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Sandra Starnes, MD

Professor of Surgery and Chief, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Education/Credentials
  • Bachelor's Degree: University of Illinois
  • Medical Degree: University of Illinois
  • Residency: St. Joseph Mercy Medical Center
  • Fellowship: University of Washington
  • Residency: Indiana University

Research/Clinical Interests

Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery

Board Certifications & Licenses
  • American Board of Surgery 04/02/2003
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery 06/02/2006
Contact Information
  • Medical Sciences Building
  • Room 2472
  • 231 Albert Sabin Way
  • Cincinnati, Ohio 45267
  • Office 513-584-1387
  • Email sandra.starnes@uc.edu

Peer Reviewed Publications

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Starnes, Sandra L 2018. General thoracic surgical training: The future is bright, but there will be bumps ahead. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, ,

Starnes, Sandra L; Wolujewicz, Michael; Guitron, Julian; Williams, Valerie; Scheler, Jennifer; Ristagno, Ross 2018. Radiotracer localization of nonpalpable pulmonary nodules: A single-center experience. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, ,

Starnes, Sandra L 2017. The American Association for Thoracic Surgery 2016 ethics forum: Preoperative disclosure: In all honesty, my results…. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 153 5, 1209-1211

Chu, Danny; Vaporciyan, Ara A; Iannettoni, Mark D; Ikonomidis, John S; Odell, David D; Shemin, Richard J; Starnes, Sandra L; Stein, William; Badhwar, Vinay 2016. Are There Gaps in Current Thoracic Surgery Residency Training Programs? The Annals of thoracic surgery, 101 6, 2350-5

Benight, Nancy M; Wagh, Purnima K; Zinser, Glendon M; Peace, Belinda E; Stuart, William D; Vasiliauskas, Juozas; Pathrose, Peterson; Starnes, Sandra L; Waltz, Susan E 2015. HGFL supports mammary tumorigenesis by enhancing tumor cell intrinsic survival and influencing macrophage and T-cell responses. Oncotarget, ,

Fernando, Hiran C; Landreneau, Rodney J; Mandrekar, Sumithra J; Nichols, Francis C; DiPetrillo, Thomas A; Meyers, Bryan F; Heron, Dwight E; Hillman, Shauna L; Jones, David R; Starnes, Sandra L; Tan, Angelina D; Daly, Benedict D T; Putnam, Joe B 2015. Analysis of longitudinal quality-of-life data in high-risk operable patients with lung cancer: results from the ACOSOG Z4032 (Alliance) multicenter randomized trial. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 149 3, 718-25; discussion 7

Sutton, Jeffrey M; Nussbaum, Michael S; Vu, Doan; Diwan, Tayyab S; Starnes, Sandra L; Shah, Shimul A 2015. Splenopneumopexy: decompression of portal hypertension in the setting of portal venous occlusive disease. Digestive diseases and sciences, 60 4, 1101-5

Engelhardt, Kathryn E; Starnes, Sandra L; Hanseman, Dennis J; Guitron, Julian 2014. Epidural versus subpleural analgesia for pulmonary resections: a comparison of morbidities. The American surgeon, 80 2, 109-16

Fernando, Hiran C; Landreneau, Rodney J; Mandrekar, Sumithra J; Nichols, Francis C; Hillman, Shauna L; Heron, Dwight E; Meyers, Bryan F; DiPetrillo, Thomas A; Jones, David R; Starnes, Sandra L; Tan, Angelina D; Daly, Benedict D T; Putnam, Joe B 2014. Impact of brachytherapy on local recurrence rates after sublobar resection: results from ACOSOG Z4032 (Alliance), a phase III randomized trial for high-risk operable non-small-cell lung cancer. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 32 23, 2456-62

Lebastchi, Amir H; Tackett, John J; Argenziano, Michael; Calhoon, John H; Gasparri, Mario G; Halkos, Michael E; Hicks, George L; Iannettoni, Mark D; Ikonomidis, John S; McCarthy, Patrick M; Starnes, Sandra L; Tong, Betty C; Yuh, David D 2014. First nationwide survey of US integrated 6-year cardiothoracic surgical residency program directors. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 148 2, 408-15.e1

Vasiliauskas, Juozas; Nashu, Madison A; Pathrose, Peterson; Starnes, Sandra L; Waltz, Susan E 2014. Hepatocyte growth factor-like protein is required for prostate tumor growth in the TRAMP mouse model. Oncotarget, 5 14, 5547-58

Alsidawi, S; Morris, J C; Wikenheiser-Brokamp, K A; Starnes, S L; Karim, N A 2013. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lung: a case report and literature review. Case reports in oncological medicine, 2013 , 625243

Kesler, Kenneth A; Pillai, Saila T; Birdas, Thomas J; Rieger, Karen M; Okereke, Ikenna C; Ceppa, DuyKhanh; Socas, Juan; Starnes, Sandra L 2013. "Supercharged" isoperistaltic colon interposition for long-segment esophageal reconstruction. The Annals of thoracic surgery, 95 4, 1162-8; discussion 1

Samson, Pamela; Guitron, Julian; Reed, Michael F; Hanseman, Dennis J; Starnes, Sandra L 2013. Predictors of conversion to thoracotomy for video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy: a retrospective analysis and the influence of computed tomography-based calcification assessment. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 145 6, 1512-8

Rodriguez, Kelcie A; Guitron, Julian; Hanseman, Dennis J; Williams, Valerie; Starnes, Sandra L 2012. Adjuvant chemotherapy and age-related biases in non-small cell lung cancer. The Annals of thoracic surgery, 94 6, 1810-4

Starnes, Sandra L; Pathrose, Peterson; Wang, Jiang; Succop, Paul; Morris, John C; Bridges, James; Kupert, Elena Y; Anderson, Marshall 2012. Clinical and molecular predictors of recurrence in stage I non-small cell lung cancer. The Annals of thoracic surgery, 93 5, 1606-12

Fernando, Hiran C; Landreneau, Rodney J; Mandrekar, Sumithra J; Hillman, Shauna L; Nichols, Francis C; Meyers, Bryan; DiPetrillo, Thomas A; Heron, Dwight E; Jones, David R; Daly, Benedict D T; Starnes, Sandra L; Tan, Angelina; Putnam, Joe B 2011. Thirty- and ninety-day outcomes after sublobar resection with and without brachytherapy for non-small cell lung cancer: results from a multicenter phase III study. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 142 5, 1143-51

Fernando, Hiran C; Landreneau, Rodney J; Mandrekar, Sumithra J; Hillman, Shauna L; Nichols, Francis C; Meyers, Bryan; DiPetrillo, Thomas A; Heron, Dwight; Jones, David R; Daly, Benedict D T; Starnes, Sandra L; Hatter, Jeffrey E; Putnam, Joe B 2011. The impact of adjuvant brachytherapy with sublobar resection on pulmonary function and dyspnea in high-risk patients with operable disease: preliminary results from the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z4032 trial. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 142 3, 554-62

Starnes, Sandra L; Reed, Michael F; Meyer, Cris A; Shipley, Ralph T; Jazieh, Abdul-Rahman; Pina, Elsira M; Redmond, Kevin; Huffman, Lynn C; Pandalai, Prakash K; Howington, John A 2011. Can lung cancer screening by computed tomography be effective in areas with endemic histoplasmosis? The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 141 3, 688-93

Borchers, Michael T; Wesselkamper, Scott C; Curull, Victor; Ramirez-Sarmiento, Alba; Sánchez-Font, Albert; Garcia-Aymerich, Judith; Coronell, Carlos; Lloreta, Josep; Agusti, Alvar G; Gea, Joaquim; Howington, John A; Reed, Michael F; Starnes, Sandra L; Harris, Nathaniel L; Vitucci, Mark; Eppert, Bryan L; Motz, Gregory T; Fogel, Kevin; McGraw, Dennis W; Tichelaar, Jay W; Orozco-Levi, Mauricio 2009. Sustained CTL activation by murine pulmonary epithelial cells promotes the development of COPD-like disease. The Journal of clinical investigation, 119 3, 636-49

Huber N, Giglia J, Starnes S, Tsuei B 2009. Concomitant blunt aortic and thoracic duct injury. Injury Extra , 40 , 81

Lewis, Jaime D; Starnes, Sandra L; Pandalai, Prakash K; Huffman, Lynn C; Bulcao, Christian F; Pritts, Timothy A; Reed, Michael F 2009. Traumatic diaphragmatic injury: experience from a level I trauma center. Surgery, 146 4, 578-83; discussion 5

Reed, Michael F; Lucia, Mark W; Starnes, Sandra L; Merrill, Walter H; Howington, John A 2008. Thoracoscopic lobectomy: introduction of a new technique into a thoracic surgery training program. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 136 2, 376-81

Huffmanm, L C; Pandalai, P K; Boulton, B J; James, L; Starnes, S L; Reed, M F; Howington, J A; Nussbaum, M S 2007. Robotic Heller myotomy: a safe operation with higher postoperative quality-of-life indices. Surgery, 142 4, 613-8; discussion 61

Vagal A, Starnes S, Bakkar R, Meyer C 2006. Semi-invasive aspergillosis with chest wall and spinal involvement: A case report and discussion. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, 14 , 369

Starnes S, Duncan B, Fraga C, Desai S, Jones T, Mathur S, Rosenthal G, Lupinetti F 2002. Rat model of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations after right superior cavopulmonary anastomosis. American Journal of Physiology, 283 , H2151

Starnes, Duncan B, Kneebone J, Patterson K, Fraga C, Killiam K, Mathur S, Lupinetti F 2001. Angiogenic proteins in the lungs of children after cavopulmonary anastomosis. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery , 122 , 518

Starnes, Duncan B, Kneebone J, Fraga C, States S, Rosenthal G, Lupinetti F 2000. Pulmonary microvessel density is a marker of angiogenesis in children after cavopulmonary anastomosis. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery , 120 , 902

Starnes, Duncan B, Kneebone J, Rosenthal G, Jones T, Grifka R, Cecchin F, Owens D, Fearneyhough C, Lupinetti F 2000. Vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor in children with cyanotic congenital heart disease Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery , 119 , 534

2. Starnes S, Wolk S, Lampman R, Shanley C, Prager R, Kong B, Fowler J, Page J, Babcock S, Lange L, Erlandson E, Whitehouse W 1999. Noninvasive evaluation of hand circulation before radial artery harvest for coronary artery bypass grafting. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery , 117 , 261

3. Duncan B, Kneebone J, Chi E, Hraska V, Isik F, Rosenthal G, Jones T, Starnes S, Lupinetti F 1999. A detailed histologic analysis of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations in children with cyanotic congenital heart disease. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery , 117 , 931

Starnes S, Klein P, Magagna L, Pomerantz R 1998. CT grading is useful in selecting patients for nonoperative management of blunt splenic injury. American Surgeon, 64 , 743