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Tara Karamlou, M.D., M.Sc. is a pediatric cardiac surgeon and
Assistant Professor of Surgery
at UCSF. She is board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery.
Dr. Karamlou received her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine with High Honor. She completed General Surgery residency at Oregon Health Science University and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Michigan. She has extensive research experience in the field of clinical outcomes and received her Masters' Degree in Biostatistics at the University of Toronto.
During her general surgery residency, Dr.Karamlou received the prestigious Nina Braunwald fellowship from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. She was also awarded the John Kirklin Fellowship with the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Karamlou completed her pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital and joined the faculty at UCSF in July 2012. Since joining the faculty, Dr. Karamlou helped to conceive and implement a home monitoring program to improve outcomes for patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. She has also operationalized a didactic educational program for the cardiothoracic residents and fellows.
Dr. Karamlou has received multiple grants for her work in development of miniaturized circuitry for pediatric extracorporeal circuits and evaluation of long-term functional health status in single ventricle lesions. She has published 63 peer-reviewed publications in the field of pediatric cardiac surgery and has authored 9 book chapters.
Dr. Karamlou's research and clinical interests are directed at quality improvement and health policy directives in pediatric cardiac surgery, single ventricle lesions, as well as adult congenital heart disease. She is a member of several committees directing research endeavors within the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' Congenital Heart Surgery Database, and directs three national research studies for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Dr. Karamlou is an active member of the research community, both locally and nationally. She regularly attends Work Weekends in Toronto, CA, at the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society Data Center, where she and her colleagues formulate and implement multi-institutional prospective studies investigating outcomes in children with complex congenital heart disease. She recently was the PI in a funded prospective trial in children with PAIVS, and presented the data at the AATS. The manuscript is currently under review. She has co-authored several other important publications and abstracts which are submitted for both presentation and publication.
Dr. Karamlou participates in the STS National Database, both as a member of the Access and Publications Committee and as a member of the Linked Registry Proposals and Longitudinal Taskforce. She currently has three active protocols under way with the STS National Congenital Database. One particular proposal is a prospective multi-institutional study investigating outcomes of transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement versus surgical replacement. This study involves Medtronic (industry) as well as the STS Congenital and Adult Cardiac Databases.
Dr. Karamlou's research interests are focused on clinical outcomes in children and adults with congenital heart disease. She plans to further focus her research activities on topics related to Health Policy, Quality Initiatives, and Adult Congenital Heart Disease.
1. Caddell K, Diggs BS, de la Cruz JS, Walker W, Ehieli E, Karamlou T, Ungerledier RM, Welke KF. Common ground: measuring intrainstitutional mortality among pediatric surgical procedures. Surgery 2011;149:7-14.
2. Karamlou T, Diggs BS, McCrindle BW, Welke KF. A growing problem: Maternal mortality and peripartum complications are higher in patients with grown-up congenital heart disease. Ann Thorac Surg 2011;92:2113-8.
3. Karamlou T, Diggs BS, Ungerleider RM, Welke KF. Adults or big kids: What is the ideal clinical management for patients with grown-up congenital heart disease? Ann Thorac Surg 2010;90:573-9.
4. Karamlou T, Diggs BS, Ungerleider RM, Welke KF, Evolution of treatment options and outcomes for hypoplastic left heart syndrome over an 18-year period. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010;139:119-26.
5. Karamlou T, McCrindle BW, Blackstone EH, Caldarone CA, Cai S, Ashburn DA, Williams WG. Lesion specific outcomes are related predominantly to patient and management factors rather than institutional volume: A Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society Study. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010;139:569-77.