Dr. Rice is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a doctoral degree in Medicine from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in health evaluation sciences from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Rice received residency and chief residency training in pediatrics at the University of Arizona where she received multiple teaching awards. She worked for several years as a general pediatrician on the Arizona-Mexico border as part of the National Health Service Corp. During this time she developed a particular interest in children with special needs and policy issues related to their care. She then took a position on the faculty at the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics working as a primary care provider for children with special health care needs and serving as a medical director for the Children’s Rehabilitation Services.
In 1999, Dr. Rice returned to fellowship training in developmental pediatrics at the University of Virginia and was granted an Individual National Research Service Award to support the development of a risk-adjusted model for functional outcome after traumatic brain injury in children. She remained on faculty in Developmental Pediatrics, working clinically with children with traumatic brain injury and autism, and was Medical Director of Head of the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center and Research Institute, University of Virginia.
She joined the Department of Pediatrics at the UA in April, 2005. She has a special interest in children with traumatic brain injury, autism and children with complex medical conditions.
Dr. Rice is active with the American Academy of Pediatrics and has been the editor of an online publication for developmental pediatricians, PREPDB. She is also active in the Arizona chapter of the AAP and multiple community and state boards.