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...

25 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

"Dr. Starnes is the best heart surgeon around I interviewed 15 surgeons before deciding on Dr. Starnes and he was the only one who was 100% confident that he could repair my valve and my surgery went exactly like he said. He and his staff took unbelievable care of me and made sure I understood everything that was going on at all times. I am recovering faster than I could ever imagine and back to my everyday routine after just three weeks. USC Keck Hospital is also an amazing facility."

-- Bill Davis, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/19/2018

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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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