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.
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.
Dr. McPherson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
Board certified in Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. McPherson's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
Aortic Valve Disease
Aortic Valve Regurgitation
Atherosclerosis of Aorta
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)
Head and Neck Cancer
Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)
Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
Mitral Valve Disease
Mitral Valve Regurgitation
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
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
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 Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Endovascular Repair of Aorta
Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
Head and Neck Surgery
Hyperhidrosis and Minimally Invasive Sympathectomy
Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
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
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
Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
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
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
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Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University of Southern California
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
Tulane University School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1989
St Luke'S Roosevelt Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
St Lukes Roosevelt Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
Usc Lac Med Center
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. McPherson has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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