Tara Karamlou, M.D 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 as well as Congenital 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 is finalizing 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. She has received numerous awards from national societies, including the Hawley Seiler Resident Award both in 2004 and 2007 and the J. Maxwell Chamberlain Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Dr. Karamlou completed her pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital and was on faculty at Seattle Children's Hospital prior to her recruitment to UCSF in 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, which is now in its 2nd year.
Dr. Karamlou also has developed a Standardized Clinical Care Algorithm for adults with congenital heart disease, which will improve the efficiency and quality of care for ACHD patients having surgery at UCSF. She has also operationalized a didactic educational program for the cardiothoracic residents and fellows, and mentors several students and fellows in the department of surgery, cardiology, and pediatrics.
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 over 75 peer-reviewed publications in the field of pediatric cardiac surgery and has authored 10 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 has been focused on the volume-outcomes relationships in congenital cardiac surgery and the use of large datasets to answer clinical questions. 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 American Association for Thoracic Surgery. 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 the STS Congenital and Adult Cardiac Databases.