1. News

'The Little Couple' star Jen Arnold joins Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg as a medical director

Dr. Jen Arnold has taken a position as medical director of the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
Published Jul. 11, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — Dr. Jen Arnold, who with her husband stars on the reality television show The Little Couple on TLC, is now a medical director at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

Arnold, 43, joined the hospital earlier this month as medical director of the Simulation Center, which trains clinical staff and graduate students in high-risk or emergency situations. The Research & Education Building, where the center will be housed, is currently under construction and is set to open in the fall of 2018.

Arnold's family life and career as a neonatologist with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder that stunted her growth and caused orthopedic complications, is featured on the TLC show. In season nine, which premieres Sept. 19, her family's move to Florida plays a significant part. After nine years, Arnold is leaving behind her job as a medical director of simulation at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston to return to her hometown. She and her husband, Bill Klein, have two children.

Arnold was born at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg and was transferred to All Children's neonatal intensive care unit as an infant.

After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Miami in 1996, Arnold received her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. She also collaborated with Dr. Betsy Hunt, director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center in Baltimore.

Dr. Jonathan Ellen, president and vice dean of All Children's, said in a statement that Arnold's role will be critical at the center.

"Dr. Arnold will help us to expand our mission to improve patient safety and outcomes for children," he said.

Arnold will also serve as a part-time assistant professor at John Hopkins University. In a statement, she said she plans on teaching medical graduate students on how to give instructions to parents to care for premature infants when they leave the hospital. She also plans on extending the training to first responders and military personnel.

"I'm thrilled to return home to Florida," she said in a statement. "The opportunity at Johns Hopkins All Children's is a perfect fit personally for me, my husband and two kids and professionally with the growing education and research resources at the hospital."

Contact Melissa Gomez at Follow @MelissaGomez004.


  1. Authorities found 29-year-old Sharee Bradley stabbed to death on Aug. 5. The chief says she had three children; the 12-year-old and 3-year-old were found safe, but Nevaeh had disappeared. Sumter Police Department/Facebook
    DNA from the remains found Friday has been matched to Nevaeh Adams, Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark told reporters.
  2. Cars back up at a Tampa intersection last October, not long before Hillsborough County voters approved a one-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. This week, local officials detailed how the money would be spent, if the tax survives a legal challenge before the Florida Supreme Court. URSO, CHRIS  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Local governments have plans for $527 million in projects. But the Florida Supreme Court would need to clear the way.
  3. FILE - In this Sunday, April 22, 2018, file photo, a statue of a chained man is on display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in racist lynchings, in Montgomery, Ala. Facing an impeachment inquiry that he and supporters claim is illegal, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, that the process is a lynching. Some Republicans agree, but the relatives of actual lynching victims don’t. BRYNN ANDERSON  |  AP
    Made in a tweet that drew backing from some Republican supporters including Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Trump’s claim was ill-informed at best and racist at worst, they said.
  4. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    Damien Wiggins Jr. was found with a gunshot wound in the parking lot of a vacant business on Haines Road.
  5. FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2018 file photo, Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz listens during a status check on his case at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. As his death penalty trial draws closer, a hearing is set for school shooting defendant Cruz in the 2018 massacre that killed 17 people. The hearing Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, likely concerns the setting of timelines leading up to the planned January trial of the 21-year-old Cruz. AMY BETH BENNETT  |  AP
    The hearing Wednesday likely concerns the setting of timelines leading up to the planned January trial of the 21-year-old Cruz.
  6. FILE - This undated file photo released by the FBI shows 3-year-old Kamille McKinney, who police say has been missing since she was abducted while attending a birthday party on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. Investigators searching through garbage found the body of McKinney, who was missing more than a week, and authorities are charging two people with murder, police said Tuesday, Oct. 22. AP
    The child, known as “Cupcake” to relatives, vanished while outside a birthday party on Oct. 12. Investigators know of no link between the suspects and the girl or her family, police say.
  7. An aerial view as police forensic officers attend the scene after a truck was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, in Thurock, South England, early Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019. Police in southeastern England said that 39 people were found dead Wednesday inside a truck container believed to have come from Bulgaria. UK POOL  |  AP
    “We are in the process of identifying the victims, however, I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process," Essex Police Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner said.
  8. A top U.S. diplomat, William Taylor, departs the Capitol after testifying in the Democrats' impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE  |  AP
    Democrats said they were shocked and disturbed by what they heard. A look at the key takeaways from Taylor’s statement, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
  9. A Florida black bear (not this one) was found at a Marion County school and removed. CARLTON WARD JR  |  Carlton Ward Jr
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  10. Weeki Wachee Springs main entrance VAUGHN HUGHES  |  Tampa Bay Times
    From its iconic mermaids to its signature statue, Weeki Wachee Springs will be considered for historic designation.