Pediatric heart surgeon
Dr. Tara Karamlou is a pediatric heart surgeon who specializes in neonatal, pediatric and adult congenital heart surgery at the Pediatric Heart Center of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. She treats a variety of congenital heart defects in collaboration with the echocardiography service, Catheterization Lab, electrophysiology program and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Karamlou also treats patients in the Adult Congenital Heart Program, which focuses on surgery for adults with congenital heart defects. She is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Karamlou received a medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine with high honor, and a master's degree in biostatistics at the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She completed a general surgery residency at Oregon Health Science University and cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Michigan. She completed a pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital and joined UCSF in July 2012. Since coming to UCSF, Karamlou has participated in the conception and implementation of a home monitoring program to improve outcomes for patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Her patient care and research interests focus on clinical outcomes, quality improvement and health policy directives in pediatric cardiac surgery, single ventricle lesions and 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 currently is directing three national research studies for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
George Washington University Baylor School of Medicine 1996
Oregon Health and Science University, General Surgery 2008
University of Michigan Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery 2009
Oregon Health and Science University, Cardiothoracic Surgery 2010
Seattle Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery 2011
Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Data Center, Research Fellow 2006
Seattle Children's Hospital, Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellow 2012
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