Yuri A. Zarate, MD, MBA

  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism


Dr. Zarate works with children, adults, and families with genetic diseases. His clinical work focuses on providing comprehensive care for individuals with rare diseases. For 5 years, he has led the SATB2 clinic at Arkansas Children’s hospital, the only clinic in the United States that specializes in the care of individuals with this condition. He has participated in randomized clinical trials and natural history studies of genetic disorders in partnership with family groups and foundations.

An author of over 90 publications, Dr. Zarate has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous grants. Dr. Zarate serves as the Associate Editor for the European Journal of Medical Genetics. Throughout his career, Dr. Zarate has also been involved with the teaching and mentoring of medical students, residents, fellows, genetic counseling students, and faculty members.

Dr. Zarate joined the faculty at the Greenwood Genetic Center in South Carolina in 2009. He later joined the Section of Genetics and Metabolism at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2013 as a full-time faculty, an affiliation that he still retains. In 2022, Dr. Zarate joined the University of Kentucky as the Division Head of Genetics and Metabolism.

Faculty Rank

  • Professor of Pediatrics
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Training & Education


Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia


Human/Medical Genetics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

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