Katherine Irish-Clardy, MD
Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
Dr. lrish-Clardy grew up in Costa Rica. She came to the United States for her last year of high school and subsequently earned her undergraduate degree from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. She returned to Costa Rica after college and obtained her doctorate of medicine from the University of Costa Rica Medical School. She completed her year of required social service as a general practitioner working at a rural health department in Costa Rica.
Subsequently, she moved to Arkansas where she completed her residency in family medicine at UAMS West in 2001. Being fluent in Spanish, she worked for four years at La Clinica Del Pueblo in Fort Smith, serving the Hispanic population in Fort Smith and the surrounding area. During that time, she was part-time faculty at UAMS West. In 2005, she joined the faculty full-time.
She continues to see many of her patients from La Clinica as well as having a busy obstetrical practice along with her duties as faculty. Dr. lrish-Clardy also maintains a close relationship with our affiliated hospital, Sparks Health System, serving on several boards and committees.
Dr. lrish-Clardy and her husband, Dr. Bryan Clardy, met during residency and have two children. She is active in her church choir.
Richard Aclin, MD
Dr. Aclin is the Director of Pediatric Education and attended Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed his pediatric training at UAMS, and is board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Aclin served six years active duty in the United States Air Force where he was Chief of Outpatient Pediatrics and the Nursery at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, as well as a consultant to the surgeon general of the Air Force. After his discharge from the Air Force, he came to Fort Smith, where he was in private practice from 1971 until joining UAMS West in 1998.
Dr. Aclin is continuing his work on a study on Cadmium levels in children. He was again named Best Doctor in America in 2012. He continues to lead our Reach Out and Read program. Dr. Aclin also supports the NICU and Pediatric departments at our affiliated hospital, Sparks Health System.
He and his wife, Kay, have four children and eight grandchildren. Dr. Aclin’s spare time is spread between golf, tennis and hunting.
Jessica Binz, PharmD, serves as the Director of Pharmacology at UAMS-West. She attended the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and UAMS College of Pharmacy.
Bryan Clardy, MD
Dr. Clardy received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1995 from Southwestern University. He went on to attend medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he finished his degree in 1999. He completed residency in family medicine in 2002. Dr. Clardy is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health through the American Military University. Dr. Clardy is a faculty member at UAMS West.
Dr. Clardy actively serves as the Sebastian County Medical Officer and is frequently deployed as a Supervisory Medical Officer through the Department of Health and Human Services. He has served in Hurricane’s Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Irene, and Sandy and also in the Joplin, MO, Tornado Response Force Protection Strike Team missions over the years. Dr. Clardy co-authored the clinical disaster plan for state wide usage by the UAMS system in 2011. He has a publication pending titled Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents Disaster Medicine 2012. He has also co-authored various journal articles and given many presentations over the years in his areas of interest. Dr. Clardy serves on several committees at our affiliated hospital, Sparks Health System and is active on many local and state boards.
He has special interests in wilderness medicine, obstetrics and disaster medicine. He and his wife, Dr. Katherine Irish-Clardy, met during residency and have two children, Kenneth and Erin. Dr. Clardy plays bass in his church band and volunteers with his children’s Cub Scout and Daisy Scout groups.
Edward Gills, MD
Edward Gills, MD, is a family medicine physician. Dr. Gills is originally from Pearland, Texas (south of Houston). He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Dr. Gills then completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston and a family medicine residency at Scott & White Hospital/Texas A & M University Health Sciences Center in Temple Texas. Pursuant to a special interest in obstetrics, Dr. Gills did a fellowship in obstetrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center/Methodist Hospitals in Jackson, Mississippi. He and his wife, Barbara, have one daughter. In their spare time they like to travel.
Chris Fortson, MD
Chris Fortson, MD, joined UAMS – West in August 2015. He is a graduate of Hendrix College where he earned a Bachelor Arts with distinction in Biology. Dr. Fortson completed medical school at St. George’s University. In his spare time he enjoys reading, cooking and gardening.
Tabasum Imran, MD
Tabasum Imran, M.D. is the Associate Program Director and the Clinic Medical Director at the UAMS Family Medical Center Fort Smith. She is from Pakistan where she graduated from Dow Medical University and completed her residency training at UAMS Fort Smith in 2011. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine.
Dr Imran joined faculty in 2011. Her clinical interest includes delivering high quality, cost effective care to patients. She maintains a primary care patient panel and is greatly interested in hospital medicine. She supervises residents both in Family Medical Center and at the Hospital. As the Clinic Medical Director she oversees the Quality Improvement Program and strives for continued quality improvement.
For a long time she has worked in a variety of clinical, teaching and research positions and has also served as the Research Director of the residency program.
She moved to Fort Smith from New York and enjoys living here with her husband, Syed Hamid and two kids, Yahya and Aleesha. Dr. Imran’s outside interests include cooking, traveling and interior designing.
David King, MD
Dr. King a native of Oklahoma, received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bethany Nazarene College. After serving in the Peace Corps and living and working around the world for six years, he obtained his doctorate in medicine from the University of Oklahoma in 1996. This same year he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
He completed his residency at UAMS West in 1999. After completing his residency, he spent time as an Air Force physician and in private practice. Dr. King returned to UAMS West as a faculty member in July 2007.
Dr. King and his wife, Virginia, have four children. His outside interests include fly fishing, University of Oklahoma football and politics.
Don Heard, EdD
Dr. Heard a native of Greenwood, Arkansas and is the director of UAMS West as well as the practice management instructor. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance in 1973 from the University of Arkansas. He also completed his Master of Business Administration in 1985 and Doctorate in Higher Education Administration in 1994 all from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Heard joined UAMS West in 1986.
Dr. Heard is an adjunct faculty member at John Brown University and was elected to Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society in 2002 for excellence in teaching. He is a graduate of Leadership Fort Smith, serves on the board at the Western Arkansas Center on Aging, and is a Fort Smith Public School Partner in Education.
This spring Dr. Heard was a co-presenter with Dr. Mark Mengel (Vice Chancellor, Regional Programs Executive Director, AHEC Progran1) at the 2013 Residency Program Solutions (RPS) Conference to be held in Kansas City, MO. They presented on Improving Employee Satisfaction in a Family Medicine Residency Program. He also presented at the 2013 National AHEC Meeting, held in Arlington, VA, regarding the Teaching Health Center (THC) grant at UAMS West.
Dr. Heard is active with his church and community affairs. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Jessica Binz, PharmD, BCACP
Dr. Binz is the Director of Clinical Pharmacy Education at UAMS West. She attended the University of Arkansas for her undergraduate studies and graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy in 2013 with her Doctor of Pharmacy. Her post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) training was with Harps Pharmacy and UAMS. She completed an ambulatory care PGY2 in Greensboro, North Carolina with Triad HealthCare Network and Cone Health. She is a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist. Dr. Binz joined the UAMS West team in the fall of 2015.
Dr. Binz is actively involved in the education of medical students, pharmacy students, and the UAMS West medical residents. Each month she teaches students in the Family Medicine Junior Clerkship about hypertension and diabetes through interactive video, broadcast to each regional center. She precepts many fourth year pharmacy students each year and is a lecturer the UAMS College of Pharmacy Therapeutics II course. Despite many educational commitments to students, the majority of time is spent educating and assisting the medical residents at UAMS West. She has lecture time each month during didactics, rounds with the medicine team, maintains a “News You Can Use” board (to keep residents and faculty up to date on news worthy items), and is available to answer medication related questions.
As a clinician she has established a pharmacy clinic where she sees patients for smoking cessation, diabetes management/education, hypertension, heart failure, COPD, asthma, polypharmacy, and general counseling. She operates through use of a written protocol which allows her to make changes to patient regimens in collaboration with their primary care provider. She is involved in the transition of care clinic and makes medication reconciliation calls following hospital discharge for patients with 5 or more medications. She also assists patients with obtaining medication through patient assistance programs.
Dr. Binz and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Binz, live in Fayetteville, Arkansas and spend their free time with their golden retriever. Dr. Binz enjoys traveling and cooking.
Elizabeth Petray, LCSW
Mrs. Petray is a clinical social worker. She graduated from Hendrix College in Conway with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she completed her Master’s degree in Social Work in 1993.
Mrs. Petray joined UAMS West in 1995. She trains residents in mental health issues and coordinates education planning sessions for each resident bi-annually. She also coordinates with the ARCare program, which assists patients in the state with HIV. She assesses all of our obstetrical patients for social stress and provides counseling to our general patient population upon referral by resident or faculty doctors. She also assists low-income patients in receiving medications from pharmaceutical companies. As part of PCMH, she teacher smoking cessation classes free of charge for our patient population using the American Cancer Society Freshstart Program.
Mrs. Petray is married and has two sons. She enjoys fitness and running 5ks.
Lyndsey Kramp, MD
Dr. Kramp graduated from Austin College in Sherman, TX, with a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 2006. She then received her doctorate in medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, in 2010. Dr. Kramp completed an intern year with the UAMS Obstetrics/Gynecology residency program and left in 2011 to pursue family medicine. She completed her residency training in family medicine in 2013.
Her special interests in medicine include pediatrics, women’s health, and obstetrics. Her free time is spent reading, traveling, and attending sporting events.
John Lane, MD
Dr. Lane grew up in Abilene, Texas and graduated from Rice University in Houston in 1986. He graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, in 1990. His Family Medicine residency training was in Tucson with another U of A, University of Arizona.
His first two years after training, Dr Lane practiced rural medicine including obstetrics in Eagle Lake, Texas. He then worked in the NASA area of Houston for 10 years. He and his family moved to New Zealand in 2005 where he practiced rural medicine at the Otaki Medical Centre for six years. There he gained Fellowship (similar to board certification) in the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Upon his return to the US in 2011 he was employed by Sparks Regional Medical Center at the Greenwood Family Medical Clinic. Over the years, he has had several interesting locum tenens assignments, too.
Dr. Lane moves to UAMS West on April 1, 2014 to join the faculty. His experience within the Sparks system has produced relationships throughout the Fort Smith medical community that will benefit patient care and resident teaching in this program. He has special interest in out-patient care, geriatric and nursing home care, cross-cultural medical practice and responsible use of limited health care resources.
Other interests include outdoor sports (canoeing, hiking, and sailing) and martial arts (Kuk Sool Won). His daughter Isabel is Class of 2015 at Southside High School and son Joseph is a university student in New Zealand and speaks Japanese fluently. Wife of more than 20 years, Leah teaches English as a Second Language at the Literacy Council of Western Arkansas and is working on a TESOL certificate at UAFS. Before meeting John, she obtained a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration.