Benjamin W. Starnes M.D., F.A.C.S.

Benjamin W. Starnes M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specialties and Expertise

Vascular Surgery


Regional Vascular Center




Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Clinic at Harborview

410 9th Ave., 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 

General & Surgical Specialists Clinic - Valley Medical Center

4033 Talbot Rd S Ste. 530
Renton, WA 98055
Phone: 425.228.6076|Map It 


Dr. Starnes is a UW professor of surgery and chief of the Vascular Surgery Division. He was recruited to the University of Washington in 2007 after a 15-year career in the U.S. Army for which he had operative experience in three combat tours. He is considered an international expert in the management of aortic disease and vascular trauma. He practices primarily at Harborview Medical Center.

Patient Care Philosophy

Anyone who works with me will tell you that my standards are extremely high when it comes to performing surgery. When making a decision about patient care, start with the most feared complication and work backward. Keep patient care first among all considerations.

Personal Interests

Family, woodworking, mountaineering, golf, cycling and fitness.

I climb Mount Rainier every year with a special group of friends to raise money for an orphanage in Africa.

Clinical Interests

  • Ruptured aortic aneurysms
  • Blunt traumatic aortic injury
  • Aortic dissection
  • vascular trauma

Teaching Interests

Starnes is the program director for the vascular surgery fellowship.

Scope of Care

  • Vascular and endovascular surgery
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic dissection
  • Vascular trauma
  • Limb preservation 
  • Dialysis access

Research Interests

  • Multi-branch and fenestrated endografting for complex aortic disease
  • Vascular Trauma
  • Factors that influence outcomes for patients presenting with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm


Jefferson Medical CollegeMedical education1992
Uniformed Services University of the Health SciencesTeaching Appointment
Walter Reed Army Medical CenterFellowshipVascular Surgery
Walter Reed Army Medical CenterInternshipGeneral Surgery
Walter Reed Army Medical CenterResidencyGeneral Surgery


Board Certifications

American Board of SurgeryVascular Surgery2004
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