Dr. Jennings grew up in Knoxville and returned to practice Pediatric Cardiology in 1983 after completing his training at Duke University Medical Center. He is active on the medical staff at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, serving as chief of the Medical Staff during 1995-1996; he served on the Board of Directors of ETCH for 12 years, 1998-2010. He is also on the University of Tennessee Medical Center medical staff.
Dr. Jennings practices general pediatric cardiology with particular interests in cardiac catheterization and interventional procedures. Other areas of interest include echocardiography and adult congenital heart patients.
Throughout his professional career, Dr. Jennings has strived to improve the cardiac care for children in Knoxville and its surrounding area in an approximately 75 mile radius-as far away as southeastern Kentucky. He has been active in the local chapter of the American Heart Association, especially in activities involving children and school outreach programs. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is certified by the Board of Pediatric Cardiology.
When not at work, Dr. Jennings enjoys golf, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Sharma was born in Texas and raised in California. He joined the practice in May 2007. He comes to us from the University of Texas where he was an Assistant Professor in the Pediatric Cardiology division. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and has had additional training in interventional cardiology at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston.
Dr. Sharma treats all children, as well as adults, who have congenital heart disease. As an interventional cardiologist, Dr. Sharma is trained to treat many conditions non-surgically. These conditions in the past required surgery, but now can be treated in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. This includes closure of heart defects, balloon dilations of narrowed valves and vessels, and stenting of blood vessels.
He values the close relationships between himself and the family, not just the patient, because his philosophy involves working with the family to help the patient understand the many facets of congenital heart disease. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife (unfortunately a University of Kentucky Wildcat fanatic) and three children, traveling, basketball, and experimenting/dabbling in the kitchen.
Dr. David Hurst was born in Indiana; his extended family hails from both Indiana and Ohio and most still live there. However, a job change took his parents to the white sands of Pensacola, Florida when he was very young; and therefore he spent all of his growing up years there and actually attended college at a liberal arts college in northwest Florida. He remains a Buckeye fan because of those family ties (NCAA violations notwithstanding), and he roots for the Cincinnati Reds during baseball season.
After attending college, he moved west a few hours to the Big Easy and completed his medical education at Tulane University. He and his wife Jennifer were married in 1999 after his first year of medical school. She grew up in Knoxville, actually working at ETCH during college, and after completing her BSN worked as a PICU nurse at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. This was one of the few hospitals to survive essentially intact through Hurricane Katrina (which they missed by 3 years). In 2002, David started his pediatric residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and split his time between that hospital and the National Naval Medical Center just a few miles away. Paying back an Army scholarship continued for 4 years (2005 to 2009) as a general pediatrician at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA (a year of which was spent in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom); then finally he was gloriously emancipated after completing his military obligation. After private practice pediatrics for 2 years, he began his cardiology fellowship training at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Emory University) with Sibley Cardiology in 2011. Special interests of Dr. Hurst include trans-thoracic and fetal echocardiography; his research during fellowship involved interstage infants following the Norwood procedure as well as the evaluation of pediatric syncope. Having been a general pediatrician for 6 years, he particularly enjoys the opportunity to see patients of various ages and with a wide variety of cardiac issues.
Dr. Hurst, his wife Jennifer, and their four children (Emily, Jonathan, Elianna, and Elizabeth, ages 10, 8, 5 and 3) are excited about Knoxville; especially as Jennifer grew up here and is back near family. David’s interests include reading, music (singing and playing the trombone), and baseball.
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