Chair’s Corner

Dr. Starnes is a pioneer in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. He has conducted more living donor lung transplants in adults and children than any other surgeon in the United States.

Chair's Corner
Vaughn A. Starnes, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery
Chief, division of cardiothoracic surgery
H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair for Cardiovascular Thoracic Research
Director, Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Director, USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute
Surgeon-in-chief, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital


Vaughn A. Starnes, MD, is chair of the Department of Surgery, surgeon-in-chief at Keck Medical Center of USC and the H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair for Cardiovascular Thoracic Research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
He is also founding executive director of USC’s Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Starnes is a recognized expert in heart and lung transplants — including heart surgery and congenital heart defect repair in children and newborns. He pioneered the living-related double-lobar lung transplant in 1993. Currently, he is investigating the use of gene therapy to prevent scarring following heart surgery. Starnes is also currently involved in a clinical trial for cardiothoracic surgery using robotic surgery technology.

About Vaughn A. Starnes, MD