Winfield J. Wells

Associate Profess of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery

Areas of treatment:

Congenital Heart Disease
Chest Wall Reconstruction in Children
Tracheal Disease in Infants and Children


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


  • Department of Surgery


  • English
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Winfield J. Wells, MD

Associate Profess of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

Dr. Winfield J. Wells is Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery and Associate Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Program. He earned his medical degree from USC, and completed his General and  Cardiovascular Surgical Training at Columbus Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He came to Los Angeles in 1977 where he practiced at Childrens Hospital and the Good Samaritan Hospital as part of the teaching faculty for the Good Samaritan based residency-training program. In 1992, Dr. Wells joined fellow Keck School of Medicine doctor Vaughn Starnes to form the full-time Academic Cardiothoracic Surgical service at USC. The author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Wells’ major areas of research interest include congenital heart disease, thoracic transplantation in children, and cryopreserved allograft tissues in congenital heart repair. He is also interested in complex tracheal reconstruction in infants and children. Dr. Wells spent six years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army reserves.


Pomona College, 1962 - 1966
Doctor of Medicine, University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1966 - 1970


Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (Surgery), New York, NY, 1970 - 1971


Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (Surgery), New York, NY, 1971 - 1974


Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery), New York, NY, 1974-76


American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Professional society memberships:

California Medical Association, 1977
Western Thoracic Surgical Association, 1985
California Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 1996
American Medical Association, 1977
American College of Surgeons, 1980
Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 1980
Western Thoracic Surgical Association, 1985
American Heart Association, 1989


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