Dr. Joanna Seibert developed the department of pediatric radiology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital coming to Arkansas with her husband in 1976 as Arkansas Children’s Hospital became the center for children in Arkansas. She was the first trained pediatric radiologist in the state. She previously was at the University of Iowa and was the first woman on their faculty. She has represented Arkansas across the country and abroad, developing a pediatric radiology department of distinction. One of her major developments was helping to find a method of detecting whether children with Sickle Cell Disease are at risk to develop a stroke as well as studying whether premature babies could be less at risk by several methods of treatment to the mother. She is the author of over 100 peer review papers on Pediatric Radiology and several Textbooks, the most recent in 2017 is Casebook of Pediatric Radiology 2 Edition a primary text for radiology residents to learn about pediatric radiology. Biennially Arkansas Children’s Hospital gives an award to the physician who embodies teamwork in his or her practice. The award is named the Joanna and Robert Seibert award. Dr. Seibert was named among the top 100 Women in Arkansas 1996-1998, the Worthen Arkansas Professional Woman of Distinction in 1992, and has been named among the Best Doctors in Arkansas 1997 until partial retirement in 2013.
She became an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2001 and has served four congregations, St. Margaret’s, Trinity Cathedral, St. Luke’s North Little Rock, and presently is at St. Mark’s Little Rock developing health ministries, grief recovery groups across the state, teaching lay people how to become visitors to the sick as a facilitator of the Community of Hope, working with people in recovery, preaching and helping to develop adult education for parishes. She also leads retreat in the state and throughout the country especially for women who are seeking a deeper spiritual life in a busy world as well as leading retreats for men and women in recovery for addiction. She is the author of six books on spirituality in today’s world. Dr. Seibert and her husband Robert have lived in Little Rock for almost 40 years and have three grown children and six grandchildren.