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Thomas MacGillivray, MD

  • Co-Director, Thoracic Aortic Center
  • Surgical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program


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Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD, is a board-certified cardiac surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. He specializes in thoracic aortic disease, adult congenital heart disease and acquired heart disease.


Cardiac Surgery


Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • Acquired heart disease
  • Heart transplant
  • Congenital cardiac surgery
  • Mechanical circulatory support
  • Aorta surgery
  • Cardiac (heart) surgery
Medical Education
  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston|Fellowship, UC San Francisco
Board Certifications
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)
  • 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
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - SSN
  • 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 - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • 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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Thomas E. MacGillivray, MD, graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. After extensive training in surgery and cardiac surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Children?s Hospital Boston and University of California, San Francisco, he joined Mass General in 1998.

Dr. MacGillivray is the co-director of the Mass General Thoracic Aortic Center and the surgical director of the Mass General Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. He is widely published, speaks nationally on innovative surgical approaches to treat complex cardiovascular conditions and has served in multiple leadership roles at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is the deputy editor of Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

In addition to specializing in thoracic aortic disease and adult congenital heart disease, Dr. MacGillivray has expertise in mechanical circulatory support and has been involved in numerous clinical trials to test and improve heart-assisted devices for patients with heart failure.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. MacGillivray's research focuses on all areas of the heart, including heart-assisted devices, aortic surgery and the surgical treatment of adult congenital heart disease.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

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News & Events

  • A second chance

    It's not every day you get a second lease on life. Emma Morgan, however, received that second chance 10 years ago thanks to a procedure performed by the MGH Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program.

  • Safe passage

    It was a perfect slide into second base. Keith Harris was safe – but a small abrasion on his left leg would prove otherwise.

  • A second chance

    Since childhood, Keith and Kevin Mullen have shared many life experiences, but the twin brothers never thought open-heart surgery would be on that list.

  • Communication is key for cardiac surgery team

    Late last year, the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Care Redesign team – made up of anesthesiologists, perfusionists and surgeons – formed a subgroup focused specifically on the practice of CPB. They began to investigate different ways they could strengthen not only how care was administered, but also how they could work more collaboratively on a daily basis.

  • February Heart Month: Advances in Treating Adult Congenital Heart Disease

    Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.

  • MGH joins study of new heart-assist device

    MGH Hotline 9.17.10 The MGH recently became the fifth site nationwide to participate in the study of an innovative rotary blood pump for late-stage heart failure patients.

  • A life-saving gift

    MGH Hotline 4.2.10 IN THE UNITED STATES ALONE, there are more than 100,000 candidates on the United Network for Organ Sharing organ and tissue waiting list.

  • New Hope For Severe Heart Failure Patients

    quotes MGH physician Thomas MacGillivray


  • Jack's Story: Adult Congenital Heart Disease

    At age 16, Jack Cadigan appeared to be a healthy, athletic high school student, playing on his school’s basketball team. That summer, Jack volunteered at a medical clinic in Haiti where they discovered he had an issue with his heart. He came to Mass General where Dr. Ami Bhatt diagnosed him with an atrial septal defect, which was repaired through surgery. Jack immediately noticed a big difference in his health, not realizing how limited he was before the surgery.


Cardiac Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-9563
Fax: 617-726-5804

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