Henry (Hank) Farrar, M.D.Henry (Hank) Farrar, M.D.
Residency Program Director
Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pharmacology/Toxicology

Henry (Hank) Farrar received his medical degree from UAMS followed by a pediatric residency at UAMS and ACH. After this he completed fellowships in pediatric emergency medicine and clinical pharmacology at the University of Virginia and at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. Since returning to UAMS, he has been actively involved in pediatric education, including being the junior pediatric clerkship director for 6 years, receiving a red sash award for teaching excellence for 7 of the last 9 years and being named one of the Educators of the Year by the Department of Pediatrics in 2003. He is also involved in international medical outreach, having worked with programs in Romania and Nigeria. His main hobbies include golf and gardening, and he also enjoys traveling, photography, camping and folk music festivals.


Jared Beavers, M.D.Jared Beavers, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor, Neonatology

Dr. Beavers is an Arkansas native who lives in Little Rock, AR with his beautiful and amazing wife, Blair, and their daughters, Emerson and Bennett. He is a General Pediatrician in the division of Neonatology, caring for term and late preterm newborns. He is passionate about Resident and Student education, food, and innovation. His research and educational interests include Medical Informatics, Neonatal Literacy Outcomes, Technology in Education, and Curriculum Integration. He holds memberships with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Academic Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the Christian Medical and Dental Society. Dr. Beavers can be found in the NICUs of UAMS and ACH, The Pediatric House Staff Office, his home workshop, or on the lake with his family.


Debbie BectonDebbie Becton, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics

 


Richard BlaszakRichard Blaszak, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Professor, Nephrology


Courtney Edgar-ZarateCourtney Edgar-Zarate, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Courtney is a Med/Peds hospitalist and serves as an Associate Program Director for the Pediatric and Med/Peds Residency programs. Her role for the pediatric residency entails quality improvement education and oversight for resident scholarly activity. She is project leader for the I-PASS patient handoff program.  For quality improvement, she had designed a small group quality improvement course that all residents will begin during their second year. During these sessions, you will learn about quality improvement and work through a quality improvement project. Dr. Edgar-Zarate aids residents in navigating different avenues to find a scholarly project that is beneficial to the individual’s career decision.


Becca PerinBecca Perin, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics
Becca Perin, M.D., received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She completed her pediatric residency at UAMS and ACH. She is a general Pediatrician in the Circle of Friends and General Pediatric Clinics at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She​ has a passion for resident education, and her specific interests include child advocacy and the integration of technology and curriculum development. In particular, she has developed a mobile app-based curriculum for resident learning. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, and baking and decorating cookies.


Emily Smith, M.D.Emily Smith, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hospitalist

Emily received her medical degree from UAMS before completing her pediatric residency at UAMS and ACH. After completing her residency she joined the Department of Pediatrics as faculty in the sections of Hospital Medicine and General Pediatrics. She enjoys the clinical variety and teaching opportunities of both outpatient primary care and tertiary inpatient care. Emily grew up in Little Rock and is happy to contribute to the investment of ACH and UAMS in the state by working to improve the way we deliver care to the children in Arkansas as well as training the next generation of pediatricians. She loves spending down time with friends, family and her two dogs. She loves fiction (movies, TV, or books), board games, coffee, candles, and music.