Paul M. McFadden

Visiting Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery

Areas of treatment:

Lung Transplantation
Lung Cancer
Tumors of Mediastinum and Chest Wall
Thoracoscopic Surgery
Endoscopic Bronchial Surgery
Surgical Treatment of Mesothelioma
Palomar Hyperhidrosis


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Thoracic Surgery


  • Department of Surgery


  • English
best doctor

Paul M. McFadden, MD

Visiting Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
  • USC Healthcare Center 2
  • USC Healthcare Center 4
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Paul Michael McFadden, M.D. is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Keck School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree and received his general surgery training at Tulane University. He completed his thoracic surgery training at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans in 1981 and joined the Palo Alto Medical Clinic where he became head of Cardiothoracic Surgery and practiced at Stanford University Hospital.
Dr. McFadden returned to the Ochsner Clinic in 1991, where he was appointed Program Director for Thoracic Surgical and Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation in the section of cardiothoracic surgery. He held an appointment as Clinical Professor of Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine from 1991 to 2006. Dr. McFadden joined the USC faculty in 2006.


B.S., Biology, Louisiana State University, 1964 - 1968
Dental School, Louisiana State University, 1968 - 1970
Doctor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1970 - 1974


Tulane University Division, Charity Hospital of Louisiana, 1974 - 1975


Tulane University Division, Charity Hospital of Louisiana, General Surgery, 1975 - 1979
Tulane University Division, Charity Hospital of Louisiana, General Surgery (Chief Resident), 1978 - 1979


Ochsner Foundation Hospital, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 1979 - 1981


American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Professional society memberships:

Alton Ochsner Surgical Society
Tulane Surgical Society
Tulane University Medical Alumni Association
Western Thoracic Surgical Association
Pacific Coast Surgical Association
Norman E. Shumway Surgical Society
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
Southern Surgical Association
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
American Association for Vascular Surgery
American College of Cardiology (Fellow)
American College of Chest Physicians (Fellow)
American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
American Heart Association, Council on CV Surgery
American Medical Association
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
General Thoracic Surgery Club
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Society of Vascular Surgeons
Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education


Alpha Omega Alpha, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1974
John Herr Musser Memorial Prize in Medicine, Tulane Medical School, 1974
Harold Cummins Outstanding Senior Student Award, Tulane Medical School, 1974
J. Hauser Pathology Award, Tulane Medical School, 1974
Vice-President, Medical Student Body, Tulane University, 1974
Upjohn Achievement Award, Outstanding Intern, Charity Hospital of Louisiana, Tulane, University Division, 1974 - 1975
Owl Club Honor Roll, Tulane Medical School, 1979
Cardiovascular Award, Touro Infirmary, 1979
Case Report Award, Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, 1981
Tiki Award, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, 1994
Hurst B. Hatch Memorial Award, Outstanding Teacher of the Year Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, 1994 - 1995
Who's Who in California, Who's Who Historical Society, 14th Edition, 1983
The Best Doctors in America, 1998
America's Top Surgeons, 2002 - 2006
Marquis Who's Who in the World, 18th Edition, 2001
Marquis Who's Who in America, 60th Edition, 2006; 61st Edition, 2007 - 2008
Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 8th Edition, 2005 - 2006; 9th Edition, 2006 - 2008
Marquis Who's Who in America, 110th Edition, 2009
Dr. McFadden was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in 2011.