Joseph B. Clark, MD

Joseph B. Clark, MD
Penn State Children's Heart Group
600 University Dr
Hershey, PA 17033
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  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA)
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • Atrioventricular canal (Septal) Defect (AVC, AVSD)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Double outlet right ventricle (DORV)
  • Ebstein's anomaly
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Interrupted aortic arch
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Partial or total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (PAPVC, TAPVC)
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Subaortic stenosis, membrane
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)

Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Outcomes

Joseph Clark, MD, received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He served as an engineer in the United States Air Force on active duty in Glendale, Ariz., until matriculating to medical school. Dr. Clark graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, N.C., and completed his residency training in general surgery. He completed further residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and fellowship training in congenital cardiac surgery at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Clark joined the faculty at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and currently holds an appointment as professor of pediatrics and surgery. He enjoys medical education and has numerous teaching awards to his credit. His clinical focus includes the surgical management of all forms of simple and complex congenital heart disease. As a member of the Penn State Pediatric Cardiovascular Research Center, Dr. Clark’s research interests include development of a pulsatile pediatric ventricular assist device, brain protection during cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass and mechanical extracorporeal life support. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and holds professional membership in the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society.


Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Children's Hospital Boston (Boston) - 2007

Residency, Surgery, Cardiothoracic
University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville) - 2006

Residency, Surgery, General
University of North Carolina Hospitals (Chapel Hill) - 2004

University of North Carolina School of Medicine (Chapel Hill) - 1997

  • Congenital heart surgery in developing countries
  • Resident and medical student education
  • Chief, Pediatric Surgery
  • Professor, Pediatrics and Surgery
  • Brain protection during cardiac surgery
  • Mechanical extracorporeal life support
  • Pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Pediatric ventricular assist device development

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