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Patients come from all over the world to undergo cardiac surgery at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center. They have every resource of the hospital's vast expertise available to them, including extensive educational materials and access to promising new therapies through clinical trials.
Welcome North Shore Medical Center patients
Our leading cardiac surgeons treat patients within several of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center's condition-specific programs:
View all treatments and services at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center
Cardiac surgeons from the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center participate in national clinical studies evaluating new technologies and devices to treat heart disease. This allows us to bring our patients promising new treatments as quickly as possible.
Patients interested in participating in clinical trials can browse online for open trials
As chief of Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Sundt performs the full range of adult cardiac surgical procedures. He is also dedicated to assuring the highest quality care by the entire cardiac surgical team in a patient-centered, efficient, and safe manner.
David A. D'Alessandro, MD, is cardiac surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a member of the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and the Mass General Transplant Center, and specializes in ventricular assist devices.
Serguei Melnitchouk, MD, MPH, is a cardiac surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and specializes in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery. Dr. Melnitchouk is instructor in surgery at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Tolis has a special interest in complex high risk cardiac surgery, including valve, coronary bypass, thoracic aortic procedures and cardiac re-operations. He also specializes in liberal use of bilateral IMA grafts in coronary bypass grafting.
Mauricio Villavicencio, MD, MBA, is cardiac surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, specializing in heart and lung transplantation, VAD and ECMO, aortic valve surgery and pulmonary endarterectomy.
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.
Dr. Jassar focuses his clinical activities on aortic surgery in addition to the full spectrum of adult cardiac surgery.
Learn what to expect before, during and after
your surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center by downloading and printing our patient guide to cardiac surgery.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offers a patient guide to cardiac anesthesia. Our dedicated clinicians believe it is important for you to know what to expect before, during and after a cardiac anesthesia.
Mass General is among the 1.4% of hospitals in the country that achieved an overall 3-star rating for all three STS categories.
New guidelines recommend mitral valve repair for asymptomatic patients with mitral valve regurgitation, allowing for comparable outcomes with faster recovery.
Almost 200 MGH staffers, patients and family members joined over 10,000 walkers on the Charles River Esplanade on Sept. 12 to participate in the 2015 AHA Boston Heart Walk.
Lacy Neff, a radio broadcaster from West Virginia, recently underwent a heart transplant as part of his treatment plan for amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when amyloid proteins accumulate in the organs. The MGH is one of only seven hospitals in the United States studying cardiac amyloid transplants – and the only one in the Northeast.
Thor Sundt, MD, chief of cardiac surgery and director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, talks about heart valve options for patients undergoing heart valve surgery.
North Shore Medical Center is consolidating one service of its Heart Center—the open heart surgery program—with Massachusetts General Hospital in August of 2016. Mass General has maintained a collaboration in cardiac care with North Shore Medical Center for decades and welcomes the care of these patients in our Cardiac Surgery Service. All other cardiac services currently offered at North Shore Medical Center will remain there.
The Cardiac Surgery Service at Mass General comprises seven surgeons with expertise in minimally invasive surgery, heart and lung transplantations, and mechanical circulatory support. Our team offers leading treatments and preventive care for both common and complex cardiac conditions, including:
Our cardiac surgery team performed more than 1,300 cases in 2015 and received a 3-star rating (highest possible) from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in both aortic valve replacement (AVR) and AVR+ coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG).
Meet our Cardiac Surgeons
If you have new patients requiring cardiac surgical services, please call the Mass General Heart Center Referral Line: 866-644-8910 (press 3)
Contact our outpatient access team at 866-644-8910 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm to request an appointment. Our team will request information about your condition or symptoms and make a timely appointment with the most appropriate cardiac specialist.
You can also request an appointment online. Once we receive your appointment request, our access team will call and ask you to explain your diagnosis and/or symptoms in more detail.
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