John Alex Elefteriades MD

William W.L. Glenn Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery)

Departments & Organizations

Yale Medical Group

Heart & Vascular Center, Yale-New Haven HospitalCancer Center, YaleSurgery: Cardiac Surgery: Thoracic Aortic Disease, Yale Center for

Research Interests

Genetics of thoracic aortic aneurysms; Spinal cord and brain protection; Blood test for aneurysm disease; Deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and its effect on cognitive abilities; Novel heart transplantation technique; Advanced left ventricular failure; Transplantation more...


  • M.D., Yale University, 1976

Selected Publications

  • Percy A, Widman S, Rizzo JA, Tranquilli M, Elefteriades JA. Deep hypothermic circulatory arrest in patients with high cognitive needs: full preservation of cognitive abilities. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009;87:117-23. Selected for Faculty of 1000 Medicine as one of most important articles published in medicine.
  • Elefteriades J, Singh M, Tang P, Siegel MD, Kenney B, Pandey A, Kopf GS. Unilateral diaphragm paralysis: etiology, impact, and natural history. J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2008;49:289-95.
  • Wang Y, Barbacioru CC, Shiffman D, Balasubramanian S, Iakoubova O, Tranquilli M, Albornoz G, Blake J, Mehmet NN, Ngadimo D, Poulter K, Chan F, Samaha RR, Elefteriades JA. Gene expression signature in peripheral blood detects thoracic aortic aneurysm. PLoS ONE. 2007;2:e1050.



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