Turns out you can't co-invent the world's first successful artificial heart valve without getting recognized. Dr. Albert Starr has been awarded the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award, along with pioneering heart surgeon Alain Carpentier and immunologist Ralph Steinman for their oustanding contributions to the medical field. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will also receive a Lasker Public Service Award.
Dr. Starr, a practicing cardiac surgeon in Portland, Oregon, has also contributed to innovations related to congenital heart defects, coronary artery bypass surgery and heart transplant surgery. (Reuters)
Heart valve replacement surgery was in virtual non-existence 50 years ago. Now with Dr. Starr's help, hundreds of thousands of people are benefiting from artificial heart valve procedures and sidestepping premature death.
Well done, doctor! If you are anything like Sally Field, now you know that we like you. We really, really like you.
Dr. Starr's specialty areas include complex pediatric heart surgery, including Norwood Procedure and Switch for transposition valve repair, aortic as well as mitral valve replacement problems, combined valve and coronary disease minimally invasive surgery, and valve and coronary bloodless surgery, both elective and for Jehovah's Witness. Dr. Starr's office is located at the Starr Wood Group in Portland, Oregon.