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Thomas MacGillivray, MD

Co-Director, Thoracic Aortic Center

Surgical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

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.

  • Phone: 617-726-9563
Cardiac Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • Heart Center
  • Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplant Program
  • Heart Valve Program
  • Thoracic Aortic Center
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease Program
  • Transplant Center
  • Heart Transplant
Clinical Interests
Acquired heart disease
Heart transplant
Congenital cardiac surgery
Mechanical circulatory support
Aorta surgery
Cardiac surgery
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston
Fellowship, University of California San Francisco
Board Certifications
Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery), American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyThomas 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.


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.

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Cardiac Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-9563
Fax: 617-726-5804

Cardiac Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-9563
Fax: 617-726-5804

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