Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes MD Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. Vaughn Starnes is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Los Angeles, California. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Huntington Memorial Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of North Carolina School of Medicine and has been in practice for 37 years. He is one of 6 doctors at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and one of 13 at Huntington Memorial Hospital who specialize in Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery.

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Specialty & Clinical Interests

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon: Pediatric Cardiac

Education & Medical Training

Stanford University
Residency, Thoracic Surgery, 1984 - 1987

Vanderbilt University
Residency, General Surgery, 1977 - 1979

Vanderbilt University
Residency, General Surgery, 1980 - 1984

University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Class of 1977

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Surgery
Certified in Surgery

American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Certified in Congenital Cardiac Surgery

American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Certified in Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

CA State Medical License
Active through 2013

Publications & Presentations

Heart repair and regeneration: Recent insights from zebrafish studies.
Lien, C. L., Harrison, M. R., Tuan, T. L., Starnes, V. A.

A novel reconstruction of the left superior vena cava.
Kane, L.C., Wells, W.J., Starnes, V.A.

Breast Implants and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery: A Case Series.
Baker, R.Y., Nguyen, T.J., Hernandez, A.M., Wong, A.K., Baker, C.J., Starnes, V.A.

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Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS California CaliforniaCare HMO
  • BCBS California PowerSelect HMO
  • BCBS California PPO
  • BCBS Tennessee Network 5
  • Blue Shield CA Local Access Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield California HMO
  • Blue Shield California PPO
  • CareFirst BluePreferred PPO
  • CIGNA HMO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • CIGNA PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Health Net California Large Group PPO
  • Health Net HMO - Employer Group
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO - Kaiser
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Pacificare HMO
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