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Brian Reemtsen, M.D., is a Professor of Surgery and Section Chief in the division of congenital cardiac surgery for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). He is the Director of the Heart Institute at ACH. Dr. Reemtsen holds the Log a Load for Kids of Arkansas Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery.
Dr. Reemtsen earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his internship and residency at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, where he also served as chief resident. He trained as a fellow in cardiac surgery at the University of Washington, followed by a fellowship in congenital heart surgery at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England.
A native of Michigan, Dr. Reemtsen joined ACH and UAMS in 2017, after being recruited from UCLA, where he was the Chief of congenital heart surgery for nine years. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and the Congenital Heart subspecialty. Dr. Reemtsen is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and the Arkansas Medical Society. His clinical interests include complex neonatal cardiac surgery, heart transplants, and surgical treatment for adults with congenital heart disease.
Research interests include neurodevelopmental outcomes of children following heart surgery, ABO-incompatible heart transplantation, the treatment of Ebstein’s Anomaly in the neonate.
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Arkansas Children's administers anesthesia or deep sedation to infant, child and adolescent patients during surgical and diagnostic procedures.
Every day at Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute, we strive for excellence, and our outcomes prove it. Under the direction of nationally renowned pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Brian Reemtsen, the Heart Institute achieved a remarkable 100% surgical survival rate last year, including transplants.
Every day at Arkansas Children’s Heart Institute, we strive for excellence, and our outcomes prove it. Our pediatric specialists combine world-class expertise with state-of-the-art technology to care for our most important patient: your child.
Dr. Harrison Cobb, pediatric cardiologist at ACNW, answers questions about children's heart health.