Luke Wiggins, MD

Luke M Wiggins, MD

Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Luke McKee Wiggins, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine and University of Southern California. He received his medical degree with research honors from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. After medical school he completed his residency in Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Southern California. He then trained in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London where he gained experience and published on complex pediatric aortic valve repair and reconstruction techniques.  Following this he then returned to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to complete a congenital cardiac surgery fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Vaughn Starnes at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Wiggins’s clinic and research interests include optimizing outcomes of neonatal cardiac surgery and the operative management of congenital heart valve disease in the pediatric population.


Medical School

University of South Alabama College of Medicine


Keck School of Medicine of USC


Cardiothoracic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC


Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles



Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery


Wiggins LM, Mimic B, Issitt R, Ilic S, Bonello B, Marek J, Kostolny M. The Utility of Aortic Valve Leaflet Reconstruction Techniques in Children and Young Adults. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Oct 26. Article in Press

Wiggins LM, Wells WJ, Starnes VA, Kumar SR. Simultaneous Systemic to Pulmonary Shunt and Pulmonary Artery Banding is a Viable Option for Neonatal Palliation of Single Ventricle Physiology. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Summer;31(2):234-241.

Wiggins LM, Hackmann AE. (2018) Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Cannulation. In Demetriades, Demetrios, Atlas of Critical Care Procedures. Springer International Publishing.

Wiggins LM, Kumar RS. The Root Cause of Anxiety During Reoperative Aortic Valve Surgery. JTCVS. 2018 Jun:155(6):e183-e184.

McFadden PM, Wiggins LM, Boys JA. A History of Thoracic Aortic Surgery. Cardiol Clin. 2017 Aug:35(3):307-316.

McFadden PM, Wiggins LM. Assessment of Contemporary Aggressive Surgical Resection of Superior Sulcus and Pancoast Lung Tumors. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Spring:29(1):89-90.

Hackmann AE, Wiggins LM, Grimes GP, Fogel RM, Schenkel FA, Barr ML, Bowdish ME, Cunningham MJ, Starnes VA. The Utility of Nurse-Managed Extracorporeal Life Support in an Adult Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Aug;104(2):510-514.

Wiggins LM, Kumar SR, Starnes VA, Wells WJ. Arterioplasty for Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction After Arterial Switch is a Durable Procedure. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jul;100(1):122-7.