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Tara Karamlou, MD

Tara Karamlou, MD
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Department Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Adult congential cardiothoracic surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Department
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Section
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Congenital Heart Surgery in Adults
  • Department of Pediatric Cardiology and CT Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Pediatric Heart Surgery
  • Pulmonary Valve Repair
  • Pulmonary valve surgery
  • Pulmonic valve regurgitation
  • Pulmonic Valve Repair
  • Pulmonic Valve Replacement
  • Pulmonic Valve Surgery
  • Repair of Complex Congenital Heart Disease
  • Thoracic Surgery Section
  • Transposition of Great Arteries Repair
View all 23 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acquired Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Acquired Valve Disease
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Disorders of the Heart
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenital Valve Disease
  • Double Inlet Left Ventricle
  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle
  • Pulmonary Valve Regurgitation
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC)
  • Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR)
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About Tara Karamlou, MD

Tara Karamlou, MD, MSc, is a pediatric and congenital heart surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. She sees patients at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

Specialty Interests: Single ventricle lesions, including pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum and hypoplastic left heart syndrome; tetralogy of Fallot; transposition of the great arteries; infants and children with complex congenital heart disease; adult congenital heart disease

Education: Dr. Karamlou earned her medical degree with high honors from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. During her surgical residency at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Ore., Dr. Karamlou was awarded the Nina Braunwald research fellowship from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, and also was appointed as the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society (CHSS) John Kirklin/David Ashburn Fellow. This two-year nonclinical appointment focuses on outcomes research within the CHSS Data Center located at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As part of this fellowship, she earned a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Science.

After completing her fellowship in Toronto and her surgical residency in Oregon, Dr. Karamlou continued her training with two residencies in congenital heart surgery, first at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., and then returning to Oregon Health and Science University. She pursued additional subspecialty training as an ACGME-accredited fellow in congenital heart surgery in the Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital. She was named to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s medical staff in 2019.

Experience: Cleveland Clinic congenital heart surgeons annually perform more than 150 adult surgeries and nearly 200 pediatric surgeries. In 2017 the Cleveland Clinic mortality rate was 0% for adult congenital and 2.95% for pediatric congenital surgeries, both lower than the expected rates. In the five years since completing her congenital heart surgery fellowship, Dr. Karamlou has performed more than 800 congenital cardiac surgeries. 

Research, Speaking and Publications: Dr. Karamlou ‘s particular research interest is in investigating and improving outcomes in children and adults with complex congenital heart disease. She currently is an investigator on four multi-center clinical studies, including a Children's Heart Foundation study that aims to developing a national model for regionalization of care for children undergoing congenital cardiac surgery in the United States. Dr. Karamlou is a frequently invited presenter at national and international medical meetings, speaking on pediatric and adult congenital heart surgery. She has published numerous papers and abstracts in peer-reviewed medical journals, including Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and has coauthored more than a dozen chapters in surgical textbooks. She is a member of the editorial board for the two main scientific journals in cardiothoracic surgery, and is the Associate Statistical editor for JTCVS

About Dr. Karamlou: “I am passionate about congenital heart care because it provides an opportunity to impact the lives of patients, from fetal life through adulthood. Children are our most precious resource, and it is a privilege to care for them and their families. As a pediatric heart surgeon, I have the opportunity to innovate and learn in a multidisciplinary environment. My greatest strengths are my ability to communicate effectively with every member of the congenital care team and to always emphasize the critical importance of clinical excellence in a family-centered model.”

Leisure Activities: In her leisure time Dr. Karamlou enjoys long-distance running, ballet and ocean swimming.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Seattle Children's Hospital
Congenital cardiac surgery (Thoracic Surgery).
Seattle, WA

Residency - Oregon Health & Science University
Adult cardiac surgery
Portland, OR

Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Thoracic Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI

Residency - Oregon Health & Science University
General Surgery
Portland, OR

Fellowship - Nina Braunwald Thoracic Surgery for Research for Research and Education Fellowship
Congenital cardiac research fellowship
Portland, OR

Medical Education - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Undergraduate - University of Washington
Honors Biology



  • Thoracic Surgery - Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Single ventricle lesions, including pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum and hypoplastic left heart syndrome; tetralogy of Fallot; transposition of the great arteries; infants and children with complex congenital heart disease; adult congenital heart disease

Awards & Honors

  • Nina Braunwald TSFRE Scholar
  • J. Maxwell Chamberlain Award, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Hawley Seiler Award, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
  • TSDA Award, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • John A. Hawkins Award, CHSS
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/22/2023, Dr. Karamlou has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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