About 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...

42 Patient Reviews for
Dr. Starnes

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

-- Debby Tomlinson, heart valve surgery patient

"When my cardiologist recommended heart surgery, he referred me to Dr. Starnes for the procedure. It was my first invasive procedure at age 70. Don't know what I expected, but my experience with Dr. Starnes and his staff was nothing short of exemplary. Can't say enough words to convey their professionalism and attention to detail. If I ever needed a future procedure I'd run directly to Dr. Starnes and Keck Medicine of USC!"

-- Carl Carlson, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 12/21/2018

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My Specialities &
Clinical Interests

My heart surgery specialties include:

  • 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.

After medical school, Dr. Starnes completed a General Surgery Residency at Vanderbilt University and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Stanford University. Dr. Starnes also completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiovascular surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in London, England.

Dr. Starnes is the Chair of the Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief at USC Norris Cancer and Keck Hospital. In addition, Dr. Starnes is the H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair for Cardiovascular Thoracic Research at the Keck Medical School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Starnes is currently the Vice President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS). In 2019, he will become the 100th president of the AATS.

Schedule Appointment
with Dr. Starnes

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Starnes, you can:

  • Call (888) 536-1766 right now
  • Request an appointment by clicking here.

The office of Dr. Starnes is located at 1520 San Pablo St., Los Angeles, CA 90033. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.



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Page last updated: January 14, 2019