About Gus Vlahakes, MD, MS

Gus J. Vlahakes, MD, is an engineering and biochemistry graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. and M.S.in 1971. He received his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School in 1975 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 cardiothoracic surgery, and surgical critical care.

Dr. Vlahakes is a widely published expert on complex heart conditions. He is a founder of the MGH Heart Center and participated in its inception and organization. He has a clinical practice that includes complex cardiac surgery, often involving patients with unique problems referred from across the US and from overseas.

Dr. Vlahakes' practice is focused primarily on providing second opinions for patients with complex cardiac disease.

Clinical Interests:




Cardiac Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Second opinions only: 617-726-1861
Fax: 617-726-5804

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • University of California, Cardiovascular Research Institute
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Research Institute

American Board Certifications

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery

Accepted Insurance Plans

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Dr. Vlahakes participates in clinical trials concerning heart valve disease treatments.