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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Early Education; Medical School at Columbia; Training at Johns Hopkins; Residency in New York; Korean War; Early Research; Cardiopulmonary Bypass; Coming to Oregon; Pediatric Heart Surgery; Development of the Starr-Edwards Valves; First Human Patient; 1960 Conference on Prosthetic Valves; Refinements and Complications; 1961 American Surgical Meeting; Further Refinements; Competition; Development of the Aortic Valve; Dotter and Judkins; Move to St. Vincent; Edwards Labs; Pioneers in American Surgery; Looking Back on a Career; Outcomes in Medicine; Informed Consent; Final Thoughts; Index


Albert Starr talks about his early education and medical training, his service in the Korean War, and how he came to the University of Oregon Medical School in 1958, where he soon met engineer Lowell Edwards. He discusses his involvement in the development of the first prosthetic heart valves that were successfully implanted in humans. He reminisces about the pioneering surgeons he met and outlines the history of American surgery in the twentieth century. He closes with comments on the issue of informed consent. Albert Starr, M.D., was born in New York, N.Y. on June 1, 1926. He was educated at Columbia College (B.A., 1946) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons (M.D., 1949). Starr completed an internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1949-1950, and residencies in general and thoracic surgery at Bellevue and Presbyterian Hospitals in New York, 1950-1957. He joined the surgical faculty of the University of Oregon Medical School in 1958 and served as Chief of the Division of Cardiopulmonary Surgery, UOMS, 1965-1990.


Transcript of oral history interview with Albert Starr, M.D., conducted on February 17, 2006 by Richard Mullins, M.D.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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