Patient Care

  • Sandra Starnes, MD
  • Associate Professor of Surgery and Director, Division of Thoracic Surgery
  • Academic Office:
    Medical Sciences Building
    Room 2472
    231 Albert Sabin Way
    Cincinnati, OH 45267
  • Phone: 513-584-1387
  • Email: sandra.starnes@uc.edu

    Research/Clinical Interests:

  • General Thoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer

    Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor's Degree: University of Illinois, 1991
  • Medical Degree: University of Illinois, 1995
  • Fellowship: University of Washington, 2000
  • Residency: St. Joseph Mercy Medical Center, 2002
  • Residency: Indiana University, 2005

Board Certifications & Licenses:

  • Board Certified Diplomate, American Board of Surgery, 2003
  • Board Certified Diplomate, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2006

Peer Reviewed Publications (in chronological order):

  • Chu, D., Vaporciyan, A. A., Iannettoni, M. D., Ikonomidis, J. S., Odell, D. D., Shemin, R. J., Starnes, S. L., Stein, W., & Badhwar, V. (2016). Are There Gaps in Current Thoracic Surgery Residency Training Programs? . The Annals of Thoracic Surgery , 101 (6) , 2350-5.
  • Benight, N. M., Wagh, P. K., Zinser, G. M., Peace, B. E., Stuart, W. D., Vasiliauskas, J., Pathrose, P., Starnes, S. L., & Waltz, S. E. (2015). HGFL supports mammary tumorigenesis by enhancing tumor cell intrinsic survival and influencing macrophage and T-cell responses. . Oncotarget.
  • Sutton, J. M., Nussbaum, M. S., Vu, D., Diwan, T. S., Starnes, S. L., & Shah, S. A. (2015). Splenopneumopexy: decompression of portal hypertension in the setting of portal venous occlusive disease. . Digestive Diseases and Sciences , 60 (4) , 1101-5.
  • Fernando, H. C., Landreneau, R. J., Mandrekar, S. J., Nichols, F. C., DiPetrillo, T. A., Meyers, B. F., Heron, D. E., Hillman, S. L., Jones, D. R., Starnes, S. L., Tan, A. D., Daly, B. D. T., & Putnam, J. 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.
  • Fernando, H. C., Landreneau, R. J., Mandrekar, S. J., Nichols, F. C., Hillman, S. L., Heron, D. E., Meyers, B. F., DiPetrillo, T. A., Jones, D. R., Starnes, S. L., Tan, A. D., Daly, B. D. T., & Putnam, J. 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, A. H., Tackett, J. J., Argenziano, M., Calhoon, J. H., Gasparri, M. G., Halkos, M. E., Hicks, G. L., Iannettoni, M. D., Ikonomidis, J. S., McCarthy, P. M., Starnes, S. L., Tong, B. C., & Yuh, D. 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, J., Nashu, M. A., Pathrose, P., Starnes, S. L., & Waltz, S. E. (2014). Hepatocyte growth factor-like protein is required for prostate tumor growth in the TRAMP mouse model. . Oncotarget , 5 (14) , 5547-58.
  • Engelhardt, K. E., Starnes, S. L., Hanseman, D. J., & Guitron, J. (2014). Epidural versus subpleural analgesia for pulmonary resections: a comparison of morbidities. . The American Surgeon , 80 (2) , 109-16.
  • Samson, P., Guitron, J., Reed, M. F., Hanseman, D. J., & Starnes, S. 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.
  • Kesler, K. A., Pillai, S. T., Birdas, T. J., Rieger, K. M., Okereke, I. C., Ceppa, D., Socas, J., & Starnes, S. L. (2013). "Supercharged" isoperistaltic colon interposition for long-segment esophageal reconstruction. . The Annals of Thoracic Surgery , 95 (4) , 1162-8; discussion 1.
  • 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.
  • Rodriguez, K. A., Guitron, J., Hanseman, D. J., Williams, V., & Starnes, S. L. (2012). Adjuvant chemotherapy and age-related biases in non-small cell lung cancer. . The Annals of Thoracic Surgery , 94 (6) , 1810-4.
  • Starnes, S. L., Pathrose, P., Wang, J., Succop, P., Morris, J. C., Bridges, J., Kupert, E. Y., & Anderson, M. (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, H. C., Landreneau, R. J., Mandrekar, S. J., Hillman, S. L., Nichols, F. C., Meyers, B., DiPetrillo, T. A., Heron, D. E., Jones, D. R., Daly, B. D. T., Starnes, S. L., Tan, A., & Putnam, J. 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, H. C., Landreneau, R. J., Mandrekar, S. J., Hillman, S. L., Nichols, F. C., Meyers, B., DiPetrillo, T. A., Heron, D., Jones, D. R., Daly, B. D. T., Starnes, S. L., Hatter, J. E., & Putnam, J. 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, S. L., Reed, M. F., Meyer, C. A., Shipley, R. T., Jazieh, A., Pina, E. M., Redmond, K., Huffman, L. C., Pandalai, P. K., & Howington, J. 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.
  • Lewis, J. D., Starnes, S. L., Pandalai, P. K., Huffman, L. C., Bulcao, C. F., Pritts, T. A., & Reed, M. F. (2009). (In Press). Traumatic diaphragmatic injury: experience from a level I trauma center. . Surgery , 146 (4) , 578-83; discussion 5.
  • Borchers, M. T., Wesselkamper, S. C., Curull, V., Ramirez-Sarmiento, A., Sánchez-Font, A., Garcia-Aymerich, J., Coronell, C., Lloreta, J., Agusti, A. G., Gea, J., Howington, J. A., Reed, M. F., Starnes, S. L., Harris, N. L., Vitucci, M., Eppert, B. L., Motz, G. T., Fogel, K., McGraw, D. W., Tichelaar, J. W., & Orozco-Levi, M. (2009). (In Press). 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.
  • Reed, M. F., Lucia, M. W., Starnes, S. L., Merrill, W. H., & Howington, J. A. (2008). (In Press). 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). (In Press). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Research Grants:

  • U10-CA-76001 National Cancer Institute. ACOSOG, PI, Closed.
  • Services Agreement \ NCI Code OH070 National Cancer Institute. American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), PI, Active.
  • MTA Integrated Diagnostics, Inc.. Identification of a Plasma Proteomic Signature for Lung Cancer, PI, Active.

Recent Awards/Honors:

  • Lake Forest Hospital Medical Scholarship, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1991,1994
  • Clarence E Cook Research Award, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital , 1998,2001
  • Annual Resident Research Competition, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital , 1999
  • Annual Resident Research Competition, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital , 2000
  • Annual Resident Research Competition, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital , 2001
  • Alexander J Walt Award, American College of Surgeons, Michigan Chapter , 2001
  • Campbell Teaching Award, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital , 2002
  • Cincinnati Top Doctors, Cincinnati Magazine , 2008
  • Cincinnati Top Doctors, Cincinnati Magazine , 2009
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati , 2009