OUR STAFF

Gene L. France, M.D.

Gene L. France, M.D. is an allergist, clinical immunologist and asthma specialist. After graduation from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, he fulfilled a three-year residency in pediatrics and then completed a two-year fellowship in allergy and immunology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. During his fellowship, he received specialized training in the evaluation and care of children and adults with allergic and immunologic diseases, and asthma. He joined the Little Rock Allergy & Asthma Clinic in 1981. Dr. France has been married for over 40 years to his wife Margie. They have 7 kids and 10 grandkids.
Dr. France is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the American Association of Certified Allergists. Dr. France is a member of the American Medical Association and state and local societies. Dr. France’s practice is limited to the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, allergic diseases and immunological disorders in children and adults.

Jim Mark Ingram, M.D.

Jim M. Ingram, M.D. is a graduate of the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He served a pediatric internship and residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and UAMS. Afterward, he completed a two-year fellowship in allergy and immunology in children and adults at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. He joined the Little Rock Allergy and Asthma Clinic in 1994. He is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and American Board of Pediatrics. He is married to Allison Pounds Ingram and they have four children.
Dr. Ingram’s practice is limited to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and asthma in both children and adults.

Karl Sitz, M.D.

Dr. Karl Sitz, M.D., FACP, FAAAI specializes in the treatment of allergic conditions and asthma in children and adults. He received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, followed by a three-year residency in internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Little Rock Veterans Administration Hospital. Following a year of general internal medicine practice in the U.S. Army at Ft. Polk, LA, he completed a two-year fellowship in allergy and immunology at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He continued his career as a research scientist and clinician at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. Upon his return to Arkansas in 1996, he joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and the co-director of the Sinus and Allergy Clinic. He joined the Little Rock Allergy and Asthma Clinic in 2000, where he practices clinical medicine and serves as the Medical Director of the Clinical Research Center, testing promising new treatments for asthma and allergic diseases.

Dr. Sitz is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, with an added qualification in clinical and laboratory immunology, and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology as well as the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Sitz is married to his wife of over 30 years with two adult children. He is a native of Little Rock and currently lives in Benton, AR. He spends most of his leisure time involved with various church-related activities, including international missions. He is the founder and co-director of the Immanuel Optical Ministry, which has provided prescription and reading glasses to thousands of poor people around the world. He and his wife also lead the local church Operation Christmas Child Packing Party, which has provided shoe box gifts and good news to over 10,000 children around the world.

Deanna N. Ruddell, M.D.

Deanna N. Ruddell, M.D. a native of Newport, Arkansas, is an allergist and asthma specialist. She attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After graduation, she performed her internship and residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and UAMS. Dr. Ruddell completed a two-year fellowship in the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She joined Little Rock Allergy & Asthma Clinic in the summer of 1996. She received her board certifications from the American Board of Allergy and Immunology in 1997 and the American Board of Pediatrics in 1994. Dr. Ruddell is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the Arkansas Medical Society.
Dr. Ruddell is married to John Ruddell, who is a structural engineer with Garver LLC. They have two children, Rachel and Jack. Dr. Ruddell enjoys biking the Arkansas River Trail and playing tennis.

Blake G. Scheer, M.D.

Blake G. Scheer, MD specializes in the treatment of pediatric and adult allergy, asthma and immunodeficiency disorders. Dr. Scheer is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and a graduate of Southside High School. He earned his BS degree at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and MD degree at UAMS. He completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UAMS and the Little Rock Veterans Administration Hospital. He then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he completed a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at St. Louis University and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Dr. Scheer has special interest in allergic skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis but evaluates and treats all allergic conditions.

Dr. Scheer is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Association of Certified Allergists. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Medical Society and is also a member of the Pulaski County Medical Society.

Ellen Lu, M.D.

Ellen Lu MD specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric allergic conditions, asthma, and primary immune disorders. Dr. Lu graduated from Little Rock Central High School and received her undergraduate degree from Yale University. She then returned to Little Rock where she received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences followed by an Internal Medicine residency at UAMS. Dr. Lu subsequently completed a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She began her allergy practice in Hot Springs Arkansas before joining Little Rock Allergy & Asthma Clinic in 2006.
Dr. Lu is board-certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology as well as the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI). She has served as President of the Cazort Allergy Society of Arkansas. She is also currently a member of the American College of Physicians, the Arkansas Medical Society, and Pulaski County Medical Society. Dr. Lu’s practice involves evaluation and treatment of allergic diseases, asthma, and primary immune disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.