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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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Congenital heart defects are the most common of all birth defects, occurring at a rate of approximately eight cases per 1,000 live births.