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...

23 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 and his team are the best. I started feeling better immediately after meeting him even before surgery. He infuses so much confidence, I can not even describe it in words. Every doctor he has in his team is excellent. You can tell , they were trained by him. They are polite, confident and caring. As a surgeon , he is arguably the best in the world, not just in United States. He also has impeccable support staff. The ICU staff and nurses are exactly like his surgical team. They are very well trained, adequately rested and unbelievably caring. I had one of the most complex surgeries medical world has invented, and I was home and recovering on the 8th day. Unbelievable.... So with my whole heart, including 3 brand new valves courtesy of Dr. Starnes, I recommend Dr. Starnes and his team. Excellent .."

-- Silva Oganyan, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 09/15/2017

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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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