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Welcome to USC Cardiothoracic Surgery

USC Cardiothoracic Surgery has been a leader in the treatment of cardiothoracic diseases for more than 10 years. Under the leadership of Vaughn A. Starnes, M.D., USC surgeons have performed more than 15,000 open heart surgeries for valve repair and replacements and coronary artery bypasses, and more than 10,000 surgeries for diseases of the lungs, esophagus and chest wall.

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Announcements & Events
  • The Center for Advanced Heart Failure at the Keck Medical Center of USC draws on innovative technology, leading-edge medical and surgical interventions and decades of experience to provide patients with individualized assessment and care in the evaluation and treatment of advanced heart failure. More...
  • An Artificial Heart Offers a Real Chance
    Los Angeles Times, November 9, 2011
    After years of declining health, Tammy Lumpkins becomes the first West Coast patient to be released from the hospital after receiving an artificial heart. The device will buy her some time until she can get a transplant.

Our surgeons, along with their extensive clinical, research, and administrative staff, offer comprehensive state of the art therapy for all surgical diseases of the chest including:

USC surgeons also offer comprehensive state of the art therapy for all surgical diseases of the chest including:

In addition, USC surgeons offer a complete spectrum of care for pediatric cardiac and thoracic disease including Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Thoracic Diseases, End Stage Cardiac Disease, Heart Transplantation, End-Stage Pulmonary Disease and Lung Transplantation.

USC cardiothoracic surgeons have engaged in a new era of cardiothoracic surgery that promises to significantly improve treatment of the most common forms of heart and lung diseases by introducing minimally invasive technology to cardiothoracic surgery. With the development of the minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgical technology, which includes robotic surgery, USC surgeons can achieve results that are safe, precise and reproducible; but with significant benefits to the patient in terms of decreased postoperative pain, recovery time, cost and cosmetic result.

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This website was developed as a service provided by the USC Cardiothoracic Surgery. This website provides selected information available about cardiothoracic surgery which may become out of date over time. It is important that consumers see a healthcare professional for detailed information about medical conditions and treatment. This information is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional, or a recommendation for any particular treatment plan. USC Cardiothoracic Surgery has made and will continue to make efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information on this website.

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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street
Healthcare Consultation Center II
Suite 4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone: (323) 442-5849
Fax: (323) 442-5956
E-mail: ctinfo@surgery.usc.edu

For emergency referral please call our office, anytime, at (323) 442-5849.
Doctors are available 24 hours a day at several hospital locations.

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