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Gus J. Vlahakes, MD

Professor of Surgery

Dr. Vlahakes has been on the cardiac surgical staff of the MGH since 1986. His practice includes virtually all phases of adult cardiac surgery.

  • Phone: 617-726-1861
Department of Surgery


  • Heart Center
  • Heart Valve Program
  • Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplant Program
  • Thoracic Aortic Center
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia Service
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
  • Coronary Artery Disease Program
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Transplant Center
  • Heart Transplant
  • Vascular Center
  • Cardiac Surgery
Clinical Interests
Adult congenital cardiac surgery
Valvular heart disease; mitral valve reconstruction
Surgery of electrophysiologic disorders
Cardiac transplantation and circulatory support
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
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), American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients


Translational research conducted relevant to mitral valve physiology and right heart failure.

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Cardiac Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-1861
Fax: 617-726-5804

Cardiac Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-1861
Fax: 617-726-5804

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