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Douglas James Mathisen

Douglas James Mathisen, MD


Dr. Mathisen is Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Visiting Surgeon at MGH, and Hermes Grillo Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

He received his MD from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1974. He was a general surgery resident and cardiothoracic resident at the MGH from July, 1974-December, 1982. He spent 2 years in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute of Health, Bethesda. He joined the MGH Surgery unit in 1984.

He is a past Director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, past President of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, past Treasurer, past President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Councilor of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has published over 350 articles/book chapters.

At MGH he has been Chief of Thoracic Surgery since 1994, Chief of Cardiac Surgery 2007-2011, and Program Director in Cardiothoracic Surgery since 1995. He was a member of the Physicians Organization Executive Committee, Board of Directors and General Executive Committee. He has been Director or Co-Director of the Postgraduate Course in Thoracic Surgery since 1985. Dr. Mathisen received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 2014.

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