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John M. Fontaine

John M. Fontaine, MD, MBA, FACC


Department: Medicine: Division of Cardiology

Practices: Drexel Cardiology

Specialties: Cardiology


  • MD - College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway

Awards & Honors

  • Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia Magazine (2018)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Heart Rhythm Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
  • President and lifetime member of the Association of Black Cardiologists
  • Served on the Clinical Trials Review Committee at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Currently a member of the NIH`s study section: Electronic Signaling, Ion Transport and Arrhythmias
  • Involved with numerous organizations that focus on outcomes research and disparities in health care

John M. Fontaine, MD, MBA, FHRS, FACC, is director of cardiac arrythmia services at Drexel Cardiology. His clinical activities entail cardiac electrophysiology services including ablation for atrial fibrillation management, implantation of cardiac devices for bradyarrhythmia management and defibrillators, as well as device-based therapy for cardiac resynchronization in select heart failure patients. He has been involved in sudden cardiac death risk assessment utilizing modalities such as the signal-averaged ECG, T wave alternans testing and heart rate turbulence. He has received top doctor recognition from several organizations, including Stuart Connolly.

Dr. Fontaine is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He is a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and of American College of Cardiology as well as a member of the American Heart Association. He has been a three-time member of the board of directors of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) and is a lifetime member of that organization. In March 2018 he began his term as president of the ABC.

Dr. Fontaine received his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Piscataway, N.J., also named Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and underwent cardiology fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is also a recipient of an MBA degree in healthcare management from the Bennett S. Lebow College of Business, and is a member of the distinguished international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma via his summa cum laude status.

Clinical Services

Arrhythmias, Cardiovascular, Cardiovascular system, Heart disease, Heart murmurs and other sounds, Heart pacemaker, Heart palpitations, Heartbeat, Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, Pacemaker, Cardiology - preventive, Cardiac electrophysiology, Ablation, Atrial fibrillation


  • Cardiology - Cleveland Clinic Foundation

John M. Fontaine, MD, MBA, FHRS, FACC, is a professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Drexel University College of Medicine. He was the Cardiology Fellowship program director for 11 years, during which he was the recipient of a Teacher of the Year Award. He has taught the highly demanded electrocardiogram elective to fourth-year medical students since 2005.

Research Interests

Cardiac electrophysiology


Dr. Fontaine serves as a manuscript reviewer for several clinical journals and is involved with numerous organizations that focus on outcomes research and disparities in health care delivery. He recently published in the American Journal of Cardiology the first article to discover sinus bradycardia as a sequalae following bariatric surgery and a second article that identified sinus bradycardia as a manifestation of chronic habitual cocaine use. He has focused on cardiac resynchronization therapy and the underutilization of device-based therapy in minority populations.

In the Media


Selected Publications

"Sinus Bradycardia in Habitual Cocaine Users"
Franklin, S.M. Thihalolipavan, S., and Fontaine, J.M.
American Journal of Cardiology; 119:1611-1615, 2017

"Surgical and Electrophysiological Considerations in the Management of a Patient with a Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery"
Angel, B., Overcash, J., Fischer, W. and Fontaine, J.M.
Heart Rhythm Case Reports; 3:58-62, 2017

Erratum to “Mortality in African-Americans Following Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: A Single Center Experience”
Fontaine, J.M., Franklin, S. M., Gupta, A., Kang, C.U.
Journal of the National Medical Association; 108 (2), 136, 2016

"Response to a letter to the Editor: Paced QRS predictors of left ventricular lead location and prognosis"
Fontaine, J.M.
Journal of Electrocardiology; 48:909-911, 2015

"Mortality in African- Americans following cardiac resynchronization therapy: a single center experience"
Franklin, SM; Gupta, A; Kang, CU; Fontaine, J.M.
J Natl Med Assoc.; 108:30-39, 2016

"Corrigendum to 'Biventricular paced QRS predictors of left ventricular lead locations in Relation to mortality in cardiac resynchronization therapy'"
Fontaine, J.M.; Gupta, A; Franklin, SM; Kang, CU; Whigham, LA
J Electrocardiol; 49:763, 2016

"Biventricular paced QRS predictors of left ventricular lead locations in Relation to mortality in cardiac resynchronization therapy"
Fontaine, J.M.; Gupta, A; Franklin, SM; Kang, CU; Whigham, LA
J Electrocardiol; 28:226-235, 2015

"Practical Management of Anticoagulation in Patient with Atrial Fibrillation"
Kovacs, Richard J, Flaker Greg C, Saxonhouse Sherry, J. Fontaine, J.M. (Roundtable Group expert participant);
JACC;65:1340-60, 2015

Malik, MG; Franklin, SM; Whigham LA; Castellanos, A; Fontaine, J.M. Asymptomatic sinus bradycardia following bariatric surgery. Am J Cardiol 2014; 113:1049-1053.

"Percutaneous Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Lead Extraction in100 Patients with Intracardiac Vegetations"
Grammes, J; Schulze, C; Fontaine, J.M.; Kutalek, S
J Am Coll Cardiol; 55:886-894, 2010

"Clinical Assessment of the Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death in Patients with Sickle Cell Anemia"
Fontaine, J.M.; Ofili O.E.; Adenaike, M.B.; VanDecker, W.; Haywood, L.J.
Journal of the National Medical Association; 100:360-368, 2008

"Microvolt T-Wave Alternans and the Risk of Death or Sustained Ventricular Arrhythmias in Patients with Left Ventricular Dysfunction"
Bloomfield, D.M.; Bigger, JT; Steinman, RC, Namerow, PB; Parides, MK; Curtis, AB; Kauffman, ES; Davidenko, JM; Shinn, TS; Fontaine, JM
J Am Coll Cardiol; 47:456-63, 2006

"Task Force 10: Automated External Defibrillators"
Myerburg RJ, Estes III NA, Fontaine JM, Link MS, Zipes DP
J Am Coll Cardiol 2005;45(No. 8):1369- 1371, 2005

"A study of the influence of left bundle branch block on the signal averaged ECG: a quantitative and qualitative analysis"
Fontaine, J.M., Rao, R., Henkin, R., Suneja, R., Ursell, S., El-Sherif, N.
Am Heart J.; 121:494-508, 1991

"Risk stratification and management of patients with organic heart disease and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia: role of programmed stimulation, left ventricular ejection fraction and the signal averaged electrocardiogram"
Turitto, G., Fontaine, J.M., Ursell, S., Caref, E., Bekheit, S., El-Sherif, N.
Am J of Medicine 88: I-35N-41N, January 1990

Contact Information

Practice Office

Drexel Cardiology
10 Shurs Lane
Suite 206
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Phone: 215.762.5080
Fax: 215.561.8071

Practice Office

Drexel Cardiology
219 N. Broad Street
The Arnold T. Berman, MD Building, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215.762.5080
Fax: 215.561.8071