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George Velmahos, MD, PhD

Division Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

  • Phone: 617-726-2760
Departments
Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
Department of Surgery

Specialties

  • Trauma Center
Clinical Interests
Abdominal and thoracic injuries
Bowel perforation
Gastrointestinal bleeding
Bowel obstruction
Complicated diverticulitis
Gallbladder disease
Complex hernias (giant, recurrent, postoperative)
Necrotizing soft tissue infections
Locations
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
PhD, University of Athens
MD, University of Athens School of Medicine
Residency, Hippokration General Hospital
Residency, Kalamata General Hospital
Gender
Male
Foreign Languages
Greek
Patient Age Group
Adult
Accepting New Patients
Yes

Biography

Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Southern California (1996-2000)
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Southern California (2000-2004)
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School (2004-present)
Chief, Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital (2004-present)

Main clinical focus:

  1. Abdominal and thoracic injuries
  2. Surgical emergencies (perforations, bleeding, obstruction, and acute inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract)
  3. Complex hernias

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine
Author or co-author of over 250 publications, 4 books, 40 book chapters. Member of over 20 societies, including the American Surgical Association, Society of University Surgeons, Society of Clinical Surgery, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Chair, Education Committee and Member, Executive Committee, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.

Research

Traumatic injuries

Shock and resuscitation

Bleeding control

Clots traveling from lower veins may not be the cause of pulmonary embolism in trauma patients

A report from a team of Massachusetts General Hospital physicians calls into question the longstanding belief that pulmonary embolism – the life-threatening blockage of a major blood vessel in the lungs – is caused in trauma patients by a blood clot traveling from vessels deep within the legs or lower torso.

Churchill Surgical Clinic
15 Parkman St
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-726-2760
Fax: 617-724-0405