Hall of Honor Inductee, 2003
Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes
August 7, 1951 -

Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes 

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.  Dr. Starnes spent two years researching cardiovascular physiology at Vanderbilt University and received cardiac and transplantation training at Stanford.  In 1982, Dr. Starnes studied congenital heart and lung disease at Little Children's Hospital in London, returning to Stanford where he became Chair of the Heart and Lung Transplant Department.  Four years later, Dr. Starnes established his own cardiothoracic surgery program at the USC School of Medicine and Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.  Dr. Starnes made history when he performed a successful heart-lung  transplant on a four-month old boy and the first successful "living related" lung transplant.  He also pioneered double-lung transplant surgery for Cystic Fibrosis.  Named one of the Best Doctors in America, 1994-1997, Starnes is considered the foremost pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon in the world.


Robert A. Gibbons  •   Capt. James C. Harper  •   Dr. Donald W. Lackey  
Major George L. Shade  •   Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes  •   Capt. John G. Witherspoon