June 16, 2017

Carmen Paniagua Torres Ed.D., RN, CPC, APRN


Dr. Paniagua completed her master degree in nursing from the University of Puerto Rico Summa Cum Laude. She then finished a doctorate degree from University of AR at Little Rock and then received a post-master’s degree in Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from University of AR for Medical Sciences UALR.  In addition, she completed a Post-Doctoral Traineeship at the National Health of Institutes (NIH) in Bethesda, MD in Molecular Genetics and another one in Interventional Pain Management in Puerto Rico. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Certified Procedural Coder, Certified Medical Interpreter, Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics-Board Certified and Advanced Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified in Adult Acute Care and Gerontology Adult Acute Care.

She holds a faculty appointment as Instructor at the College of Medicine with secondary appointment with the College of Health Related Professions-Genetics Counseling at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS). In addition, she holds another appointment as Associate Professor at the School of Nursing Medical Science Campus University of Puerto Rico. She is a former Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Specialty Coordinator. In 2013 she received with the UAMS Phenomenal Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics award. Others recognitions included; International Society of Nurse Geneticists Founders Award –Service Contributions to Genetics Nursing; International Society of Nurse Geneticists Founders Award –Service Contributions to Genetics Nursing; 2008 American College of Nurse Practitioners – ACNP Community Service Award; 2007 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties – Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award 2007 American Academy of Nurse among others.

Dr. Paniagua’s main focus has been integrating genomics, cultural diversity and health care disparities into nursing and medical curriculum. She serves as a Commissioner for the Arkansas Health Minority Commission for her second term and to the Arkansas Governor Hispanic Advisory Committee. Dr. Paniagua practices at the UAMS-Emergency Department, the Westside Charity Hispanic Clinic and with Adult Genetics, and private practice. She also conducts clinical/education research. She has developed an online clinical genetics course and cultural diversity modules; collaborated with multiple health care providers; served as consultant for various hospitals, and presented research and other topics at the local, state, national and international level.