Welcoming New Faculty – George Tolis, Jr., MD

Please join us in welcoming George Tolis, Jr., MD, as a new faculty member in the Department of Surgery.

George Tolis, Jr., MD
Associate Surgeon, Division of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Section Chief, Coronary Surgery and General Cardiac Surgery
Network Director, Cardiac Surgery
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Tolis received a Bachelor of Science in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale College and a Master of Science in the same focus from Yale University. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed general surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital, a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the Yale/New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in aortic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is board certified in general and thoracic surgery.

Dr. Tolis is a member of various professional organizations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS) and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS).

Before coming to the Brigham, Dr. Tolis was a visiting surgeon and the quality director for the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has worked as a surgeon in other medical institutions, including Lenox Hill Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where he served as the chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. At the Brigham, Dr. Tolis is being recruited as the section chief for Coronary Surgery and General Cardiac Surgery, as well as the network director for Cardiac Surgery. In this role, he will work on maintaining and enhancing the cardiac surgery operations at Cape Cod Hospital, as well as developing new relationships with regional institutions under the direction of Dr. Raphael Bueno, the chief of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery.

Dr. Tolis’ clinical interests include liberal use of multiple arterial grafting  in coronary bypass surgery, use of extensive coronary endarterectomy to provide operative solutions for patients who have been previously deemed inoperable, surgery for native and prosthetic valve bacterial endocarditis and open surgery to address failure of percutaneous devices. His research interests include investigation of factors affecting quality reporting of various cardiac surgical programs, which are not captured through standard risk adjustment models, and identification of optimal ways to enhance the operative surgical education of cardiothoracic surgery trainees.