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Vaughn A. Starnes, M.D.
Vaughn A. Starnes, M.D.

Vaughn A. Starnes, M.D., is Hastings Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and the Director of the Cardiothoracic Residency Training Program at the Keck School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and did his general surgery training at Vanderbilt University, where he also completed two years of research in cardiothoracic physiology and pharmacology.

Dr. Starnes completed two years at Stanford University as a resident in cardiovascular surgery, and one year as chief resident in cardiac transplantation. He accepted a fellowship in pediatric cardiovascular surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in London. When he returned to Stanford, he was appointed director of Stanford's heart-lung transplantation program. He joined USC in July 1992 and was appointed Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1997.

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.


Vaughn A. Starnes, M.D.
Hastings Distinguished Professor and Chairman
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine


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1520 San Pablo St., Suite 4300
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Phone: (323) 442-5849
Fax: (323) 442-5956
E-mail: vstarnes@surgery.usc.edu
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  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, BA, 1973
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, M.D. 1977

Hospital Training


  • Vanderbilt University 1977-78 General Surgery


  • Vanderbilt University 1978-84 General Surgery
  • Stanford University 1984-1985 Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Stanford University 1986 Cardiothoracic Transplantation
  • Hospital for Sick Children, London 1987 Congenital Heart Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, 1985
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 1988

Clinical Interests

Research Interests

  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Heart and Lung Transplantation

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