Message from the Chief

Sowmya Patil, M.D.,B.S., Interim Section Chief

Sowmya Patil, M.D.,B.S., Interim Section Chief

Welcome to the Division of General Pediatrics and we thank you for visiting our site today.

The division on General Pediatrics, located at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, is one of the largest divisions in the Department of Pediatrics. As the largest academic practice is Arkansas, we provide skilled compassionate care to patients with common pediatric problems and complicated chronic medical conditions. We take great pride in being one of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certified programs in the state and country.

We have a diverse group of experienced faculty, nurse practitioners and staff who are skilled in delivering evidence based clinical care, education, advocacy, quality improvement and service to patients all over the state. Providers in the section also have expertise in ADHD, Autism, Asthma and High Risk Newborn care.

For Potential Trainees: Our training program strives to prepare the trainee for the changing milieu of General Pediatrics. We take great pride in training our residents on patient centered medical care through our Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program. We provide a well-rounded curriculum that emphasizes on effective physician-patient communication skills and empathy. Our program has a robust outpatient curriculum that helps lay a solid foundation for the pediatricians in training and prepare them to be the best pediatricians in the state of Arkansas and in the country.

For Potential Patients and Families: We have highly skilled, experienced, knowledgeable, and competent providers and staff who are trained to provide state of the art care to all patients. You can be rest assured that your child will be given the best care, evaluation and treatment in our clinics.

For Potential Faculty: We are a large group of Pediatricians with a desire to teach, care and work together to improve the lives of children and provide guidance to families to care for their children.

Some of our faculty are strictly clinicians and others are educators. We have a highly competent group of nurse practitioners who work alongside our physicians to provide service to our patients.

The mission of General Pediatrics is three fold: to provide acute and continuity of care for all children who need quality medical intervention, to teach pediatricians-in-training, and to provide a setting for clinical research and quality improvement. Our core values of empathy, advocacy, integrity, team work and innovation help us in achieving our goals of a better integrated and accessible healthcare for all.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Sowmya Patil, MBBS, MD, FAAP
Interim Section Chief of General Pediatrics
Course Director Practice of Medicine II

Meet the Faculty: 

Debra Becton, M.D.
Debra Becton, M.D., FAAP
Associate Professor
Hannah Beene-Lowder, M.D. FAAP
Hannah L. Beene-Lowder, M.D., FAAP
Professor
Kaitlin Cockerell, M.D., FAAP
Kaitlin Cockerell, M.D., FAAP
Assistant Professor
Kyler Crary, M.D., FAAP
Kyler Crary, M.D., FAAP
Associate Professor
Sheryl Davide-Ureta, M.D., FAAP
Sheryl Davide-Ureta, M.D., FAAP
Associate Professor
Induja Gunasekaran, M.D., FAAP
Induja Gunasekaran, M.D., FAAP
Assistant Professor
James Magee, M.D.
James S. Magee, M.D.
Professor
Emily Malone, M.D., FAAP
Emily R. Malone, M.D., FAAP
Assistant Professor
Marcus O'Brien, M.D. FAAP
Marcus D. O’Brien, M.D., FAAP
Associate Professor
Rebecca Perin, M.D., FAAP
Rebecca L. Perin, M.D., FAAP
Assistant Professor
A. Larry Simmons, M.D., FAAP
A. Larry Simmons, M.D., FAAP
Professor
Laura Sisterhen, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
Laura L. Sisterhen, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
Associate Professor
Emily Smith, M.D., FAAP
Emily Smith, M.D., FAAP
Assistant Professor
Sarah Sobik, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
Sarah Sobik, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
Assistant Professor
Vildan Tas, M.D., FAAP
Vildan Tas, M.D., FAAP
Assistant Professor
Karen Young, M.D., FAAP
Karen L. Young, M.D., FAAP
Associate Professor
Feliciano Yu, M.D., FAAP
Feliciano B. Yu, M.D., FAAP
Professor
Monica Alexander, M.N.Sc., APRN
Monica Alexander, M.N.Sc., APRN
Instructor
Laura Clark, M.N.Sc., APRN
Laura Clark, M.N.Sc., APRN
Instructor
Lisa Jones, M.N.Sc., APRN
Lisa Jones, M.N.Sc., APRN
Instructor
Megan Osam, M.N.Sc., APRN
Megan Osam, M.N.Sc., APRN
Instructor
Amanda Porchia-Washington, M.N.Sc., APRN
Amanda Porchia-Washington, M.N.Sc., APRN
Instructor

Meet the Staff: 

Meghan Baser, B.A.
Office Manager
UAMS Department Of Pediatrics
Primary Care/Peds Hospital Medicine/Clinical Informatics

Jennifer Hardwick
Administrative Analyst
UAMS Department Of Pediatrics
Primary Care/Peds Hospital Medicine/Clinical Informatics