Areas of Treatment:
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Lung Cancer
- Thoracic Surgery
- Chair, Department of Surgery
- H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair for Cardiovascular Thoracic Research
- Director, Heart Institute at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
- Director, USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute
- Surgeon-in-chief, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital
- Pediatric Heart Surgery
- Heart-Lung and Lung Transplantation
- Cogenital Heart Surgery
- Living Lobar Donor Transplantation
- Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
- Transfusion free (bloodless medicine)
Vaughn Starnes, M.D., is chair of the Department of Surgery, surgeon-in-chief at USC Norris Cancer and Keck Hospital of USC and the H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair for Cardiovascular Thoracic Research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is also founding executive director of USC's Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
A recognized expert in heart and lung transplants, repair of congenital heart defects and heart surgery in children and newborns, Starnes pioneered the living-related double-lobar lung transplant in 1993. He is investigating the use of gene therapy to prevent scarring following heart surgery and he is currently involved in a clinical trial for cardiothoracic surgery using robotic surgery technology. Dr. Starnes has an ongoing interest in congenital heart disease, heart, lung, heart-lung and living related lung transplantation, coronary bypass grafting, and repair and replacement of the valves of the heart. He is also involved in research, helping develop gene therapy techniques to address the problem of restenosis following balloon angioplasty.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, Dr. Starnes performed his general surgery training at Vanderbilt University, where he also completed two years of research in cardiothoracic physiology and pharmacology. He completed two years at Stanford University as a cardiovascular surgery resident and one year as chief resident in cardiac transplantation under the mentorship of cardiothoracic transplant pioneer Dr. Norman Shumway. These positions were followed by a fellowship in pediatric cardiovascular surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in London. When he returned to Stanford, he was appointed director of the university’s heart-lung transplantation program. He joined USC in July 1992 and was appointed chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1997.
- Doctor of Medicine, University of North Carolina, 1977
- Vanderbilt University Surgery, 1977 - 1978
- Vanderbilt University, Pharmacology and Surgery, 1978 - 1981
- Vanderbilt University, Surgery, 1981 - 1984
- Stanford University, Cardiovascular Surgery, 1984 - 1986
- Stanford University Cardiac Transplantation, Thoracic Surgery, 1986 - 1987
- Vanderbilt University, Resident Fellow Pharmacology & Surgery, 1979 - 1981, Surgery, 2000
- American Board of Surgery
- American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Professional Society Memberships:
- WESTERN - Past President
- Dr. Starnes was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in 2011.
- USC Presidential Medallion, 2008
- America's Top Doctors - New York: Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2004
- 2011 list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.