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...

71 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

"Due to COVID-19, my initial conference with Dr. Starnes was done via a teleconference after he had received my information. He was very forthright and advised that my situation was not something to be delayed.

He laid out the procedure and informed me that I had a good chance of making a complete recovery. After the surgery, he came into my room and we spoke about the procedure. Due the no visitor situation in the hospital because of the coronavirus outbreak, Dr. Starnes called my wife and spoke with her as well, to which I was most grateful.

He visited me again while I was in intensive care and when I was transferred to the cardio ward to recover over a period of 5 days.

Needless to say, I am very grateful for his outstanding and highly skilled work as well as his council regarding my situation.

I since have been in contact with his PA Bob Sachs who has been fantastic helping my wife when she had questions and me for my post op treatment.

He has answered all of our calls and texts quickly while providing us valuable information concerning meds and post op treatment. "5-Star" rating for Dr. Starnes and his team. Thank you all so very much.

Feeling great and on the mend in Thousand Oaks!"

-- Andrew Mckittrick, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 05/12/2020

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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. Vaughn Starnes, MD

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

  • Call (888) 536-1766 right now
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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: June 8, 2020