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 Doctorate of Medicine 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 the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Critical Care Medicine. Her clinical interests include pediatric cardiac critical care, medical education, and international health.
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The Arkansas Children's Adult Congenital Heart Disease program provides care to patients from throughout the region. Great efforts are made to assist in the transition of patients from Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease Programs to ensure there is no lapse in care and provide patients with the best possible outcomes. The ACHD team is dedicated to offering up-to-date care based on the most recent guidelines for the management of this complex group of patients.
The extracorporeal life support (ECLS) program at Arkansas Children's Hospital is one of the most advanced in the nation. The ECLS program incorporates cutting edge technology with the highest level of teamwork to provide life-saving support for the most critically ill children. At Arkansas Children's Hospital, ECLS includes the use of both ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and VAD (ventricular assist device) support.
Congenital heart defects are the most common of all birth defects, occurring at a rate of approximately eight cases per 1,000 live births.
Every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. Simply put - it doesn't have to be that common. That's why Arkansas Children's is joining with leading prenatal health experts this month to increase awareness of five critical tips to prepare and maintain a healthy pregnancy and reduce the chance of birth defects.