Dr. Vaughn Starnes, Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. Vaughn Starnes and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in 1977. To date, I have performed approximately 12,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 4,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including University of Southern California and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Read more...

17 Patient Reviews for Dr. Starnes

"Thanks goes to Dr. Starnes for a successful mitral valve repair surgery at the right time!"

-- Debby Tomlinson, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/13/2011

"We initially met Dr. Starnes during August 2015. He was highly recommended to us by several cardiologists. Dr Starnes gave us a feeling of confidence the minute we met him. He made us think that my surgery, which was very complicated, two valve replacements, one valve repair, and a Maze procedure, would not be hard. He lived up to our expectations. I am leaving the hospital today, have had minimal amount of pain, his surgery team and nurses and doctors taking care of me at USC Keck have been wonderful and I have nothing but praise for everyone. Thank you Dr. Starnes, nurses, and surgery team for everything you have done for me."

-- albert dyen, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 09/08/2015

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My Specialities & Interests

Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:

  • Aortic valve replacement including the Ross Procedure
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Minimally invasive valve repair

In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:

  • Minimally invasive surgical approaches (robotic, transcatheter)
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Transplant

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. Vaughn Starnes, heart surgeon, graduated from North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in 1977.

Dr. Vaughn Starnes

University of Southern California
1520 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(888) 536-1766

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