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Eudice Fontenot, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics (Pediatric Cardiology) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). He received his B.S. in Biology (cum laude) from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. His medical degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA. He completed an internship and residency at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport and a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.
Following his fellowship, he joined the faculty at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine as Director of the Pediatric Transplant Program. He then moved back to Louisiana, where he served as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. He then moved to LSU Health Science Center – New Orleans, where he was Director of Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Children’s Hospital New Orleans.
Dr. Fontenot joined the faculty at UAMS/ACH in October 1998 as an Associate Professor. He became the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. He served in this capacity until late 2004 when he accepted the challenge of developing and directing the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Education in the UAMS Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Fontenot is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology, and Society for Cardiac Intervention and Angiography. He is board certified by the Board of Pediatrics and Sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology. His clinical interests are general cardiology and cardiac catheterization.
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Congenital heart defects are the most common of all birth defects, occurring at a rate of approximately eight cases per 1,000 live births.