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Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Surgical Specialist
34 years of experience
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Accepting new patients
License & Identifications

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Patient Reviews

Patient comments (15)

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Vaughn Starnes is Excellent. Dr. Starnes has been reviewed by 34 patients who have provided 15 comments. The rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Patient Ratings
Ease of Appointment 4.7
Promptness 4.5
Courteous Staff 4.9
Accurate Diagnosis 5.0
Bedside Manner 4.9
Spends Time with Me 4.9
Follows Up After Visit 5.0

Specialties & Research

Dr. Vaughn Starnes, MD is board certified in Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery).

  • He has special expertise in 31 areas:
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB)
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease (Patent Ductus Arteriosus)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass (Heart Bypass)
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Disease
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections
  • Ebstein Anomaly
  • Glandular Cancer (Adenocarcinoma)
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart-Lung Transplantation
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency
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Education & Awards

Dr. Starnes graduated from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has 17 awards.

One of America's Leading Experts on:
Cardiac Surgical Procedures
Congenital Heart Defects
Heart Transplantation
Heart-Lung Transplantation
Lung Transplantation
USC Presidential Medallion, 2008
2011 list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd
Dr. Starnes was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in 2011
America's Top Doctors - New York: Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2004
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors® (2002 - 2008, 2010 - 2015)
Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2012 - 2014)
Patients' Choice Award (2008 - 2014)
Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree (2013 - 2014)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2009 - 2014)
Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area (2014)
Los Angeles Metro Area
Thoracic Surgeon
Top 10 Doctor - State (2014)
Thoracic Surgeon
On-Time Doctor Award (2009)


Dr. Starnes has 32 hospital affiliations:

  • East Valley Hospital Medical Center 
  • Foothill Presbyterian Hospital 


  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • English

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Additional Information
Dr. Vaughn A Starnes MD is a male Cardiothoracic Surgeon, has 34 years of experience and practices in Thoracic Surgery and Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery.
Where does Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes practice?
Dr. Vaughn Starnes has 1 office location.
Dr. Vaughn Starnes practices Thoracic Surgery and Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery near Los Angeles, CA.
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