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Tara Karamlou, M.D., M.Sc.

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.

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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

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Khanna AD, Hill KD, Pasquali SK, Wallace AS, Masoudi FA, Jacobs ML, Jacobs JP, Karamlou T. Benchmark Outcomes for Pulmonary Valve Replacement Using The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Databases. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jul; 100(1):138-46.
  2. Karamlou T. Acute kidney injury after Fontan completion: Risk factors and outcomes "The good, the bad, and the ugly". J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jul; 150(1):197-9.
  3. Bhatt AB, Foster E, Kuehl K, Alpert J, Brabeck S, Crumb S, Davidson WR, Earing MG, Ghoshhajra BB, Karamlou T, Mital S, Ting J, Tseng ZH. Congenital heart disease in the older adult: a scientific statement from the american heart association. Circulation. 2015 May 26; 131(21):1884-931.
  4. Karamlou T. Utility of the technical performance score for the Norwood operation every score should know its limitations. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Nov; 148(5):2214-5.
  5. Poynter JA, Bondarenko I, Austin EH, DeCampli WM, Jacobs JP, Ziemer G, Kirshbom PM, Tchervenkov CI, Karamlou T, Blackstone EH, Walters HL, Gaynor JW, Mery CM, Pearl JM, Brothers JA, Caldarone CA, Williams WG, Jacobs ML, Mavroudis C. Repair of anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery in 113 patients: a Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society report. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2014 Oct; 5(4):507-14.
  6. Jacobs JP, O'Brien SM, Pasquali SK, Kim S, Gaynor JW, Tchervenkov CI, Karamlou T, Welke KF, Lacour-Gayet F, Mavroudis C, Mayer JE, Jonas RA, Edwards FH, Grover FL, Shahian DM, Jacobs ML. The importance of patient-specific preoperative factors: an analysis of the society of thoracic surgeons congenital heart surgery database. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Nov; 98(5):1653-9.
  7. Karamlou T, Overman D, Hill KD, Wallace A, Pasquali SK, Jacobs JP, Jacobs ML, Caldarone CA. Stage 1 hybrid palliation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome-assessment of contemporary patterns of use: An analysis of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan; 149(1):195-202.e1.
  8. Karamlou T, Jacobs ML, Pasquali S, He X, Hill K, O'Brien S, McMullan DM, Jacobs JP. Surgeon and center volume influence on outcomes after arterial switch operation: analysis of the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Sep; 98(3):904-11.
  9. Karamlou T, Sexson K, Parrish A, Welke KF, McMullan DM, Permut L, Cohen G. One size does not fit all: the influence of age at surgery on outcomes following Norwood operation. J Cardiothorac Surg. 2014; 9(1):100.
  10. Jacobs JP, Pasquali SK, Austin E, Gaynor JW, Backer C, Hirsch-Romano JC, Williams WG, Caldarone CA, McCrindle BW, Graham KE, Dokholyan RS, Shook GJ, Poteat J, Baxi MV, Karamlou T, Blackstone EH, Mavroudis C, Mayer JE, Jonas RA, Jacobs ML. Linking the congenital heart surgery databases of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society: part 2--lessons learned and implications. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2014 Apr; 5(2):272-82.
  11. Jacobs JP, Pasquali SK, Austin E, Gaynor JW, Backer C, Hirsch-Romano JC, Williams WG, Caldarone CA, McCrindle BW, Graham KE, Dokholyan RS, Shook GJ, Poteat J, Baxi MV, Karamlou T, Blackstone EH, Mavroudis C, Mayer JE, Jonas RA, Jacobs ML. Linking the congenital heart surgery databases of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society: part 1--rationale and methodology. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2014 Apr; 5(2):256-71.
  12. Symons JM, McMahon MW, Karamlou T, Parrish AR, McMullan DM. Continuous renal replacement therapy with an automated monitor is superior to a free-flow system during extracorporeal life support. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2013 Nov; 14(9):e404-8.
  13. Karamlou T, Welke KF, McMullan DM, Cohen GA, Gelow J, Tibayan FA, Mudd JM, Slater MS, Song HK. Combined heart-kidney transplant improves post-transplant survival compared with isolated heart transplant in recipients with reduced glomerular filtration rate: Analysis of 593 combined heart-kidney transplants from the United Network Organ Sharing Database. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Jan; 147(1):456-461.e1.
  14. Karamlou T. Optimal timing for arterial switch in neonates with transposition of the great arteries: an elusive target. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Feb 11; 63(5):488-9.
  15. Karamlou T. Reply: To PMID 23063197. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Oct; 96(4):1531.
  16. Hammel JM, Deptula JJ, Karamlou T, Wedemeyer E, Abdullah I, Duncan KF. Newborn aortic arch reconstruction with descending aortic cannulation improves postoperative renal function. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Nov; 96(5):1721-6; discussion 1726.
  17. Poynter JA, Eghtesady P, McCrindle BW, Walters HL, Kirshbom PM, Blackstone EH, Husain SA, Overman DM, Austin EH, Karamlou T, Lodge AJ, St Louis JD, Gruber PJ, Ziemer G, Davies RR, Jacobs JP, Brown JW, Williams WG, Tchervenkov CI, Jacobs ML, Caldarone CA. Association of pulmonary conduit type and size with durability in infants and young children. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Nov; 96(5):1695-701; discussion 1701-2.
  18. Karamlou T, Poynter JA, Walters HL, Rhodes J, Bondarenko I, Pasquali SK, Fuller SM, Lambert LM, Blackstone EH, Jacobs ML, Duncan K, Caldarone CA, Williams WG, McCrindle BW. Long-term functional health status and exercise test variables for patients with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum: a Congenital Heart Surgeons Society study. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Apr; 145(4):1018-25; discussion 1025-7.
  19. Karamlou T, Vafaeezadeh M, Parrish AM, Cohen GA, Welke KF, Permut L, McMullan DM. Increased extracorporeal membrane oxygenation center case volume is associated with improved extracorporeal membrane oxygenation survival among pediatric patients. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Feb; 145(2):470-5.
  20. Karamlou T, Gelow J, Diggs BS, Tibayan FA, Mudd JM, Guyton SW, Slater MS, Song HK. Mechanical circulatory support pathways that maximize post-heart transplant survival. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Feb; 95(2):480-5; discussion 485.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.