Marina Del Rey, CA

Cardiothoracic Surgeon & Varicose Vein Specialist

About Dr. McPherson

James G. McPherson, III, MD, MPH, FACS

Dr. James McPherson is 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 aortic aneurysmal disease, lower extremity peripheral arterial disease 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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Los Angeles Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group

James G. McPherson, III, MD, MPH, FACS

Dr. James McPherson is 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 aortic aneurysmal disease, lower extremity peripheral arterial disease 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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Los Angeles Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group

Early diagnosis of heart, lung, and vascular disease often allows for non-surgical treatment. When surgery is necessary, the group provides patients with innovative, state-of-the-art treatment options and progressive choices in cardiovascular and thoracic surgical procedures. We strive to provide all of our patients with surgical and non-surgical solutions, as well as paths to active living by means of early diagnosis treatment, and continued health maintenance.

Mission Statement

We are committed to providing our patients with early diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment options for heart, lung and vascular health. 

Our medical philosophy is focused on a holistic approach to patient care. Our group provides each patient with educational information that promotes prevention and wellness pre-and-post surgical care. We have a proven clinical track record with patient outcomes, reducing the length of hospital time for recovery and allowing patients to resume active living more quickly.

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  • Vitals

    He took the time to explain the procedure to my family and me. I was very clear as what to expect for the surgery.He is very patient when answering questions.

    Monica P.
  • Vitals

    Dr. McPherson is phenomenal- I had two separate varicose vein procedures and both couldn't have gone any better. I can't recommend him enough.

    Verified Patient
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Los Angeles Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group
4644 Lincoln Boulevard
Suite 500
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292