Sandra Starnes, MD

Professor of Clinical

Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery; Dr. John B. Flege, Jr. Chair

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Sandra Starnes, MD

Sandra Starnes, MD, specializes in thoracic surgery and is chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her general surgery training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and her cardiothoracic residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She joined the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2005.

Dr. Starnes is a dedicated thoracic surgical oncologist who focuses on lung cancer, esophageal cancer and mediastinal tumors. She has expertise in the management of complex thoracic malignancies. She and her team have the most extensive experience with minimally-invasive approaches to thoracic surgery in the region, including thoracoscopic lobectomy and esophagectomy.  She also treats patients with benign lung and esophageal disease.  She performs surgical treatment of hyperhidrosis and COPD using minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Starnes has been recognized as one of Cincinnati’s Top Doctors every year since 2008. She has published on such topics as lung cancer screening with CT, minimally invasive (VATS) lobectomy and treatment of lung cancer in higher risk patients. Her research focuses on improving the treatment and prognosis of lung cancer using molecular studies of lung tumors.    

Dr. Starnes helped develop the Esophageal Disease Center at UC Health which launched in April 2011. This is a multi-disciplinary clinic in which patients are seen by physicians who specialize in esophageal cancer and benign diseases of the esophagus. Most patients with diseases of the esophagus need to see multiple physicians. The Esophageal Disease Center allows patients to see all of their doctors in one visit. This unique team approach improves patient care and convenience.




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Bachelor's Degree

University of Illinois


Medical Degree

University of Illinois



University of Washington



St. Joseph Mercy Medical Center



Indiana University


Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic Surgery


American Board of Surgery