Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Oriaku Kas-Osoka is the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at UAMS and practices Adolescent Medicine at Arkansas Children's Hospital and Arkansas Children's Northwest. Dr. Kas-Osoka earned her medical degree from the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science/University of California, Los Angeles, (CDU/UCLA) Joint Medical Education Program before completing her pediatric internship and residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, California.
Dr. Kas-Osoka is passionate about helping adolescents and young adults through acceptance, encouragement and continued support along their journey. She truly embodies the mentorship needed in a residency director. Her passions include positively impacting her trainees, patients and colleagues, and is often heard sharing her motto, "Do Better, Be Better and Expect Better."
Dr. Perin 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, as well as baking and decorating cookies.
Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pharmacology and Toxicology
Associate 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.
Associate Professor, General Pediatrics
Dr. Becton is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed her residency with UAMS at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She is passionate about educating residents in general pediatrics as it is the foundation for all pediatricians. She makes her home at the ACH Circle of Friends clinic. Our on campus “private practice” clinic gives residents the experience of being the primary care physician for their patients. When not teaching, she enjoys time with her family; especially at the beach!
Dr. Blaszak 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 four children and four beautiful grandchildren. When not at work he enjoys traveling, off-grid camping, and maintaining a 17-acre homestead.
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Murray 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 two daughters and will find any excuse to eat out at a good restaurant.
Medical Student Clerkship Director
Assistant Professor, Neonatology
Dr. Filipek is an Arkansas native who lives in Little Rock, AR with his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, and their fun-loving son, Will. He is a medical school graduate of UAMS and completed his pediatric residency at UAMS/ACH. He is a general pediatrician in the section of hospital medicine at ACH. He is passionate about providing high-quality care to the children of Arkansas and helping with the education of medical students and residents. He enjoys QI with a focus on medical equity as well as education with a focus on curriculum integration. He is humbled and honored to be a Red Sash recipient as well as Faculty Teacher of the Year for the Pediatric Clerkship. Dr. Filipek loves to spend time with his wonderful family and friends, the LR food scene (The Pantry Crest and Local Lime are particular favorites), hunting, fishing, the Arkansas Razorbacks (WPS!!!), and chasing Dr. Carla Brown on the Peloton leaderboard.