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

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Patient Reviews

Patient comments (9)

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Vaughn Starnes is Excellent. Dr. Starnes has been reviewed by 32 patients who have provided 9 comments. The rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Patient Ratings
Ease of Appointment 4.6
Promptness 4.3
Courteous Staff 4.9
Accurate Diagnosis 5.0
Bedside Manner 4.9
Spends Time with Me 4.8
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 - 2015)
Patients' Choice Award (2008 - 2015)
Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree (2013 - 2015)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2009 - 2015)
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 35 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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