seminary and take the necessary courses to apply to medical school.   Two years later I found myself putting on that short white coat at the University of Kansas.   During my second year, we learned about the brain and nervous system and I loved it. The next year I took a neurology rotation at the local children’s hospital.   After that month, I knew I was going to become a Pediatric Neurologist.   During residency interviews, we came to Little Rock and felt at home. We made our choice and never looked back.

I have been married to my best friend for six years. My wife is a pediatric resident and we are expecting our first child, a boy, this fall. We have a crazy Boston Terrier named Lemon.   I enjoy sports and am a huge fan of the Kansas City Royals and Florida State Seminoles. In addition, I love music and attempt to play the guitar every now and then.   We also love to travel and my favorite place in the world is Florence, Italy.

Language(s) spoken: English
Hometown: Kansas City
Undergrad: MidAmerica Nazarene University
Medical School: University of Kansas

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