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Aortic Dissection is a Serious Condition That Can Lead to Instant Death
June 24, 2016
To get more insight into what happens when you get an aortic dissection and how to prevent one, we turned to Fernando Fleischman, MD, assistant professor of surgery and the co-director of the USC Comprehensive Aortic Center at Keck Medicine of USC.

"Little Darth Vader" Recovering After Open-Heart Surgery
By Scott Stump, TODAY.com contributor
June 15, 2012
Max Page, the 7-year-old actor who portrayed a pint-sized Darth Vader in a popular Volkswagen Passat ad during the Super Bowl in 2011, is recovering in the intensive care unit at Children's Hospital Los Angeles after a two-hour open-heart surgery on Thursday. Page had the surgery to address a congenital defect that was diagnosed when he was 3 months old. "The surgery today went very well," said cardiothoracic surgeon Vaughn Starnes, who performed the procedure, in a statement released by a hospital spokesman. "We had to replace his pulmonary valve, which we did without incident."
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An Artificial Heart Offers a Real Chance
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2011
After years of declining health, Tammy Lumpkins becomes the first West Coast patient to be released from the hospital after receiving an artificial heart. The device will buy her some time until she can get a transplant. More...

USC Medallion Goes to Starnes, Waterman
USC News
April 16, 2008
The acclaimed surgeon and 'father of computational biology' are given the university's highest distinction at the Academic Honors Convocation. Vaughn A. Starnes and Michael Waterman are this year's recipients of the university's highest honor, the Presidential Medallion. USC President Steven B. Sample presented the awards at the 27th annual Academic Honors Convocation April 7 at Town & Gown. More...

USC Heart Transplant Program boasts best survival rates in U.S.
By Katie Neith
HSC Weekly, August 10, 2007
The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at USC is at the top of its game, according to a recent report that listed its Heart Transplant Program at Keck Hospital of USC as having a statistically higher survival rate than the national average. More...

USC Doctor Honored for Work with Latinos
Dr. Ismael Nuño gets award for his efforts to curb heart disease in the community.
by Katie Hill
Daily Trojan, April 26, 2007
A USC doctor known for his work in the local community received the Louis B. Russell Jr. Memorial Award from the American Heart Association in honor of his efforts to decrease cardiovascular disease in the Los Angeles Latino population. Ismael Nuño, assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at USC Keck School of Medicine, took home the prestigious national honor this past weekend in Washington. More...

Governor Touts CardioVascular Thoracic Institute
By Jon Weiner
HSC Weekly, April 20, 2007
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger marked the 10-year anniversary of his heart surgery at USCs Health Science Campus by visiting on April 16 and saluting the new CardioVascular Thoracic Institute (CVTI). The new Institute at the Keck School of Medicine is waging war against the leading cause of death among American men and women-heart disease. It was created under the leadership of Vaughn Starnes, chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Keck School. More...

American Heart Association Honors Keck School Surgeon Vaughn Starnes
HSC Weekly, March 4, 2005
The American Heart Association honored USC cardiothoracic surgeon Vaughn Starnes on Feb. 12 at its 28th Annual Los Angeles Heart Ball at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Starnes is Hastings Professor of Surgery and chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine. More...

Cleveland Clinic Study Shows Coronary Bypass Surgery is More Beneficial Than Angioplasty in High-Risk Patients
April 29, 2004
In a study performed at the Cleveland Clinic, researchers found better survival rates in high-risk patients who underwent bypass surgery than in patients who underwent angioplasty. High risk factors included coronary artery disease in multiple vessels coupled with diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart failure. More...

Robot Named "da Vinci" Puts USC at the Forefront of Surgery
HSC Weekly, May 4, 2001
USC cardiothoracic surgeons recently performed Southern California's first robotic heart operation. Vaughn Starnes, professor and chair of cardiothoracic surgery, and his team of cardiothoracic surgeons repaired the mitral valve of patient Lotte Henderson on April 27 at Keck Hospital of USC using the da Vinci Surgical System. More...


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