Dr. Eric Isselbacher is the Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab and Co-Director of the Thoracic Aortic Center at Mass General. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.




Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

Vascular Center

Clinical Interests
  • Thoracic aortic disease
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Echocardiography
  • Endocarditis
  • Patient-doctor communication and eHealth technologies
  • Telemedicine
  • Bicuspid aortic valve disease
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Coronary artery disease
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
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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
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • 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
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Isselbacher's research focuses primarily on thoracic aortic disease and echocardiography. He is the co-founder and co-principal investigator of the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection (IRAD), which is the world's largest registry of patients with aortic dissection and has been the leader in investigating optimal diagnostic and treatment strategies for this disease. In the Massachusetts General Hospital Thoracic Aortic Center, he and his colleagues have been investigating the clinical and molecular genetics of thoracic aortic disease of all etiologies. He also has been engaged in research in the clinical application of echocardiography. He is author or co-author of over 100 original research publications in medical journals.



View my most recent publications at PubMed

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Cardiac Unit Associates
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey 5
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-1994
Fax: 617-724-0289

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