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An Artificial Heart Offers a Real Chance
By Anna Gorman, 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. Read online article here

Starnes Named Chair of Expanded Department of Surgery
By Cheryl Bruyninckx
USC News, December 12, 2008
Vaughn Starnes will oversee the expanded department, consisting of the departments of Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Colorectal Surgery. More...

USC Medallion Goes to Starnes, Waterman
USC News, April 16, 2008
The acclaimed surgeon and 'father of computational biology' are given the university's highest distinction at the Academic Honors Convocation. More...

USC Heart Transplant Program boasts best survival rates in U.S.
By Katie Neith
HSC Weekly, August 10, 2007
The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at USC is at the top of its game, according to a recent report that listed its Heart Transplant Program at USC University Hospital as having a statistically higher survival rate than the national average. More...

USC Doctor Honored for Work with Latinos
Dr. Ismael Nuño gets award for his efforts to curb heart disease in the community.
by Katie Hill
Daily Trojan, April 26, 2007

A USC doctor known for his work in the local community received the Louis B. Russell Jr. Memorial Award from the American Heart Association in honor of his efforts to decrease cardiovascular disease in the Los Angeles Latino population. Ismael Nuño, assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at USC Keck School of Medicine, took home the prestigious national honor this past weekend in Washington. More...

Governor Touts Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute
By Jon Weiner
HSC Weekly, April 20, 2007
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger marked the 10-year anniversary of his heart surgery at USCs Health Science Campus by visiting on April 16 and saluting the new Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute (CVTI). The new Institute at the Keck School of Medicine is waging war against the leading cause of death among American men and women-heart disease. It was created under the leadership of Vaughn Starnes, chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Keck School. More...

Keck School unveils new Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute
HSC Weekly
August 25, 2006
A new institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is waging war against the leading cause of death among American men and women-heart disease. Formally announced at the Aug. 24 meeting of the Keck Board of Overseers, the new USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute is being organized under the leadership of executive director Vaughn Starnes, chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. The institute will include clinical faculty-cardiologists, vascular surgeons and others-as well as scientific faculty.
More at: http://uscnews.usc.edu/hscweekly/detail.php?recordnum=12688

American Heart Association Honors Keck School Surgeon Vaughn Starnes
March 4, 2005
The American Heart Association honored USC cardiothoracic surgeon Vaughn Starnes on Feb. 12 at its 28th Annual Los Angeles Heart Ball at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Starnes is Hastings Professor of Surgery and chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine. More...

Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS)
Many people who suffer with emphysema have portions of the lung which are more affected than others. This finding led to the development of a surgical approach to treat emphysema. Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is a procedure which removes approximately 20-35% of the poorly functioning, space occupying lung tissue from each lung. More info...

Cleveland Clinic Study Shows Coronary Bypass Surgery is More Beneficial Than Angioplasty in High-Risk Patients
April 29, 2004
In a study performed at the Cleveland Clinic, researchers found better survival rates in high-risk patients who underwent bypass surgery than in patients who underwent angioplasty. High risk factors included coronary artery disease in multiple vessels coupled with diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart failure. More...

Caldwell County Schools Honors Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes
June 2003
A Granite Falls native, Dr. Vaughn Starnes attended Dudley Shoals Elementary School and graduated from Granite Falls High School in 1969.  At UNC Chapel Hill Starnes received a BS in Chemistry in 1973 and graduated from the UNC School of Medicine in 1977. More...

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