USC Cardiothoracic Surgery has been a leader in the treatment of cardiothoracic diseases for more than 10 years. Under the leadership of Vaughn A. Starnes, M.D., USC surgeons have performed more than 15,000 open heart surgeries for heart valve valve repair and heart valve replacements and coronary artery bypasses, and more than 10,000 surgeries for diseases of the lungs, esophagus and chest wall.
Our surgeons, along with their extensive clinical, research, and administrative staff, offer comprehensive state of the art therapy for all heart valve diseases - using standard and minimally invasive approaches - including aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation.
In addition, USC surgeons offer a complete spectrum of care for pediatric cardiac and thoracic disease including Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Thoracic Diseases, End Stage Cardiac Disease, Heart Transplantation, End-Stage Pulmonary Disease and Lung Transplantation.
All the knowledge and expertise in the world is worth nothing if the care is not delivered with compassion and empathy. Members of the USC Cardiothoracic Surgeons intimately understand the stress and worry that go hand-in-hand with cardiothoracic conditions. These consuming emotions not only affect the patient, but envelop families as well.
We believe education and open communication, along with a compassionate approach to care, can help alleviate some of this worry and concern. Patient coordinators serve as "point people" to ensure that our patients and families are in constant contact with us, and that all questions are answered. Although our practice is university-based, its values are grounded in traditional doctor-to-patient care -- providing personalized service every day of the week.
To contact our heart valve clinic, please contact:
Our clinic accepts most health insurance including All major health insurance providers Anthem, Blue Cross and Aetna.
Our clinic is located at:
University of Southern California
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, California 90033
A map of our clinic is provided below.