General Pediatric clinics, located at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, are staffed with highly qualified, experienced board certified pediatricians and nurse practitioners who provide skilled, compassionate care to patients with both common pediatric problems as well as complicated chronic medical conditions. Routine well child care is also an important part of the clinic mission. Providers in the section also have expertise in the care of more specialized patient populations, including asthma, ADHD, autism and high risk newborns. Section members conduct ongoing clinical research in a variety of areas including burden-of-illness and pharmaceutical trials. The mission of General Pediatrics is threefold: to provide acute and continuity of care for all children who need quality medical intervention, to teach the state’s pediatricians-in-training, and to provide a setting for clinical research.

 

Sowmya N. Patil, M.B.B.S., MD., FAAP – Interim Section Chief

 

 

Dr. Sowmya Patil is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She received her medical training in India at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and completed her pediatric residency training at UAMS/ACH. She is both a pediatrician and an educator, and teaches medical students and residents in the College of Medicine at UAMS and also at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Patil is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Dr. Patil practices general pediatrics at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock, primarily at the Circle of Friends (COF) resident continuity clinic, and the resident teaching clinic. Dr. Patil is the Interim Section Chief for the General Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Divisions, and is also the Medical Director of the ACH Circle of Friends Teaching Clinic.

Dr. Patil is a strong advocate for immunizations and effective communication skills and places great importance on patient-doctor relationship.

“The favorite parts of my job are interacting with patients and families to collaborate with them to assess their wellbeing and help the children reach their maximum potential. I enjoy teaching the rising pediatricians the value of good communication skills and developing good patient centered care. My family has made the beautiful city of Little Rock our home for many years and enjoy everything the city has to offer.”

 

Debra Becton, M.D., FAAP

 

Dr. Debra Becton is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and has been a general pediatrician and educator at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) since 1991. She was born and raised in Arkansas, attended medical school at UAMS, and did her residency at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Becton is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Becton is the resident continuity clinic co-director and spends her time in the Circle of Friends Clinic at ACH teaching residents about caring for pediatric patients. She is passionate about well childcare, preventative care, and parent education.

“I love teaching residents! It is very rewarding to watch new doctors transform into excellent clinicians who are capable and confident in their medical skills. My husband (a Pediatric Oncologist at ACH) and I have raised 5 sons, one daughter, and now have 6 grandsons. I enjoy traveling, cooking, exercising, and playing mah-jong with friends.”

 

Hannah L. Beene-Lowder, M.D., FAAP 

 

 

Dr. Hannah Beene is a Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Beene is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Beene started her career at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), then moved with her family to Fort Smith, Arkansas and enjoyed Community Pediatrics from 1991-2013. In 2013, Dr. Beene returned to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in North-West Arkansas where she practiced General Pediatric Primary Care. Dr. Beene moved back to Little Rock in 2017, where she joined the General Pediatric Clinic on the main ACH campus. Dr. Beene sees and treats patients for well care and prevention/management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions.

“I love meeting families and being part of their child’s nurturing, development, and safety. I grew up on a farm in Eastern Arkansas and enjoy all the seasons our Natural State has to offer. Parents are the C.E.O of their children’s health care and I want to partner with families to provide guidance and support for their greatest opportunity ever- parenthood! Family is the joy of my life! Motherhood has been my greatest blessing and I have truly enjoyed every age.”

 

Kaitlin Cockerell, M.D., FAAP
Kaitlin Cockerell, MD, FAAP | Baptist Health

 

Dr. Kaitlin Cockerell is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) practicing general pediatrics in the General Pediatric Clinic (GPC) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Dr. Cockerell completed medical school and residency at UAMS/ACH. Dr. Cockerell is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Cockerell enjoys all aspects of general pediatrics, especially newborn care and breastfeeding, and preventative care. She values the doctor patient relationship and the unique place a Pediatrician can have in a family’s life. She feels grateful to collaborate with families to help their children thrive.

“Outside of work, you can find my family enjoying the beautiful outdoors or eating at one of the many delicious restaurants in Little Rock.”

 

Kyler Crary, M.D., FAAP

 

 

Dr. Kyler Crary is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  Dr. Crary is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He received his BS in Biology from Tulane University and his MD also from Tulane.  He completed his residency in general pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Crary practices general pediatrics at Arkansas Children’s in Little Rock.  His professional interests include ADHD management and resident teaching.

“I thoroughly enjoy educating my patients and families about their medical conditions.  I strive to have them leave the office with a strong knowledge of their disease process and treatment plan. My family and I enjoy supporting the arts in central Arkansas, both visual arts and performing arts. You can find us at many community theaters enjoying the wealth of local talent.”

 

Sheryl Davide-Ureta, M.D., FAAP

 

 

Dr. Sheryl Davide is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Davide is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She received her medical degree in the Philippines from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center and completed her Pediatric Residency training at Stony Brook University (formerly SUNY at Stony Brook) in  Long Island,  New York.

After residency, Dr. Davide joined a wonderful group practice in Cadillac, Michigan where she and her husband lived and raised their family of 9 for many years. She moved to Little Rock in 2017 and currently works at the General Pediatric Clinic and is also part of the COBALT team, both on the Arkansas Children’s Hospital main campus, where she very much enjoys serving the children, and their families, of Arkansas.

 

Induja Gunasekaran, M.D., FAAP

 

 

Dr. Induja Gunasekaran is a general pediatrician practicing at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, as well as being on faculty at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as an assistant professor. She has been board certified in Pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics since 2017 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Raised in south Louisiana, she completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. She attended medical school in Shreveport, LA at LSU Health Sciences Center. After completing medical school in 2014, she moved to Little Rock to start her pediatric internship and residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital/UAMS, which she completed in 2017.

Dr. Gunasekaran works with pediatric residents in the Circle of Friends Primary Care Teaching and Continuity clinics, furthering the education mission of UAMS. Dr. Gunasekaran also cares for patients independently in the service Clinics at both Circle of Friends and General Pediatric Clinic.

Professional interests include preventative care, pediatric dermatology and adolescent medicine. She enjoys teaching pediatric residents, both in a clinical setting as well as through formal didactics. ​

“Being a pediatrician is a childhood dream fully realized! I am grateful to be able to take care of the children of Arkansas. In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends, baking, painting, and exploring this beautiful state. I’m also an avid football fan (Geaux Tigers!), and take every opportunity to wear my school colors! I look forward to meeting you and working together to better your child’s health.”

 

James S. Magee, M.D.

Dr. James Magee is a Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in both the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and holds the position of Associate Medical Information Officer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH).

He received his Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University and his Medical Degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Magee is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and in Clinical Informatics.

Dr. Magee first joined the Pediatric Faculty at UAMS and ACH in 1995 and over the past 25 years, he has served multiple roles within the department of Pediatrics. He is a General Pediatrician, but has also been a member of the Asthma Care Team at Arkansas Children’s.  In each of these positions, he has been and continues to be active in the education of Pediatric Resident Physicians as well as Medical Students, and Physician Assistant Students.

“I enjoy the interaction with Medical Students and Residents as we continue the training of tomorrow’s Pediatricians. My children and grandchildren are all happy to call Arkansas home.”

 

Emily R. Malone, M.D., FAAP

 

Emily Malone

Dr. Emily Malone is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She received her medical degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and completed her pediatric residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Malone is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Malone is a general pediatrician and a clinical educator at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) where she works with Pediatric Resident Physicians as well as Medical Students, and Physician Assistant Students at the Circle of Friends Teaching and Continuity clinics. Dr. Malone sees pediatric patients for well child care and sick visits.

“What I enjoy the most about pediatrics is working with patients and families in a preventative way to help maximize children’s growth, development and overall health. I moved to Little Rock about 4 years ago with my husband and 3 children and have enjoyed living here and making Little Rock our family’s home.”

 

Marcus D. O’Brien, M.D., FAAP

 

 

Dr. Marcus O’Brien is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in the General Pediatric Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He received his BA in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, and his MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock. After finishing his residency program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Dr. O’Brien went into private practice in Batesville, Arkansas for 29 years before returning to practice at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in October 2016.

“I want all my patients and families to know that I will always do my best to provide for their health and wellbeing. I love working with our great team of nurses and medical providers in the General Pediatric Clinic, who are constantly striving to improve the quality of care we deliver to our patients. I am a native Arkansan, but love to travel around the country and outside of the United States whenever I can. Some of my favorite activities include snow skiing, watching television and movies, and attending musical theater.”

 

Rebecca L. Perin, M.D., FAAP

 

Dr. Becca Perin is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed her pediatric residency at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Dr. Perin is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Dr. Perin is a General Pediatrician in the Circle of Friends Clinic 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. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, and baking and decorating cookies.

 

A. Larry Simmons, M.D., FAAP

 

Dr. A. Larry Simmons is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Oxford, MS and completed his pediatric residency with UAMS. Dr. Simmons is board certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

After training at ACH, Dr. Simmons returned to his home state of Mississippi and was in private practice for 13 years in Jackson, Ms. In 1993, he returned to ACH/UAMS to join The Arkansas Children’s Asthma Center, which was established at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 1994. The Asthma Center is one of the first multispecialty centers focusing on childhood asthma in the US. The center consists of a coalition of physicians from the sections of Allergy and Immunology, Pulmonary Medicine, and General Pediatrics with a special interest in childhood asthma.

In 1994, Dr. Simmons also helped establish Kid’s Care at ACH. The nurses of Kid’s Care answer after-hours phone calls from the primary care patients’ parents/caregivers at ACH where nurses give advice to help families care for their children at home, or advice when a visit to their child’s clinic is needed.

Dr. Simmons now works primarily within the current ACH asthma collaborative clinics, in addition to his work in the primary care and teaching clinics at ACH. Dr. Simmons now sees many children with asthma whose parents he treated when they were children themselves.

“I have always enjoyed helping families address the medical needs of their children to allow children to reach their full potential. Treating children with asthma has always been a clinical interest, as I, my son, and my grandson all have asthma. When not working, I love spending time with my family.  We also like yard work, photography and traveling with friends and family.”

 

Laura L. Sisterhen, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

 

 

Dr. Laura L. Sisterhen is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Sisterhen practices General Pediatric medicine at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) where she also serves as the Medical Director of the General Pediatric Clinic. Dr. Sisterhen received her medical degree from University of Tennessee at Memphis in 2001. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at UAMS and joined the UAMS faculty in 2004. She received a Master of Public Health degree with honors from UAMS in 2008. Dr. Sisterhen is board certified in Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academic Pediatric Society.

“I want all of my patients and families to know that I love them and care about their health and wellbeing. Two favorite parts of my job are interacting with patients and families and collaborating with teams to positively impact patients’ health and wellbeing. My family enjoys all of the natural beauty and outdoor activities that Arkansas has to offer. A favorite daily activity of mine is putting my son and daughter to bed. We enjoy snuggling up with a good book.”

 

Emily Smith, M.D., FAAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Sobik, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

 

Dr. Sarah Sobik is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UAMS and a general pediatrician who focuses her clinical work at the Arkansas Children’s Southwest Little Rock Community Clinic. She is also a research collaborator at the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center where she works to interpret and develop articles on infant and childhood growth and development. Dr. Sobik is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Dr. Sobik received her medical training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then completed her pediatric residency at Arkansas Children’s/UAMS. Dr. Sobik is a strong advocate for infant nutrition and breastfeeding practices for all parents. She strives to provide all new parents, especially Mothers, the resources and help they need to reach their breastfeeding goals safely.

“I love my job because I get the best of both worlds. I get to watch an infant grow and develop while helping new parents become skilled in caring for their baby. I also get to focus my time on developing and interpreting some of the latest research and data in infant and childhood nutrition. I am committed to being a lifelong learner in pediatric care!”

 

Vildan Tas, M.D., FAAP

 

 

Dr. Vildan Tas is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Medical Director of Circle of Friends Teaching clinic. Dr. Tas received her medical training in Turkey at the Hacettepe University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Illinois Children’s Hospital. She is fluent in Turkish. Dr. Tas is board-certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Dr. Tas practices at the Circle of Friends Resident Continuity and Teaching clinics and provides primary care for children from newborn through young adulthood. Dr. Tas is an award-winning educator and teaches medical and physician assistant students and pediatric residents at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Tas’s interests involve supporting families with all aspects of their children’s care, from newborn through adolescents. She has particular interest in preventive medicine and graduate medical education.

Dr. Tas is married with two children, and enjoys outdoor activities in the natural state with her family. She cooks and bakes in her spare time and loves reading.

 

Karen L. Young, M.D., FAAP

 

 

Dr. Karen Young is a general pediatrician and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She received her medical degree from UAMS and completed her pediatric residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Dr. Young is an educator, who teaches in the medical school at UAMS and the Pediatric residents at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Young is board certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Young practices general pediatrics at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock, primarily at the Circle of Friends (COF) resident teaching clinic, and the General Pediatric Clinic where she sees patients independently. Dr. Young is also the Medical Director of the CoBALT Clinic, providing screening for suspected autism.

Dr. Young has been a member of the Department of Pediatrics for 25 years. She has many interests and started the Pediatric Weight Program and Clinic in 2000. She has also worked as a member of the Team for Children at Risk. She has published research in the areas of pediatric obesity, vitamin D, child sexual abuse, among other topics.

“Being a pediatrician has been a very rewarding career for me. I love taking care of families in their time of need, whether it is a sick or injured child or preventive care during a well visit. I really enjoy talking with children so I can understand their needs and wants from their own lived experiences. Teaching is also a source of personal satisfaction. I try to instill a sense of responsibility and common sense in learners, within the structure of evidence-based medicine.”

 

Feliciano B. Yu, M.D., FAAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monica Alexander, M.N.Sc., APRN

 

 

Monica Alexander, APRN, is a Certified Pediatric Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Mrs. Alexander practices in The General Pediatric Clinic (GPC) and High Risk Newborn Clinic at ACH. Monica specializes in general pediatric medical care of children from birth through adolescences with an in-depth knowledge and experience, including well child care and prevention/management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions at the GPC. She also specializes in medical care of chronic care conditions of preterm newborns such as chronic lung disease, feeding and swallowing difficulties, and growth and development of former patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Mrs. Alexander received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from UAMS in 2010. Following her graduation she became a member of the Division of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UAMS in 2010 working as a Registered Nurse until 2016. Monica graduated from UAMS with a Masters of Nursing Science with honors and joined the faculty at UAMS Department of Pediatrics in 2016.

Mrs. Alexander is a member of The American Academy of Pediatrics and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Mrs. Alexander is a native of Arkansas. She loves to spend time with her family in her spare time. She is involved in her church, loves to spend time outside, enjoys sewing, and living a healthy lifestyle. She loves to spread joy and kindness in her community. She prides herself in providing high quality patient-family centered care. She loves building strong, lasting relationships with her patients and families.

 

Laura Clark, M.N.Sc., APRN

 

 

Laura Clark, APRN is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner who has practiced since 2005. She is a provider at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 

(UAMS) and at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). She enjoys practicing at the General Pediatric Clinic (GPC) in primary care and at the Community Based Autism Liaison Treatment Project (CoBALT) which is a screening clinic for developmental disorders like Autism. Laura completed undergraduate degrees at the University of Arkansas and the University of Central Arkansas. She completed her Master of Nursing Science degree at UAMS in 2004. Prior to working as an APRN, she worked in the NICU and CVICU at ACH. 

Laura has a strong interest in Developmental Pediatrics and worked at the James L. Dennis Developmental Center before transitioning to primary care in 2014. She also worked for the Department of Pediatrics in Endocrinology. 

 “I have always enjoyed working with children and families, promoting wellness and helping to bridge gaps toward healthy futures. I am thankful to be a part of the team at ACH, where we all work together to with the same goal of helping children.”

 

Lisa Jones, M.N.Sc., APRN

 

Lisa Jones, APRN, is a Certified Pediatric Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Mrs. Jones practices in The General Pediatric Clinic (GPC) at ACH. Lisa specializes in general pediatric medical care of children from birth through adolescences with an in-depth knowledge and experience, including well child care and prevention/management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions at the GPC. She also specializes in medical care of chronic care conditions of preterm newborns of former patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Mrs. Jones received her bachelor of science in Biology from UALR 2003, nursing degree from UALR in 2006. Following her graduation she became a member of the Division of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UAMS in 2007 working as a Registered Nurse until 2017. Lisa graduated from UAMS with a Masters of Nursing Science with honors and joined the faculty at UAMS Department of Pediatrics in 2017.

Mrs. Jones is a member of The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Mrs. Jones is a native of Arkansas. Lisa is a wife and mother of three boys. She loves to spend time with her family in her spare time. She loves being outdoors, enjoys reading, cooking, and listening to music. She strives to provide quality patient-family centered care.

 

Megan Osam, M.N.Sc., APRN

 

 

Megan Osam is a Certified Pediatric Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences ( UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UAMS in 2003 Megan, worked as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at ACH, gaining valuable experience in working with critically ill patients and in assisting their families in a time of stress. She received a Master of Science in Nursing in 2008 and worked as a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in private practice for 7 years. In 2016, she returned to Arkansas Children’s Hospital to work in the General Pediatric Clinic where she both cares for patients and serves as the clinic’s APRN coordinator.

Megan’s devotion to children and family shapes her life away from work, too. As the mother of two very active young boys, she divides her time between soccer, scouts, and the school’s running club. At the beach with her boys is her favorite place to be, but she also enjoys playing tennis with friends and returning to her childhood home in northwest Arkansas to horseback ride, bike, and canoe.

“I love working on a team that is solely dedicated to serving children and makes it part of its mission to treat our patients and their families with kindness and compassion.”

 

Amanda Porchia-Washington, M.N.Sc., APRN

 

Amanda Porchia-Washington, APRN, is a certified pediatric advanced nurse practitioner employed through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  Mrs. Porchia-Washington practices in the General Pediatric Clinic at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  Mrs. Porchia-Washington specializes in general pediatric medical care of children from birth through adolescence with an in-depth knowledge and experience, including well child care and prevention/management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions at the GPC.

Mrs. Porchia-Washington received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from UAMS in the spring of 2011.  Following graduation Mrs. Porchia-Washington worked as a registered nurse caring for medical/surgical patients with liver & kidney failure.  She also cared for pre and post solid organ transplant patients.  Amanda graduated from UAMS with her Masters of Nursing Science and joined the faculty at UAMS Department of Pediatrics in 2016.

Mrs. Porchia-Washington is a native of Arkansas.  Amanda is a wife and mother of two girls.  Amanda loves spending time with her family, fishing, and exercising.