Joseph Brian Clark, M.D.
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
- Thoracic Surgery
Dr. Clark received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. He served as an engineer in the United States Air Force on active duty in Glendale, Arizona until matriculating to medical school in 1993. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1997, and continued in Chapel Hill to complete his residency training in general surgery in 2004. He completed further residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Virginia in 2006. He completed his fellowship training in congenital cardiac surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in 2007.
Dr. Clark joined the faculty at the Penn State Hershey in 2007 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, his research interests have included development of a pulsatile pediatric ventricular assist device, brain protection during cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass, and mechanical extracorporeal life support.
Dr. Clark is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and holds professional memberships in The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society.
- Congenital heart surgery in developing countries
- Resident and medical student education
- Chief of Pediatric Surgery
- Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery
- Brain protection during cardiac surgery
- Mechanical extracorporeal life support
- Pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass
- Pediatric ventricular assist device development
- Aortic Valve Disease
- Atrial Septal Defect
- Atrioventricular Canal
- Atrioventricular Septal Defect
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Coronary Artery Anomalies
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus
- Subaortic Membrane or Stenosis
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Transposition of the Great Arteries
- Ventricular Septal Defect