Dr. Albert Starr to Present the 2012 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture

03/07/12  Portland, Ore.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7:30 p.m.


OHSU Auditorium, Marquam Hill Campus, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson park Road, Portland, OR 97239

PORTLAND, Ore. - Internationally accomplished cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered and implanted the first successful heart valve, Albert Starr, M.D., will deliver the 2012 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture, an annual free lecture named for one of Oregon's greatest medical research advocates. The title of the lecture is “The Value of Health —The Argument for Strong Investment in Medical and Scientific Research.”

The Mark O. Hatfield Lecture is a special presentation of the Marquam Hill Lecture series, which features a variety of OHSU health experts providing free lectures on topics that greatly impact the health of Oregonians. During his lecture, Dr. Starr will discuss the importance of public support in the advancement of his own research, as well as that of other scientists at OHSU. He also will examine the social and economic benefits of health and longevity.

About Dr. Albert Starr

Dr. Starr came to OHSU in 1957 to launch and lead OHSU’s open-heart surgery program. He is best known for co-inventing and implanting the world’s first successful artificial heart valve, named the Starr-Edwards Heart Valve, in 1960. Since then, the artificial heart valve technology has saved literally hundreds of thousands of lives. Dr. Starr led a joint cardiac surgery program for OHSU and Providence from 1964 until 1989, when he began to practice solely at Providence. Dr. Starr recently rejoined OHSU where he is leveraging his extraordinary experience to enhance and build OHSU’s public and private partnerships in research, education, clinical care and outreach.

About the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture

The late Sen. Hatfield was a tireless advocate for scientific and medical research and for Oregon’s system of higher education. That advocacy made possible the Oregon Health & Science University we know today. To honor his legacy, OHSU hosts an annual Mark O. Hatfield Lecture.