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James D Fortenberry, MD

Critical Care Physician


Primary Specialty

Critical Care

Leadership Titles

Chief Physician Officer and Pediatrician-in-Chief


Board Certification
Am Bd Pediatrics (Sub: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine)
Medical School:
Medical College of Georgia - Augusta University (formerly Georgia Regents University)
Charlotte Memorial Hospital & Medical Center
Charlotte Memorial Hospital & Medical Center
Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals



Dr. Fortenberry first joined Children’s as an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s at Egleston in 1992. He was named Pediatrician-in-Chief in 2009, having previously served as Chief of Egleston’s Division of Critical Care Medicine from 2003-2009, Chief, Medicine Service Line from 2009-2018 and Medical Director of Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), a service that provides support with a heart-lung bypass machine for gravely ill children with lung or heart failure. In 2019, he was named Chief Physician Officer.

Throughout his career, Dr. Fortenberry has been involved in a variety medical staff administrative and quality improvement initiatives. He has served in many capacities with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, for which he is the Past-President, and the American Board of Pediatrics, where he served as the Chair of the Critical Care Sub-Board. He is an internationally sought-after lecturer on sepsis and novel therapeutic modalities.

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Fortenberry attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta. Dr. Fortenberry completed a pediatric residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., followed by a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Focus of Practice

  • Critical Care Medicine


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In the News

Children’s Pediatrician-in-Chief Receives Distinguished Career Award

Dr. Fortenberry received the 2018 Distinguished Career Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Critical Care.

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