Association of Black Cardiologists
"Mortality in African-Americans Following Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: A Single Center Experience"
J FontaineABC Board of Directors Member John Fontaine, MD, MBA, FACC is the lead author of an article published in the February 2016 Journal of the National Medical Association. The article, "Mortality in African-Americans Following Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: A Single Center Experience," is co-authored by Sona M. Franklin, MD, Ashwani Gupta, MD and Christina U. Kang, DO.

The study describes baseline clinical characteristics of African-American patients undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and determines their outcomes relative to those reported in clinical trials. View the full article and results here.

Dr. Fontaine is professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and director of Arrhythmia Services at Drexel Cardiology. He serves as advisor and mentor to medical students and students at many levels of education. He served on the Clinical Trials Review Committee and the Electrical Signaling and Ion Transport and Arrhythmia study section at the NIH; and also holds ad hoc positions on editorial boards of several journals. 

Among his professional interests are cardiac resynchronization therapy, risk stratification of patients for sudden cardiac arrest and the evaluation and management of patients with syncope. The study of sudden death in athletes has always been of prime interest from the time Dr. Fontaine was an assistant to Dr. Lon Castle, the former team physician for the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers. View Dr. Fontaine's full bio here.

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