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Mark Duster, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, Salida, CO


Pediatric Cardiology Salida, CO

Health Volunteers Overseas, Medical Director Pediatrics, Bhutan

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  • Mark Duster is a semi-retired Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Cardiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and past Director of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston Texas and then served as the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas. He later joined a private practice closely associated with Children’s Hospital Colorado located in Colorado Springs. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American College of Cardiology, and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention. His current special interests are children and adults with congenital heart defects, teaching the fundamentals of pediatric cardiology to residents in training and altitude physiology.
    In addition to providing locum tenens coverage, he works as a volunteer physician in his local community health center and volunteers with NGOs providing pediatric resident training in Vietnam, Laos, Bhutan and Cambodia. He currently serves as the Health Volunteers Overseas project director for pediatrics in Bhutan.

Education & Training

  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Baylor College of MedicineFellowship, Pediatric Cardiology, 1980 - 1982
  • Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
    Fitzsimons Army Medical CenterResidency, Pediatrics, 1975 - 1978
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
    University of Missouri-Columbia School of MedicineClass of 1975
  • University of KansasB.A., Biology, 1967 - 1971

Certifications & Licensure

  • MO State Medical License
    MO State Medical License 2012 - 2018
  • CO State Medical License
    CO State Medical License 1978 - 2023
  • American Board of Pediatrics Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics Pediatric Cardiology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Special Recognition by the country of Vietnam Recognition by the Peoples Committee of the province of Thừa Thiên-Huế, Vietnam for contributions in the advancement of pediatric cardiology care, 2017
  • Memorial Foundation Outstanding Physician Award Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO, 2010
  • Best Doctors in America 2007
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Sildenafil Increases Systemic Saturation and Reduces Pulmonary Artery Pressure in Patients with Failing Fontan Physiology  
    Morchi, G.S., Ivy, D.D, Duster, M.C., Claussen L, Chan, K.C., and Kay, J, Congenital Heart Disease, 1/1/2009
  • High-Altitude Illness in Children  
    Duster, M.C. and Derlet, M.N, Pediatric Annals, 1/1/2009
  • Mending Little Hearts  
    Duster, M.C, Colorado Springs Health, 1/1/2002
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Books/Book Chapters


  • Performance of Cavopulmonary Palliation at Elevated Altitude: Midterm Outcomes and Risk Factors for Failure
    Malhotra, S.P.; Ivy, D.D.; Mitchell, MB, Campbell; DN; Dines; M; Miyamoto, S; Duster, M; Kay, J; Lacour-Gayet, Circulation, 1/1/2007
  • Novel Use of Currently Available Transcatheter Devices for the Occlusion of Large Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations
    Chang, D.H., Chan, K.C., and Duster, M.C, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, 1/1/2003
  • Pulmonary Vein Stenosis Demonstrated by Magnification Pulmonary Artery Wedge Angiography
    Duster, M.C. Nihill M.R., Mullins, C.E., and McNamara, D.G, Circulation, 1/1/1982
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  • Ethics, Marketing and Breast Milk Substitutes 
    Brighton CO - 1/31/2013
  • Texas Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative 
    Ft. Worth, TX - 1/18/2013
  • Implementing Screening of Newborns for Critical Cardiac Defects 
    Colorado Springs, CO - 1/20/2012
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Authored Content

  • Angkor Hospital for Children, Siem Reap, CambodiaFebruary 2018
  • Angkor Hospital for Children, Siem Reap, CambodiaFebruary 2018

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