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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Tara Karamlou, MD, MSc

Thoracic Surgeon

CTCA Phoenix

"I was drawn to Cancer Treatment Centers of America because of their team-based approach to cancer care. "

- Tara Karamlou, MD, MSc

Medical degree

  • Doctor of Medicine - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Internship / Residency

  • Residency, General Surgery - Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • Residency, Cardiothoracic Surgery - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Residency, Cardiothoracic Surgery - Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon

Additional degree(s)

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology - University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • Master of Science, Biostatistics - Institute of Medical Science, Toronto, Canada


  • Adult Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery - American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery - American Board of Thoracic Surgery


  • Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery - Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, Washington

Practicing since: 2012

Dr. Tara Karamlou is a Thoracic Surgeon at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Phoenix. Dr. Karamlou joined CTCA® in April 2018. She is board certified in adult cardiac and thoracic surgery, as well as congenital cardiac surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. She holds a medical license in Washington, Arizona and California.

Dr. Karamlou provides an integrated approach to cancer treatment and incorporates the latest advances in surgery. She performs surgical procedures on organs in the chest, including the lungs, heart and esophagus. Working closely with patients, she helps diagnose and treat diseases of the chest through surgical treatment options.

“As a thoracic surgeon, I am involved in all aspects of perioperative care for patients with lung cancer, including those who are candidates for surgical resection,” says Dr. Karamlou. “When possible, I utilize minimally invasive procedures such as video-assisted thoracic surgery to help reduce recovery time for patients.”

Dr. Karamlou earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Washington in Seattle. She went on to complete her Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Karamlou also completed a master’s degree in biostatistics from the Institute of Medical Science in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Karamlou completed a residency in general surgery at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. She completed her residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Dr. Karamlou then completed her pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship from Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco in 2012.

Dr. Karamlou has held several academic teaching positions and produced many publications and presentations. She is the Associate Statistical Editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and is a member of the Editorial Board for Annals of Thoracic Surgery. She is also a member of numerous medical organizations including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Western Thoracic Surgical Association and Women in Thoracic Surgery, and the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society.

Outside of work, Dr. Karamlou enjoys distance running and shopping.

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Star ratings and comments are only available for medical, radiation and gynecologic oncologists. Gynecologic surgical offerings are not included at this time due to a different survey tool required to evaluate these services. CTCA uses a validated Press Ganey® survey, which captures patient experience feedback for the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys.

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