Vaughn Starnes, MDIt is a lifelong dream to be given the opportunity to advance cardiovascular care at the University of Southern California to the highest attainable levels. In keeping with the continuing challenge posed by that dream and with support from USC leadership, I formed the CardioVascular Thoracic Institute (CVTI) in 2006 to bring together cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists and a host of associated health care specialists to form an integrated model of care that puts patients first.

This rich experience has allowed everyone involved to provide individualized care with the most advanced technologies and therapies. It has led to excellent outcomes and patient experiences, both of which continue to improve.

To our patients with cardiovascular disease and those who are at risk, we dedicate our energies to providing the best care attainable with modern medicine.

To our colleagues in the community of physicians, we pledge to partner with you to develop individualized treatment plans to facilitate continual communication and the exchange of ideas, all directed to providing the best care possible for your patients.

The USC CardioVascular Thoracic Institute has built a reputation for clinical excellence, conducting tomorrow’s research and employing highly advanced technology since its inception. Our multidisciplinary physician model allows CVTI specialists to leverage their broad and deep expertise toward making superior treatment decisions for each patient. Our expanding team now numbers in excess of 200 clinical specialists whose skills span the spectrum of cardiovascular medicine.

Patient care is shaped by everyone. Advancing technologies, coupled with dedicated operating rooms and imaging suites, have allowed us to adopt, adapt and complete a range of minimally invasive procedures that have led to improved outcomes for our patients. These procedures are supported by state-of-the-art screening tests, diagnostic imaging technologies and innovative noninvasive therapies.

We push boundaries. Advanced robotic procedures, minimally invasive and percutaneous heart valve replacement, endovascular aortic intervention and ablation therapies for complex arrhythmias are but a few examples of the treatments our specialists now provide.

Vaughn A. Starnes, MD
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Surgeon-in-chief, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital
H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair for Stem Cell and CardioVascular Thoracic Research
Executive Director, USC CardioVascular Thoracic Institute