Arkansas native Dr. Omer L. Shedd ’93 received the Odyssey Medal for Service to the World.
Dr. Shedd graduated with distinction in chemistry from Hendrix College, where he received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and the Hendrix President’s Medal. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he completed his internal medicine internship and residency. Afterward, Dr. Shedd completed a cardiology fellowship and electrophysiology fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Shedd is board certified in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society. He has helped to develop a robust electrophysiology program at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina, where offers the latest treatment options in heart rhythm disorders. His expertise is focused on implantation, explantation and follow up of cardiac rhythm devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, and heart failure devices.
Dr. Shedd is also the president of Promise for Haiti, which supports the 65-bed Hospital Bienfaisance in Pignon, Haiti, with two high-quality operating rooms, and the community with nine elementary schools and a clean water project. As part of his role in PFH, he is developing a cardiology and pacemaker implant program for the poor people in the country and is training Haitian physicians to perform the life-saving procedure.