Benjamin W. Starnes, M.D. FACS
Alexander Whitehill Clowes, M.D. Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery
Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery
Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
Dr. Starnes is a Professor of Vascular Surgery, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery for UW Medicine. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in aortic pathology and vascular trauma, most notably the management of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms and acute aortic syndromes.
Dr. Starnes received his undergraduate degree at Albright College in Reading, PA, his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his surgical training at Walter Reed in Washington, D.C. Prior to accepting his position at UW Medicine, Dr. Starnes spent a total of 15 years in the United States Army serving three combat tours, one in Kosovo and two in Iraq.
Dr. Starnes’ current research activities focus on multi-branch and fenestrated endografting for complex aortic disease, vascular trauma and studying factors that influence outcomes for patients presenting with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. He currently serves as Principal Investigator on ten clinical trials and as Associate Investigator on an additional twenty-two clinical trials. Dr. Starnes’ extensive research involvement combined with his clinical and technical abilities provides him with opportunities to speak regularly at medical conferences around the globe. He has accepted fifteen national visiting professorships and lectured internationally in thirteen different countries including France, Belgium, Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil and China.
In addition to clinical and research activities, Dr. Starnes is highly involved in the academic community of vascular surgery. He has been author or co-author of over eighty peer-reviewed publications with a quarter as first author and written five book chapters. Dr. Starnes’ editorial review responsibilities with the leading vascular journals include The Journal of Vascular Surgery, Circulation, New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet. He is an active member of Western Vascular Society, Western Surgical Association and the Society for Vascular Surgery and current President of the Pacific Northwest Vascular Surgery Society. In addition, he served as an Associate Examiner of the American Board of Surgery Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination in 2012 and as an Examiner in 2014.
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