Vaughn A. Starnes

Expert in heart and lung surgery and transplantation, including for children and newborns

Hastings Distinguished Professor and Chairman

Surgeon-in-Chief, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital

H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair for Cardiovascular Thoracic Research

Executive Director, Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute

Director, The Heart Institute, Children's Hospital Los Angeles


  • adult and pediatric heart
  • adult and pediatric heart and lung
  • cardiothoracic surgery
  • cardiovascular surgery
  • congenital heart defects
  • heart surgery in children and newborns

Additional Information

  • Recipient, Presidential Medallion, USC, 2008
  • President, Western Thoracic Surgical Association, 2003
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Listed in latest edition of The Best Doctors in America: Pacific Region
  • Chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
  • Director, Cardiopulmonary Transplantation, University Hospital
  • Director, Heart Institute, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

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