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Faculty & Staff

Vaughn A. Starnes, M.D.

Cynthia S. Herrington, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Contact

University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
4650 Sunset Blvd, Box 66
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 361-4148
Fax: (323) 913-2865

 

 

 

 

Education

High School

  • James A. Garfield, Garrettsville, Ohio, Valedictorian, NHS, 1984

College or University

  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
    Integrated Life Sciences, cum laude, B.S. 1990

Medical School

  • Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Rootstown, Ohio, M.D. 1990

Hospital Training

Internship and Residency

  • St. Lukes Medical Center, Shaker Heights, Ohio
    General Surgery Intern and Resident,
    1990-1995

Fellowships

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery,
    July 1995- June 1998
  • Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    Congenital Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
    July  1998- June 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Coleman-Connolly Cardiovascular and Thoracic Teaching Award,
    University of Minnesota Department of Surgery, 1998
  • Top Doctors List, Mpls St. Paul Magazine, January 2000
  • Top Doctors List, Mpls St. Paul Magazine, January 2004
  • Top Doctors List, Mpls St. Paul Magazine, January 2006
  • Organ Donation Medal of Honor, October 2006
  • Top Doctors List, Mpls St. Paul Magazine, January 2007
  • Top Doctors List, Mpls St. Paul Magazine, January 2008

Medical Licensure

  • California 1998-present
  • Minnesota 1995-present

Board Certification

  • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1991
  • American Board of Surgery, 1996; Recertified 2006
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2000

Professional Background

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
    Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1999-2008
  • Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
    Department of Pediatrics,
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1999-2008

Clinical Administrative Appointments

  • Staff Physician, University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1999-2008
  • Staff Physician, St. Paul Children's Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota 1999-2008
  • Co-Chair, ECMO Subcommittee, Fairview University Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2002
  • Surgical Director of Pediatric Heart Transplantation, University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1999-2008
  • Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation, University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2003 - 2008
  • Medical Director of Pediatric Heart Transplant and ECMO Services, University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview, Minneapolis, Minnesota approved February 2008
  • Medical Director, Life Source, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2008

Specific Teaching Responsibilities

Faculty, CV Fellows' Core Curriculum Conferences

  • Tetralogy of Fallot 2002, 2007
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome 2002, 2004, 2005
  • Transposition of the Great Vessels 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • TAPVR and Cor Triatrium 2003, 2005, 2008
  • Thoracic Organ Procurement 2003
  • Pediatric Post-op Care 2004, 2006
  • ECMO 2004, 2006
  • ASD/VSD Repair 2005
  • Anatomy of Common Cardiac Defects 2005
  • Coarctation of Aorta 2006, 2007
  • Truncus Arteriosus 2008

Specific Administrative Responsibilities

  • Associate Program Director, University of Minnesota,
    Fellowship in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery,
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    2003 - 2005
  • Program Director, University of Minnesota,
    Fellowship in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery,
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    2005 - 2008
  • Faculty Member, Health Resources and Services Administration, Organ Transplantation Breakthrough Collaborative, Rockville,
    Maryland
    2005 - 2006
Society Memberships

Professional

  • Thoracic Surgery Directors Association 2003-present
  • Women in Thoracic Surgery 1999-present
  • Association of Women Surgeons 1999-present
  • American Medical Association 1999-present
  • American College of Surgeons 1999-present
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation 2001-present
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons 2001-present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics 2005-present
  • Minnesota Women Physicians 1999-present
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2006-present
  • American College of Chest Physicians 2006-present

Service

Professional Organizations, National/International

  • Chairman of Mentoring Committee, Women in Thoracic Surgery
    2004 - present
  • Vice President, Women in Thoracic Surgery,
    2005
  • Counselor to Executive Committee,
    Thoracic Surgery Directors Association
    2007-2009

Professional Organizations, Local

  • Member, Board of Directors, Life Source 2004 - 2008
  • President, Board of Directors, Life Source, 2008
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Life Source, 2007 - 2008
  • Member, Research Committee, Life Source, 2004

University/Other Committees

  • Search Committee - Pediatric CV Surgeon, University of Minnesota,
    Minneapolis, Minnesota,
    2007

Journal Reviews

  • Clinical Transplantation, 2008

Community Service

  • Board Member, Ronald McDonald House, 2001 - 2006
  • Transplant Physician for Transplant Games, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2004

Consultantships

  • Thoracic Transplant Reviewer, United Resource Network, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Thoracic Transplant Reviewer, Medica, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Medical Data Safety Monitoring Board - The Amplatzer Flow Restrictor, AGA Medical, Minnesota, 2003-2004
  • Medical Data Safety Monitoring Board - The Perimembranous VSD Trial Phase I, 2004-2005
  • Invited Expert, HRSA: Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, 2005

Research Activities

Major Areas of Research Interest

  • Coronary artery vasculopathy following heart transplantation
  • Donor management strategies to increase lung donors
  • Causes and Implications of Primary Graft Dysfunction in Lung Transplant Recipients
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Research

Cardiothoracic Fellows

  • Mabelle Cohen, MD
  • Dawn Hui, MD
  • Subhadra Shashidharan, MD
  • Melita Veighs, MD

Nurse Practitioners / Physician
Assistants / Research

  • Kathy Andrews, ACNP-BC
  • Christopher Justino, PA-C
  • Sophia Lam, ACNP-BC
  • Becky Lopez, RN, Research Nurse 
  • Robert E. Sachs, PA-C
  • Cherilyn Wisco, ACNP-BC
  • Wendy Gui Xu, ANP-BC

 

 
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