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Section Chief, Coronary Surgery and General Cardiac SurgeryNetwork Director, Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery


George Tolis, M.D., was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Yale University summa cum laude with a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Following graduation from Harvard Medical School in 1995, he completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Tolis then completed an advanced aortic fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City under the direction of Dr. Randall Griepp. 


Dr. Tolis worked at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City as chief of aortic surgery, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center as chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and at Massachusetts General Hospital as surgical director of coronary bypass surgery.  He joined Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2021 as Section Chief of Coronary and General Cardiac Surgery as well as Network Director of Cardiac Surgery.


His clinical interests include surgical education, multi-arterial coronary artery bypass grafting and coronary endarterectomy, surgery for endocarditis, aortic root and arch surgery, complex reoperations and surgery to address complications from percutaneous devices (coronary stents, percutaneous valves and implants).

He is an amateur woodworker and a concert pianist.



Medical School

Harvard Medical School



Massachusetts General Hospital, 1995 - 2000


Board Certifications

Surgery, 2001

Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery), 2003



Yale New Haven Hospital, 2000 - 2002

Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center, 2002 - 2003



Contact info:

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Heart and Vascular Center

70 Francis Street

Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center

Boston, MA  02115

Phone: (617) 732-7678



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George Tolis, Jr, MD - America's Top 50 Doctors - Cardiac Surgeon -Massachusetts

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