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.
BiographyGus 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.
Dr. Vlahakes conducts research relevant to mitral valve physiology in heart failure and right heart function.
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.
Massachusetts General Hospital offers pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), a highly specialized operation to remove chronic blood clots in the lungs. Without surgery, patients who have this life-threatening disease will likely develop progressive shortness of breath so severe that it leads to heart failure.