Dr. Joanne P. Starr, Medical Director, Extracorporeal Life Support Program

Dr. Joanne P. Starr, Medical Director, Extracorporeal Life Support Program

  • Joanne P Starr MD
  • Appointments:
  • Office: 714-509-4641
  • Specialty: Thoracic Surgery
  • Board Certified: General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Starr was previously 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. She is a member of numerous societies and a founding member of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. She has served as lead and associate surgeon on several international congenital heart surgery missions, including to the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Uganda.

Dr. Starr’s research interests in hybrid congenital heart surgery and myocardial protection complement the innovative and pioneering nature of the Heart Institute at CHOC – the only regional facility performing neonatal and pediatric open heart surgery. Dr. Starr 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.

Dr. Starr 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.

Joanne P Starr MD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange .


Outpatient Heart Center
505 S. Main St. Suite 600
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-509-4641


  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship
    Children’s Hospital of Seattle, WA
  • General Surgery Residency
    New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia Campus
  • Medical School
    New York Medical College
  • Thoracic Surgery Residency
    New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia Campus

Administrative Appointments

Medical Director, Extracorporeal Life Support Program

Our Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeons commonly perform the following surgeries:

Heart Defects

  • Norwood procedure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Arterial switch for transposition of the great arteries
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Atrioventricular (AV) canal defect
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Tetralogy of fallot
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Ventricular septal defect

Thoracic defects

  • Chest wall and lung malignancies
  • Complex vascular access

Lung defects

  • Congenital pulmonary airway malformations
  • Pulmonary sequestration
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Lung infections


Jacoby K, Starr JP, Gates RN, Domico M, Quill, A. Clinical guideline for the assessment of vocal cord dysfunction post cardiac surgery in neonates. PCICS. 2014; Abstract Poster.

Herrera M, Starr JP, Morchi G, Phillips K, Palafox B, Domico M. Development of clinical practice guidelines for postoperative chylothorax in pediatric cardiac surgical patients. PCICS. 2014; Abstract Poster.

Peterson J, Starr JP, Gates RN, Evangelista L. Is neonatal hearing dysfunction associated with developmental delay following cardiac surgery. Fourth Annual Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Symposium. 2015; Abstract Poster.

Starr JP, Domico M, Nugent D, Gates RN, Palafox BA, Ramirez R, Quill, A. Use of human plasma derived antithrombin vs. recombinant antithrombin in pediatric ECMO: a retrospective cohort study. ELSO Meeting. 2015; Abstract Poster.

Nossair F, Mahajerin A, Starr J, Kirov I. Superior Vena Cava Syndrome: an evidence-based analysis of reported cases in the English-language literature from 1990-2015. 29th Annual Meeting American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2016; Abstract Poster.

Mohari N, Starr JP, Gates RN, Domico MB, Batra AS. Bipolar versus unipolar temporary epicardial ventricular pacing leads use in congenital heart disease: A prospective randomized controlled study. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2016; 39(5):471-7.

Starr JP, Gates RN, Palafox BA, Quill A. Retrospective Cohort Study Comparing Redo Operations Using Ferromagnetic Dissection and Conventional Monopolar Dissection. Surg Innov. 2016; Epub ahead of print.

Nguyen AK, Palafox BA, Starr JP, Gates RN, Berdjis F. Endocarditis and Incomplete Endothelialization 12 years after Amplatzer Septal Occluder Deployment. Tex Heart Inst J. 2016; 43(3):227-31.




Dr. Joann Starr - Tetralogy of Fallot
What is Tetralogy of Fallot?

Dr. Joanne Starr, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, discusses the signs, treatment and long-term outcome of children born with Tetralogy of Fallot.

When a Child Needs ECMO
When a Child Needs Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), also known as Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS)

Dr. Joanne Starr, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, explains what to expect when a child is on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), also known as extracorporeal life support (ECLS).

Health Topics

Technician monitoring young boy during test
Kids and Heart Surgery

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