“I had the good fortune early in my general surgery career to meet several visionaries in the field of congenital cardiac surgery who inspired and challenged me in a very comprehensive, yet intuitive way. I cannot overemphasize the importance of this in directing career trajectories and driving progress – especially for women cardiothoracic surgeons. Regarding the second aspect, the reconstructive aspect (as opposed to extirpative aspect) of congenital surgery appealed to me, but caring for children, I felt, provided a sustainability – a legacy – to what I would do every day that I cherish. I really could not envision another pathway at this point.”
Tara Karamlou, MD, is a congenital cardiac surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Karamlou completed her residency in General Surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University, received CT Surgical training at the University of Michigan, and completed her completed her Congenital Cardiac Fellowship at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is an outstanding role model for women, congenital surgeons, and our entire specialty.