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

Richard received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine followed by a pediatric residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Before joining the medical staff of Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 1999, he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He currently serves as the Division Chief for Pediatric Nephrology. Dr. Blaszak enjoys teaching and mentoring residents and junior faculty and currently oversees the Pediatric Resident Advisor and Faculty Interviewer Programs. He has 4 children and 4 beautiful grandchildren. When not at work he enjoys traveling, off-grid camping, and maintaining a 17-acre homestead.

Liza Murray, M.D.Liza Murray, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor, Team for Children at Risk

Liza attended Medical School at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, completed her pediatric residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2011, spent a year at ACH as a pediatric chief resident and completed her Child Abuse Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Equally passionate about working with at-risk children and providing mentorship and education for learners, she feels privileged to work at ACH as a Child Abuse Pediatrician and Associate Program Director for residents. Recognizing the importance of work-life balance, she tries to practice what she preaches by spending quality time with her family and friends, including her husband and 2 daughters and will find any excuse to eat out at a good restaurant.

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.