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Joseph Brian Clark, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery Director of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Office Information

Penn State Hershey Children's Heart Group
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Tel: (800) 243-1455 / (717) 531-2050 Fax: (717) 531-2052


Cardiothoracic Surgery Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery Thoracic Surgery

Patient Services Provided

Aortic Valve Disease Atrial Septal Defect Atrioventricular Canal Atrioventricular Septal Defect Coarctation of the Aorta Congenital Heart Disease Show all patient services »

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Biographical Information

Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Outcomes

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 an Associate 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 Hershey 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, a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and a member of The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.

Professional Education

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) M.D., University of North Carolina School of Medicine (Chapel Hill) (1997)

Research Interests

Brain protection during cardiac surgery
Pediatric ventricular assist device development
Pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass
Mechanical extracorporeal life support

Academic Interests

Resident and medical student education
Congenital heart surgery in developing countries


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