Dr. James G. McPherson, MD

Dr. James G. McPherson, MD

Thoracic Surgery | Male | 53 years old

Dr. James G. McPherson is a cardiovascular surgeon at Cardiovascular & Thoeracic Surgeons of Ventura County, located in Oxnard, CA. He is also a medical director of the Los Angeles Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group. Dr. McPherson is board certified in thoracic surgery and performs all aspects of adult cardiac, general thoracic and peripheral vascular surgery. Dr. McPherson received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Southern California. (USC). He then attended Tulane University where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree as well as a Masters in Public Health. He then completed his general surgery training at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. There, he continued his interest in cardiovascular surgery while working with Dr. George Green, a pioneer in the use of the internal mammary artery as a conduit for coronary artery bypass surgery. As Chief Resident, McPherson was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. McPherson returned to USC for his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship where he studied under renowned surgeon Dr. Vaughn Starnes. In addition, Dr. McPherson studied esophageal and pulmonary surgery with Dr. Tom DeMeester, an international leader in this field. After serving four years on the USC faculty, Dr. McPherson founded the Los Angeles Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group. The practice focuses on minimally invasive heart valve surgery, early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Dr. McPherson is one of the only surgeons in Los Angeles performing thoracic surgical procedures utilizing the da Vinci surgical robot. He has also trained extensively in endovascular therapy for the aortic aneurysmal disease, lower extremity peripheral arterialdisease and chronic venous insufficiency. He is a firm believer that minimally invasive approaches decrease both postoperative pain and the hospital length of stay. Dr. McPherson has demonstrated medical staff leadership as chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance from 2010-2013. Under his leadership, the 442-bed hospital has been awarded the Trueven Health Analytics (formerly Thompson Reuters) Top 100 Hospital Award for the second consecutive year. Dr. McPherson has provided vital leadership in achieving quality outcomes and blood conservation. He was recently appointed chairman of the general surgery section at St. Vincent Medical Center. He has also served as chairman of surgery at Centinela Hospital Medical Center and Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at St. Vincent Medical Center. Dr. McPherson's charitable work includes serving on the boards of the Los Angeles American Heart Association, Barlow Respiratory Hospital and Challengers Boys and Girls Club. He is fluent in Spanish and has made numerous television and radio appearances educating the public on heart, lung and vascular disease. In his free time, he enjoys travel and is an avid fan of tennis.Read more

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Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Phlebology
  • Vascular Surgery

Board Certifications

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  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atherosclerosis of Aorta
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Chronic Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heroin Overdose
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease of Extremities
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Thrombosis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Compression
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Insufficiency

Procedures Performed

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arteriovenous Shunt Creation
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Dialysis Access Procedures
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Embolectomy, Thrombectomy, or Vessel Exploration
  • Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
  • Endovascular Procedure
  • Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hyperhidrosis and Minimally Invasive Sympathectomy
  • Impella Device
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Revision of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
  • Robotic Surgery, Thoracic
  • Sympathectomy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Varicose Vein Procedure
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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Education

  • Medical School
    Tulane University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1989

  • Internship Hospital
    St Luke'S Roosevelt Hospital

    Completed in 1990

  • Residency Hospital
    St Lukes Roosevelt Hospital

    Completed in 1994

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Usc Lac Med Center

    Completed in 1997

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Southern California

    Graduated in 1985

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
  • Board certified in Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. James G. McPherson is a cardiovascular surgeon at Cardiovascular & Thoeracic Surgeons of Ventura County, located in Oxnard, CA. He is also a medical director of the Los Angeles Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group. Dr. McPherson is board certified in thoracic surgery and performs all aspects of adult cardiac, general thoracic and peripheral vascular surgery. Dr. McPherson received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Southern California. (USC). He then attended Tulane University where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree as well as a Masters in Public Health. 

He then completed his general surgery training at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. There, he continued his interest in cardiovascular surgery while working with Dr. George Green, a pioneer in the use of the internal mammary artery as a conduit for coronary artery bypass surgery. As Chief Resident, McPherson was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. McPherson returned to USC for his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship where he studied under renowned surgeon Dr. Vaughn Starnes. In addition, Dr. McPherson studied esophageal and pulmonary surgery with Dr. Tom DeMeester, an international leader in this field.

After serving four years on the USC faculty, Dr. McPherson founded the Los Angeles Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group.   The practice focuses on minimally invasive heart valve surgery, early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Dr. McPherson is one of the only surgeons in Los Angeles performing thoracic surgical procedures utilizing the da Vinci surgical robot. He has also trained extensively in endovascular therapy for the aortic aneurysmal disease, lower extremity peripheral arterialdisease and chronic venous insufficiency. He is a firm believer that minimally invasive approaches decrease both postoperative pain and the hospital length of stay.

Dr. McPherson has demonstrated medical staff leadership as chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance from 2010-2013. Under his leadership, the 442-bed hospital has been awarded the Trueven Health Analytics (formerly Thompson Reuters) Top 100 Hospital Award for the second consecutive year. Dr. McPherson has provided vital leadership in achieving quality outcomes and blood conservation. He was recently appointed chairman of the general surgery section at St. Vincent Medical Center. He has also served as chairman of surgery at Centinela Hospital Medical Center and Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Dr. McPherson's charitable work includes serving on the boards of the Los Angeles American Heart Association, Barlow Respiratory Hospital and Challengers Boys and Girls Club. He is fluent in Spanish and has made numerous television and radio appearances educating the public on heart, lung and vascular disease. In his free time, he enjoys travel and is an avid fan of tennis.

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Dr. McPherson's Care Philosophy

My practice focuses on minimally invasive approaches to heart, lung, vein and vascular health. Our patients benefit from less pain, shorter stays in the hospital and a more rapid return to active living.