Albert Starr

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Albert Starr (born 1926), is a noted American cardiovascular surgeon and pioneer, inventor of the Starr heart valve, who resides and practices in the Portland, Oregon area. Starr is special adviser to OHSU Dean of Medicine Mark Richardson and OHSU President Joseph Robertson (OHSU) at Oregon Health and Science University.[1] Albert Starr was born on June 1, 1926, in New York, New York. He received his B.A. degree from Columbia College (now Columbia University) in 1946 and his M.D. degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1949. He then went on to do his internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and his residency in general and thoracic surgery at the Bellevue and Presbyterian Hospitals of Columbia University. He was an assistant in surgeon at Columbia University until 1957, when he moved to Oregon—having been enticed, in part, by the Oregon Heart Association's promises to help fund his research and to take him salmon fishing. There he worked for the Crippled Children's Division at the University of Oregon Medical School (now the Oregon Health and Science University). Starr was an instructor in surgery when he met Lowell Edwards in September 1958. Starr has said of this meeting, "He was in his 60s and I was in my 30s, but there was no generation gap between us.

Starr "helped invent the world's first durable artificial mitral valve".[2] He is "credited with being a co-inventor of the world's first artificial heart valve in 1960[3]

2007 Lasker Award[edit]

On September 15, 2007, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced the 2007 Lasker Award winners which included two surgeons:

Steinman and Fauci will each receive $150,000 and Starr and Carpentier will each receive $75,000.[4]


  1. ^ Budnick, Nick (July 22, 2011). "Surgeon Albert Starr takes on new role at Oregon Health & Science University, leaving heart program at Providence St. Vincent". Oregon Live. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Brenneman, Kristina (May 14, 2000). "Starr's landmark valve to get honors in Paris". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Brian Libby (January 27, 2004). "Plan Aids Diabetic Heart Patients". New York Times. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ Lawrence K. Altman (September 16, 2007). "4 Winners of Lasker Medical Prize". New York Times. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 

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