Prominent Arkansas Doctor Found Dead

December 26, 2004--Posted at 8:30 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK --  Doctor Jonathan Drummond-Webb, Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock,was found dead this morning of an apparent suicide.

Drummond-Webb had a national reputation for excellence in his work with infants and children with heart problems.

Earlier this year, he performed the first successful implant of a heart pump for children.

Shocked collegues held a press conference this morning.

"Very much out of character. He was a triathlete. He ran triathalons. He scuba dived. He skied. He loved life, and was devoted to his wife. He was devoted to his patients and his families,"said colleage scott gorden.

Doctor Jonathan Bates, the hospital's CEO, says there will be no disruption in the level of care since Drummond-Webb's medical partners are familiar with patients' needs