Katherine Irish-Clardy, MD

Katherine Irish-Clardy, M.D.

Program Director/Faculty

Dr. lrish-Clardy grew up in Costa Rica. She came to the United States for her last year of high school, later earning 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 the required year of 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 Sparks 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.

Dr. Irish became the Program Director in December 2014.  She completed the AFMRD National Institute of Program Director Development (NIPDD) Fellowship in March, 2017.

She continues to see patients in clinic, along with her duties as faculty. Dr. lrish-Clardy also maintains a close relationship with our affiliated hospital, Baptist Health-Fort Smith, serving on several hospital committees.

Dr. lrish-Clardy and her husband, Dr. Bryan Clardy, met during residency and have two children, Kenneth and Erin. She is active in her church and sings in the chancel choir.


Bryan Clardy, MDBryan Clardy, M.D.

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. He received his degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2008.  He holds a second board certification as a “Certified Healthcare Professional” through the IBCSM. H

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 Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Irene, Sandy, Baton Rouge flooding, Harvey, Maria, Olivia, Florence, Typhoon Manghut 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 published on the “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 is the current Vice-chief of Staff for Baptist Health Fort Smith and will assume the duties of Chief of Staff in January of 2021

He has special interests in wilderness medicine, obstetrics, critical care and disaster medicine. He also serves as the Associate Clinic Director for procedural medicine for UAMS West.  He and his wife, Dr. Katherine Irish-Clardy, met during residency and have two children, Kenneth and Erin.  Dr. Clardy has hobbies that include the outdoors, sailing, and amateur radio, call sign KE5WQK.

gills-edwardEdward Gills, M.D.

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 did a Rural Medicine fellowship in Tacoma, Washington, with Multicare Hospital/University  of Washington.  Before coming to UAMS in 2015, he was on faculty at OU Tulsa Family Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

His interests are varied, eclectic, constantly evolving, and include the full scope of Family Medicine. He and his wife Barbara have a daughter, Lindsay who is attending college at U of A Fayetteville.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing tennis (somewhat of a zealot) and reading (favorite authors are Lee Child and Michael Connelly).


Tabasum Imran, M.D.Tabasum Imran, M.D.

Tabasum Imran, M.D. is the Assistant 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, M.D.

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.


Jessica Binz, PharmDJessica 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.

Her clinical practice includes management and education for smoking cessation, diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, COPD, asthma, polypharmacy, and general counseling.  She is involved in the transition of care clinic. She also assists patients with obtaining medication through patient assistance programs.  She makes hospital rounds with our Family Medicine team at Baptist Fort Smith.



EElizabeth Petray, LCSWlizabeth 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 works closely with residents training them in mental health issues and how to deal with mental health issues in primary care. She also provides individual support to residents in the area of interpersonal communication, professionalism and physician wellness. As part of the PCMH model she provide direct counseling services to our general patient population using the PCBH model of brief solution focused therapy.

She and her husband Frank have two grown sons. She enjoys traveling, fitness and spending time with her 3 cats in her spare time.

John Lane, MDJohn Lane, M.D.

Dr. Lane grew up in Abilene, Texas and graduated from Rice University in Houston and from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, in 1990. His Family Medicine residency training was in Tucson with another U of A, the 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, AR Family Medical Clinic. Over the years, he has had several interesting locum tenens assignments, too: IHS in Arizona, a cruise ship in the Caribbean, and an HMO in Hawaii.

Dr. Lane joined the UAMS West Faculty in 2014.  He has special interest in outpatient care, geriatric and nursing home care and responsible use of limited health care resources.

Other interests include outdoor sports (canoeing, hiking, and sailing). He and his wife of 30 years, Leah, have two grown children.


Dr. Jessiela RobertsJessiela Roberts M.D.

Dr. Jessiela Roberts is a native of the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where she completed medical school at Trinity School of Medicine.  She is a board certified Family medicine practitioner and completed her residency training at the UAMS family medicine program in Fort Smith. She went on to complete a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at UAMS  Hospice and Palliative program in Little Rock. She worked as a primary care attending with Mercy clinic for several years before leaving to start Fellowship training. She is currently the Associate Director of Mercy Hospice and Palliative Care and an Adjunct faculty at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Roberts enjoys teaching and inspiring medical students and residents. She is also passionate about providing quality patient care  and has a keen interest for working with oncology and OB patients.

She is married  with two adorable children. She loves giving hugs and inspiring joy in those around her.