Dr. Vaughn Starnes

Dr. Vaughn Starnes

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About Dr. Vaughn Starnes, Heart Surgeon

Greetings! I'm Dr. Vaughn Starnes, a cardiac surgeon who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977. Throughout my career, I have successfully performed around 12,000 cardiac surgeries, with a focus on heart valve procedures accounting for 4,000 of those cases. I am privileged to regularly operate at renowned medical institutions such as the USC Cardiac and Vascular Institute and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

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One of my key strengths lies in my extensive experience of twenty-five years, during which I have operated on patients of all ages, ranging from children to adults. I am grateful for my innate ability to carry out highly complex surgeries with relative ease. Additionally, I have a strong passion for research and teaching, and I am committed to advancing the field of cardiac surgery at USC. My specific areas of interest include minimally invasive valve surgery, aortic valve surgery, and congenital heart disease.

Speciality In

  • 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
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(855) 845-2106
1520 San Pablo St. Los Angeles, California
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