Kent McKelvey, MD
Associate Professor in Medical Genetics and Family Medicine
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Kent McKelvey, MD, is an Associate Professor in Medical Genetics and Family Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is board-certified in both specialties. He serves as the Director of Adult and Cancer Genetics Services at UAMS and is the inaugural recipient of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Chair in Clinical Genetics.
Dr. McKelvey leads a multidisciplinary clinic that provides comprehensive services for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome. He is interested in public health issues that take into account the growing number of people with genetic syndromes and the complex interplay of medical and social needs in this population across lifespan.
Dr. McKelvey has published original research investigating the etiology of osteoporosis in individuals with Down syndrome and has worked as Principal Investigator on clinical trials involving cognitive aspects of Down syndrome. He is actively researching nutrition, autoimmunity and the role of inflammation as it relates to dementia. He is interested in biomarkers and genetic changes which predict the early onset of common diseases in Down syndrome and also have implications for treatment of disease in the general population.