Albert Starr talks about his early education and medical training, his service in the Korean War, and how he came to the University of Oregon Medical School in 1958, where he soon met engineer Lowell Edwards. He discusses his involvement in the development of the first prosthetic heart valves that were successfully implanted in humans. He reminisces about the pioneering surgeons he met and outlines the history of American surgery in the twentieth century. He closes with comments on the issue of informed consent.
Transcript of oral history interview with Albert Starr, M.D., conducted on February 17, 2006 by Richard Mullins, M.D.