Paul Seib, M.D. – Section Chief

Paul Seib, M.D.

Dr. Seib received his medical degree in 1984 from Louisiana State University Medical Center. He completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship training at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. After completing Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology training, he entered the United States Air Force and accepted his first faculty position as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1993. He also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences.

Dr. Seib joined the pediatric cardiology team at UAMS/ACH in 1993. His clinical focus is interventional cardiac catheterization and cardiac intensive care. He has been the author and editor of journal articles and book chapters in the field of pediatric cardiology and presented at local and national meetings. Dr. Seib is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

He is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society.


Michael J. Angtuaco, M.D.

Michael J. Angtuaco, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the section of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Dr. Angtuaco received his undergraduate degree in pre-professional studies and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 2001.  He returned to Arkansas for medical school and received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2005.  He then studied pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, completing his residency in 2008.  He again returned home to Little Rock for his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, which he finished in 2011.  He has also completed an advanced fellowship in interventional pediatric cardiology at the University of Colorado Denver and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Following completion of his formal training in 2012, Dr. Angtuaco joined the staff at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he currently specializes in interventional procedures in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology, and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.  His primary research interest is the evaluation of outcomes following both surgical and transcatheter interventions for congenital heart disease.


Sylvia Angtuaco, M.D.

Dr. Sylvia Santos-Ocampo Angtuaco is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Angtuaco, a native of Manila, Philippines, received her BS in Biology, summa cum laude from the University of the Philippines. She obtained her Medical Doctorate at Brown University Program in Medicine in Rhode Island. She completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Yale University, Yale-New Haven Hospital. She then trained as a Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and as a Senior Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology at The Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Angtuaco has been a member of the Heart Center Team at UAMS/ACH since 1996. She is board-certified with the American Board of Pediatrics, its Sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology, and the National Board of Medical Examiners. She is bilingual in English and Filipino/Tagalog. Her clinical interest is in echocardiography, especially 3-D, and is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography.


Thomas H. Best, M.D.

Thomas H. Best, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He is currently Medical Director of the Heart Station at ACH; a position in which he has served since 2012.
Dr. Best received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. After his residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, he completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Best came to UAMS/ACH in 2001.

Dr. Best is certified with the American Board of Pediatrics as well as the Sub-Board of Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. His interests include pediatric echocardiography, advanced imaging of ventricular function, fetal echocardiography and fetal arrhythmias including assessment by fetal magnetocardiography.


Rupal T. Bhakta, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology and Critical Care in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Bhakta received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics from Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Her fellowship in critical care was completed at Children’s National Medical Center/The George Washington University in Washington, DC followed by a year of cardiac critical care training at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Bhakta joined as faculty in August, 2014 and will be concurrently pursuing a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She is board certified in pediatrics and a member of American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Critical Care Medicine. Her clinical interests include pediatric cardiac critical care, medical education, and international health.


 

Elijah Bolin, M.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Renee A. Bornemeier, M.D.

Dr. Renee A. Bornemeier is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bornemeier is the Director of the Fetal Heart Center.

Dr. Bornemeier graduated from the University of Arkansas in Medical Sciences College of Medicine in 1988. Subsequently, she completed her pediatric internship and residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Bornemeier completed her Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. She returned to UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital as a Pediatric Cardiologist in 1994.

Dr. Bornemeier is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, as well as the sub board of Pediatric Cardiology. Her areas of focus and interest are Cardiac Anatomy, Pediatric Echocardiography, and Fetal Echocardiography. Her professional memberships include the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and the American Society of Echocardiography.


R. Thomas Collins, II, M.D.

Dr. R. Thomas Collins, II is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and completed a combined residency program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.  Upon completion of residency, Dr. Collins completed his Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He finished his sub-specialty training with an advanced fellowship in adult congenital heart disease and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

In July 2010, Dr. Collins joined UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital where his primary clinical interests are the care and non-invasive imaging of children and adults with congenital heart disease. He also has a special interest and expertise in the care of patients with Williams syndrome. He has published multiple papers and has presented research at national and international meetings.

Dr. Collins is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.


Srikant Das, M.D.

 


Josh Daily, M.D.

Dr. Joshua Daily is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the section of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

A native of Little Rock, Dr. Daily received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He then returned to Little Rock to attend medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA. After medical school, he completed pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. During his time in Cincinnati, he completed formal training in medical education through the Master’s in Education program at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Daily joined the medical staff at ACH in 2015. He is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric cardiology. His academic interests include echocardiography, general pediatric cardiology, parent education, and medical education.


Brian Eble, M.D.

Dr. Brian Eble is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology for the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Eble graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Medicine in 1999. He completed his Pediatric residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2002. Dr. Eble spent an additional year as a Pediatric Critical Care fellow at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He completed his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in 2006.

Dr. Eble returned to UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in July 2006 following completion of his formal training. His clinical interests include Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care, Cardiac Catheterization, and Pediatric Exercise Stress Testing. His research interests include near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to monitor perioperative patients following cardiac surgery and serial exercise testing in patients with palliated or corrected heart disease.

He is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics and the sub board of Pediatric Cardiology. His professional memberships include the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Eudice Fontenot, M.D.

Dr. Eudice Fontenot is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Additionally, he is the Program Director for the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program.

Dr. Fontenot graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, serving as Chief Resident during his last year. He completed his Pediatric Cardiology fellowship 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 Cardiac Transplant Program. After returning to Louisiana he served as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at the LSU Medical Center and then as the Director of Cardiac Catheterization Lab at LSU-New Orleans.

Dr. Fontenot joined the UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 1998. He became the Medical Director of the Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and served in this capacity until late 2004 when he accepted the challenge to develop a Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program at UAMS/ACH. He was awarded the first Heart of Excellence Award by his peers for his work in the CVICU.

Dr. Fontenot is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and sub board of Pediatric Cardiology.


Elizabeth Frazier, M.D.

Elizabeth A. Frazier, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Transplant program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, a role she has filled since the programs creation in 1990.

Dr. Frazier received her BA in Chemistry from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with her medical degree and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She served as Chief Pediatric Resident from 1984-1985. She then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and did additional training in Pediatric Cardiac Transplantation.

Dr. Frazier returned to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in January of 1989. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Cardiology, as well as, a member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and the American Heart Association.

Dr. Frazier has practiced in all areas of Pediatric Cardiology, but her primary interests are in cardiac intensive care, cardiac transplantation, and heart failure. She has previously served as the Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit for 11 years and is a past recipient of the American Heart Ball Quilt and the prestigious Ruth Olive Beall Award from Arkansas Children’s Hospital


Xiomara Garcia, M.D.

Xiomara Garcia, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)/Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH).

After graduating in 1987 from the Central University of Venezuela / Luis Razetti School of Medicine in Caracas, Dr. Garcia completed an internship in Pediatrics in the Central University’s Department of Pediatrics at Hospital Miguel Perez Carreño. There she completed her pediatric residency in 1992 and Fellowship in pediatric intensive care in 1994. In 1999, she joined the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital. While at Texas Children’s she completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care in 2002, her pediatric residency in 2004, and in 2006 completed a second Fellowship in Cardiovascular Intensive Care. Dr. Garcia joined the faculty at UAMS/ACH in 2006, where she is currently working in the division of Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care as an intensivist in both the CVICU and PICU. She has been in charge of the CVICU Chronic Care Team since 2008.

Dr. Garcia is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Medical Association. She is certified with the American Board of Pediatrics, and the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Board. In 2014, Dr Garcia received the prestigious Ruth Olive Beall Award from ACH. Other awards include: Best Abstract at the AAP in 2013, Best Doctors in America 2009-2011, Most Outstanding Resident in the Baylor College of Medicine in 2004 and Best abstract Physician-in-training award at the AAP in 2002. Dr. Garcia’s clinical research in the cardiac intensive care unit has led to publications on adrenal insufficiency, chronic care patient model and feeding strategies in single ventricle physiology. She is currently working on research regarding intracardiac lines complications and intraocular pressure in patients with congenital heart disease.

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Punkaj Gupta, M.D.

Punkaj Gupta, M.D., B.S. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Pediatric Cardiology for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Gupta received his medical degree from Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, Panjab University, India (2000). He completed his residency training in Pediatrics at Miami Children’s Hospital (2006) followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (2009). Following the completion of this fellowship, he completed another fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University Medical School (2010).

Dr. Gupta joined Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2010, and is currently working as a Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Gupta is board certified in Pediatric Critical Care and General Pediatrics. He is a member of many national and international organizations, including The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society. He is also an active member of many multi-institutional consortiums working to improve care for critically ill children with heart disease.

His clinical interests include taking care of critically ill children with congenital heart disease. His research interests include Quality Improvement Initiatives in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. His focus is on outcomes research using multi-institutional databases like The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database, American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation Registry, Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Performance System (VPS, LLC) and The Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS). He has been an author of 35 peer- reviewed publications in esteemed journals. He is also an editor for journals in the field of Cardiology and Critical Care. His Quality Improvement efforts have been recognized in the form of presentations and talks at various national and international forums.


Kenneth Knecht, M.D.

Dr. Knecht graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. After a one year transitional internship at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA he began active duty in the U.S. Navy, initially practicing General Medicine for two years stationed on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. After completing his Pediatric residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA he practiced General Pediatrics for three years at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico and Great Lakes, IL. He then returned to the University of Tennessee to complete a Pediatric Cardiology fellowship.

Dr. Knecht joined UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in July 2009. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and sub board of Pediatric Cardiology. His interests include heart transplant, translational research, and non-invasive monitoring of blood pressure and heart function. He is also active in the non-invasive imaging lab and in regional clinics thorough out the state.


Sean Lang, M.D.
Dr. Sean M. Lang is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the section of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Lang received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry at Vanderbilt University in 2003. He received his medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Lang received his pediatric and pediatric cardiology training at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Lang also completed an advanced fellowship in non-invasive cardiac imaging at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Heart Institute.

Dr. Lang joined the medical staff at ACH in 2014. He specializes in non-invasive imaging of congenital heart disease and heart failure using echocardiography and MRI. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, and Society for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance. Dr. Lang’s primary research interest involves non-invasive measurements of systolic and diastolic function, in addition to using echocardiography and MRI measures to predict outcomes in congenital heart disease. Dr. Lang was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2007 an honor given to health care providers who demonstrate compassion, respect and empathy in the care of patients. He was awarded the Yale Pediatric Resident award in 2010, and the Yale Fellow Teaching award in 2013.


 Michele Moss, M.D.

Dr. Michele Moss is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Critical Care at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She is an attending physician in the Pediatric ICU and the Pediatric Cardiac ICU, as well as Medical Director for Angel One Transport Service at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Additionally, she serves as Vice-Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Moss graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. She completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham followed by fellowships in Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Yale University.

Dr. Moss joined UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in July 1985. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the sub boards of Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology, and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. She has served as Chair of the Section on Critical Care in the AAP and as Chair of the Section on Pediatrics in the Society of Critical Care Medicine. She has also served on the Board of Regents of the ACCM and is a member of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Society, and the Southern Society of Pediatric Research. Her clinical interests are in Cardiac Intensive Care and Pediatric Transport.


Parthak Prodhan, M.D.

Dr. Parthak Prodhan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Divisions of Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and practices at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Prodhan completed his medical school training and residency from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Nagpur University, India (1994). He followed this with residency training in Pediatrics at Cook County Children’s Hospital, Chicago in 2001. He completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston in 2002.

Dr. Prodhan joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2004 and currently works as a pediatric intensivist in the Divisions of Pediatric Cardiology and Critical Care. He is board certified in Pediatric Critical Care and General Pediatrics. He is a member of many national and international organizations, including The Society of Critical Care Medicine, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Pediatric Research/ Pediatric Academy of Sciences. He is also an active member of multi-institutional consortiums working to improve care for critically ill children with heart disease.

His clinical interests include taking care of critically ill children in both the cardiac and the pediatric intensive care units. His research interests include clinical outcomes research at the institutional and multi-institutional level. His focus is in the areas of cardio-pulmonary mechanical device support and anticoagulation practices for patients on cardiopulmonary mechanical device support. He has authored more than 85 peer-reviewed publications and presented at major conferences. He is currently the Program Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Fellowship Program, Arkansas Children Hospital, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Director of Clinical Research, Heart Center, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Medical Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and is the current Chair, Item Development Editorial Board Committee, Society of Critical Care Medicine.


Tamara Thomas, M.D.

Dr. Tamara O. Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Born and raised on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a small Caribbean nation, Dr. Thomas moved to the United States after high school to further her education. In 2000, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. After 3 years as a working professional in a biology laboratory, she attended Texas A&M University Health Science Center – College of Medicine and graduated with her medical degree in 2007. She went on to complete her pediatrics residency training at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee in 2010. She then moved to Cincinnati where she completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship in 2013 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Thomas went on to do an advanced fellowship training year in pediatric heart failure, cardiomyopathy and heart transplant, also at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Thomas joined the medical staff at ACH in 2014. She is interested in all aspects of clinical care regarding inpatient and outpatient evaluation and management of patients with heart failure and heart transplantation. Additionally, she has had specific training in mechanical circulatory support devices such as the Berlin Heart, ECMO, HeartMate II, HeartWare as well as the total artificial heart (Syncardia).


Dala Zakaria, M.D.

Dala Zakaria, M.D., is an assistant professor of pediatrics in pediatric cardiology for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the University Of Damascus School Of Medicine, and completed pediatric residency programs at The Children’s Hospital of Damascus University in Damascus, Syria and Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, Georgia. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Zakaria went on to complete her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

In 2013, Dr. Zakaria joined the staff of UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital where her primary clinical interests are advanced imaging including 3D imaging, transesophageal echocardiography and fetal echocardiography. Her research interests include pulmonary hypertension in infants and she has published multiple papers.

Dr. Zakaria is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, as well as, by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and the American Heart Association for Pediatric Advanced Life Support. She is an affiliate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology, Arkansas Medical Society and the American Society of Echocardiography.