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 USC Cardiac and Vascular Institute and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Read more...

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97 Patient Reviews for
Dr. Starnes

Patient Review of Dr. Vaughn 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 a wonderful surgeon. We feel so privileged to have had him perform surgery on Micah's heart twice. As a new mom, I was so scared to have my 7-month old baby boy have open-heart surgery that I went to see Dr. Arno Hohn, director of the heart center at Children's Hospital. He said the best surgeon for my son was Dr. Vaughn Starnes. Then I asked a friend whose husband also was a doctor, and asked for the best heart surgeon for a baby and he said Dr. Vaughn Starnes. I so much wanted to have Dr. Starnes operate again on Micah at 24 years and we are so grateful that he was able to do that.

Dr. Starnes was very kind to us when we went to consult with him and we thought that the surgery date would be another four months away, but he offered us a date within 3 weeks. He knew exactly what he needed to do after all of the pre-op tests on Micah and he was quite confident that all would go well for him.

Surgery went smoothly and Micah has been healing quickly. We are grateful to all of the team at Keck USC for doing such a wonderful job with Micah. Thank you so much, Dr. Starnes. Our warmest wishes for you and your family always."

-- Micah LaPointe, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/17/2022

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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 was 100th president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

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with Dr. Vaughn Starnes, MD

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

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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 27, 2022