Gus J. Vlahakes, MD, is a board-certified cardiac surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Vlahakes is a member of the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and specializes in all phases of adult cardiac surgery.



Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

Clinical Interests
  • Adult congenital cardiac surgery
  • Valvular heart disease; mitral valve reconstruction
  • Surgery of electrophysiologic disorders
  • Cardiac transplantation and circulatory support
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|Fellowship, Cardiovascular Research Institute|Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston
Board Certifications
  • Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - SSN
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group

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Gus J. Vlahakes, MD, is an engineering and biochemistry graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School and trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children's Hospital, Boston. He completed a three-year cardiac physiology fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco.  He is board certified in surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and surgical critical care.

Dr. Vlahakes is a widely published expert on complex heart conditions. He serves in several leadership roles at Mass General, including the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center Cardio-Oncology steering committee and the Mass General Critical Care Center Operations Committee.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Vlahakes conducts research relevant to mitral valve physiology in heart failure and right heart function.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

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News & Events


Cardiac Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-1861
Fax: 617-726-5804

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