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Dr. Tara Karamlou

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Dr. Tara Karamlou Dr. Tara Karamlou is the 2nd John W. Kirklin Fellow in the CHSS Data Centre, July 2004 to June 2006. Her undergraduate degree is in Biology (magnum cum laude) at the University of Washington, Seattle. Tara graduated in medicine in 1999 with High Honors at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She entered General Surgery residency in Portland at the Oregon Health & Science University in 1999.

In 2002, Tara received the Nina Braunwald Research Fellowship from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education for 2-years study in basic science. She worked in Dr. Ross Ungerleider's laboratory developing novel miniature cardiopulmonary bypass circuits for neonatal cardiac surgery and demonstrating the positive effects on preservation of brain, myocardial and other vital organ function.

During her tenure in the CHSS Data Centre, Tara produced many publications and presentation and is in the process of completing her Master's degree in biostatistics at the University of Toronto . Her thesis title is "Integrating Time-related Parametric and Longitudinal Data Methods to Analyze Outcomes in Congenital Heart Surgery". She has earned many academic awards as an undergraduate, during medical school and in her post-graduate work. She has contributed to the development of a uniform nomenclature for congenital heart surgery through her participation on the STS Congenital database Workforce. She has also received consecutive grant funding from the Children's Heart Foundation both in the basic science realm and to investigate long-term outcomes in the CHSS cohort of children with pulmonary atresia and intact ventricular septum.

Tara completed her congenital surgery fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital In 2011, and is now on faculty as a pediatric heart surgeon at Seattle Children's Hospital.


  1. Konstantinov IE, Karamlou T, Blackstone EH, Mosca RS, Lofland GK, Caldarone CA, Williams WG, Mackie AS, McCrindle BW for the members of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Study; Truncus Arteriosus Associated with Interrupted Aortic Arch in 50 Neonates: A Congenital Heart Surgeonsí Society Study. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2006; 81:214-23

  2. Konstantinov IE, Karamlou T, Williams WG, Quaegebeur JM, delNido PJ, Spray TL, Caldarone CA, Blackstone EH, McCrindle BW, and the members of Congenital Heart Surgeons Society; Surgical Management of Aorto-Pulmonary Window Associated with Interrupted Aortic Arch: A Congenital Heart Surgeon's Society Study Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 2006: 131:1136-41.

  3. Karamlou T, Ashburn DA, Caldarone CA, Blackstone EH, Jonas RA, Jacobs ML, Williams WG, Ungerleider RM, and McCrindle BW, for the Members of the Congenital Heart Surgeonsí Society; Matching Procedure to Morphology Improves Outcomes in Neonates with Tricuspid Atresia. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, December 2005, 130 (6), pp.1503-1510.

  4. Karamlou T, Blackstone EH, Hawkins JW, Jacobs ML, Kanter KR, Brown JW, Mavroudis C, Caldarone CA, Williams WG, McCrindle BW, and the Pulmonary Conduit Working Group for the members of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society; Can Pulmonary Conduit Dysfunction and Failure be Reduced in Infants and Children Less Than Age Two Years at Initial Implantation? Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, October 2006, 132 (4), pp 829-838.