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Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeon Joins CHOC

An internationally respected congenital cardiothoracic surgeon with research interests in hybrid congenital heart surgery and myocardial protection has joined the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute. Joanne P. Starr, M.D., has co-authored more than 50 abstracts and manuscripts that have been presented at national and international conferences. Several have focused on hybrid cardiac surgery, collaborative procedures involving interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.

Additionally, she has served as co-investigator on multi-center studies, including evaluating Esmolol for treating hypertension after surgical repair of coarctation of the aorta, REPEL-CV for reducing post-operative adhesions following pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, and Clopidogrel to lower arterial thrombotic risk in neonates and infants. Most recently, she was co-investigator for an American Heart Association grant, “Human Factors and Patient Safety During Infant Cardiac Surgery.”

Dr. Starr is board certified in both surgery and thoracic surgery. Previously, she was director of the cardiac surgery program at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and an associate professor at the New Jersey Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Newark.

Dr. Starr is a founding member of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. In recent years she has served as lead and associate surgeon on several international congenital heart surgery missions.

“Outcomes have markedly improved over the past 20 years. Our research is no longer focusing only on survival but on other important outcomes such as neurodevelopment,” Dr. Starr said.

To arrange a referral, please contact Dr. Starr at 714-997-2224.


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