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John Elefteriades MD

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

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John Elefteriades, MD

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Mailing Address

  • Cardiac Surgery

    P.O. Box 208039

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8039

    United States

John Elefteriades
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Biography

Dr. John Elefteriades is the William W.L. Glenn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and former Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Yale University and Yale New-Haven Hospital. He is among the most clinically active academic surgeons in the country.

Dr. Elefteriades graduated magna cum laude with a triple concentration in Physics, French and Psychology from Yale University. He received his MD degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. He trained at Yale in both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. After completing his training, he joined the faculty at the Yale University School of Medicine.

He performs all aspects of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery. He is a recognized authority in interventions for the failing left ventricle, including coronary artery bypass grafting, left ventricular aneurysmectomy, and artificial heart implantation. Dr. Elefteriades directs the Aortic Institute at Yale, one of the nation's largest facilities for treatment of the dilated thoracic aorta. He conducts laboratory research in new techniques of heart transplantation.  Among his research projects, he is working to identify the genetic mutations responsible for thoracic aortic aneurysms. 

Dr. Elefteriades serves on multiple scientific advisory and editorial boards. He is a past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and member of the national Board of Governors of the College.  Dr. Elefteriades is also past President of the International College of Angiology. He serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery as well as being Editor-in-Chief of the Aorta Journal. He has been a member of the Thoracic Surgery Director's Association and has been named consistently in The Best Doctors in America.   He is a frequently requested international lecturer, visiting professor and guest surgeon. He is the author of over 400 scientific publications on a wide range of cardiac and thoracic topics. He was selected as one of the ten best doctors in America by Men’s Health magazine. He has been featured in many dozens of print, radio, and television presentations. He has received the Walter Bleifeld Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution in Clinical Research in Cardiology and the John B. Chang Research Achievement Award. In 2005 he was selected to lecture at the Leadership in Biomedicine Series at the Yale University School of Medicine.  In 2006, he received the Socrates Award from the Thoracic Residents Association, Thoracic Surgery Directors' Association, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, recognizing exceptional achievement in teaching and mentorship of residents.

Dr. Elefteriades was named the William W.L. Glenn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2006. This endowed chair honors the memory of Dr. Elefteriades’ mentor, Dr. Glenn. Dr. Elefteriades is the author of the books House Officer Guide to ICU Care (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions), Advanced Treatment Options for the Failling Left Ventricle, Your Heart: The Owner's Guide,  Acute Aortic Disease, The women Heart: The Owner's Guide, Extraordinary Hearts: A Journey of Cardiac Medicine and the Human Spirit, The Woman's Heart: An Owner's Guide, Transplant.

In 2017, Dr. Elefteriades was awarded an Honorary Phd degree from the University of Liege (Belgium) in recognition of his work in diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases.  

Education & Training

  • MD
    Yale University (1976)
  • BA
    Yale University, Psychology (1972)
  • Chief Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Chief Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Fellow
    Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • Board Certification
    AB of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery (1985, recertified: 2014)

Activities

  • Invited faculty, “Thoracic aortic aneurysm: Reading the enemy’s playbook” 32nd Meeting of the Japanese Vascular Society
    Tokyo, Japan 2004
    Invited faculty, “Thoracic aortic aneurysm: Reading the enemy’s playbook” 32nd Meeting of the Japanese Vascular Society
  • Invited lectures, “When surgery has to be advised?” & “Alternative surgical approaches for left ventricle assist devices implantation,” Instituto Clinico Humanitas’ 4th International Symposium: From Risk Factors to Heart Failure
    Milan, Italy 2003
    Invited lectures, “When surgery has to be advised?” & “Alternative surgical approaches for left ventricle assist devices implantation,” Instituto Clinico Humanitas’ 4th International Symposium: From Risk Factors to Heart Failure
  • Invited faculty, 3rd Vienna Interdisciplinary Symposium on Aortic Repair (VISAR) “Natural history of aortic aneurysms” & Chair “ Surgery for Type B Dissection”
    Vienna, Austria 2003
    Invited faculty, 3rd Vienna Interdisciplinary Symposium on Aortic Repair (VISAR) “Natural history of aortic aneurysms” & Chair “ Surgery for Type B Dissection”
  • Invited Lecture, “Thoracic aortic aneurysm – a genetic disease,” 18th International Meeting on Clinical Cardiology
    Athens, Greece 2003
    Invited Lecture, “Thoracic aortic aneurysm – a genetic disease,” 18th International Meeting on Clinical Cardiology
  • Invited Faculty, Surgery for Aortic Dissection Symposium
    Paris, France 2002
    Invited Faculty, Surgery for Aortic Dissection Symposium
  • Invited Lecture, International Vascular Meeting, “The natural history of aortic dissection”
    Paris, France 2002
    Invited Lecture, International Vascular Meeting, “The natural history of aortic dissection”
  • Invited Lectures: “Who should have traditional cardiac surgery?” & “CABG better than PTCA?” 3rd International Symposium: Current Issues in Heart Failure Management
    Milan, Italy 2002
    Invited Lectures: “Who should have traditional cardiac surgery?” & “CABG better than PTCA?” 3rd International Symposium: Current Issues in Heart Failure Management
  • Chairman, Valvular Heart Disease Session, 8th World Congress on Heart Failure – Mechanisms and Management
    Washington, United States 2002
    Chairman, Valvular Heart Disease Session, 8th World Congress on Heart Failure – Mechanisms and Management
  • Chairman, Awards Committee, 8 World Congress on Heart Failure – Mechanisms and Management
    Washington DC, United States 2002
    Chairman, Awards Committee, 8 World Congress on Heart Failure – Mechanisms and Management
  • Invited faculty,17th International Meeting on Clinical Cardiology
    Athens, Greece 2002
    Invited faculty,17th International Meeting on Clinical Cardiology
  • Chairman
    Washington, United States 2002
    Section of Cardiovascular Surgery, 8th World Congress on Heart Failure – Mechanisms and Management
  • Elected as Secretary of the International College of Angiology
    2002
    Elected as Secretary of the International College of Angiology
  • Invited Lecture, “ New Insights into the behavior and treatment of the thoracic aorta,” 16th International Meeting on Clinical Cardiology
    Athens, Greece 2001
    Invited Lecture, “ New Insights into the behavior and treatment of the thoracic aorta,” 16th International Meeting on Clinical Cardiology
  • Scientific Executive Committee, International Society of Heart Failure
    2001
    Scientific Executive Committee, International Society of Heart Failure
  • Invited Lecture, “Neither extreme LV dilation nor lack of ischemia on stress testing should contradict CABG for advanced ischemic cardiomyopathy,” 3rd International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease- From Prevention to Intervention
    Lyon, France 2000
    Invited Lecture, “Neither extreme LV dilation nor lack of ischemia on stress testing should contradict CABG for advanced ischemic cardiomyopathy,” 3rd International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease- From Prevention to Intervention
  • Chairperson, 3rd International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease: From Prevention to Intervention
    Lyon, France 2000
    Chairperson, 3rd International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease: From Prevention to Intervention
  • Presentation- “Conventional Cardiac Operations as Alternatives to Heart Transplantations – Long-term Results,” 7th World Congress on Heart Failure – Mechanisms and Management
    Vancouver, Canada 2000
    Presentation- “Conventional Cardiac Operations as Alternatives to Heart Transplantations – Long-term Results,” 7th World Congress on Heart Failure – Mechanisms and Management
  • Session Chair, Surgical Approaches to the Treatment of Heart Failure, 7th World Congress on Heart Failure – Mechanisms and Management
    Vancouver, Canada 2000
    Session Chair, Surgical Approaches to the Treatment of Heart Failure, 7th World Congress on Heart Failure – Mechanisms and Management
  • Invited Lecture, “Yale Perspectives on the Thoracic Aorta,” 15th International Meeting on Clinical Cardiology
    Athens, Greece 2000
    Invited Lecture, “Yale Perspectives on the Thoracic Aorta,” 15th International Meeting on Clinical Cardiology
  • Scientific Executive Committee, 7th World Congress on Heart Failure- Mechanisms & Management
    2000
    Scientific Executive Committee, 7th World Congress on Heart Failure- Mechanisms & Management
  • International Scientific Committee, 2nd International Meeting of the Onassis Surgery Center
    Athens, Greece 2000
    International Scientific Committee, 2nd International Meeting of the Onassis Surgery Center
  • Abstract Review Committee, International Society of Heart Failure
    Vancouver, Canada 2000
    Abstract Review Committee, International Society of Heart Failure
  • Professor
    Amsterdam, Netherlands 2000
    Professor
  • Session Chair: Workshop: Functional Electrical Stimulation in Paralyzed Respiratory Muscles, Spinal Cord Injury Center
    Hamburg, Germany 1999
    Session Chair: Workshop: Functional Electrical Stimulation in Paralyzed Respiratory Muscles, Spinal Cord Injury Center
  • Invited Lecturer, “The Yale Experience.” Workshop: Functional Electrical Stimulation in Paralyzed Respiratory Muscles, Spinal Cord Injury Center
    Hamburg, Germany 1999
    Invited Lecturer, “The Yale Experience.” Workshop: Functional Electrical Stimulation in Paralyzed Respiratory Muscles, Spinal Cord Injury Center
  • Opening Ceremony Speaker, Workshop: Functional Electrical Stimulation in Paralyzed Respiratory Muscles. Spinal Cord Injury Center
    Hamburg, Germany 1999
    Opening Ceremony Speaker, Workshop: Functional Electrical Stimulation in Paralyzed Respiratory Muscles. Spinal Cord Injury Center
  • Invited Lecturer
    Washington, United States 1999
    1st International Congress on Heart – New Trends in Research, Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Session Chair
    Washington, United States 1999
    New Approaches to Surgical Revascularization, 1st International Congress on Heart Disease – New Trends in Research, Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Session Chair
    Washington, United States 1999
    Plenary Session, Mechanical Support, Left Ventricular Assist Devices, International Academy of Cardiology, 1st International Congress on Heart Disease – New Trends in Research, Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Scientific Executive Committee
    Washington, United States 1999
    1st International Congress on Heart Disease, International Academy of Cardiology
  • Visiting Professor
    Amsterdam, Netherlands 1999
    Visiting Professor
  • Invited Lecture, “Ten Year Experience with Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in Advanced Left Ventricular Dysfunction,” 2nd International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease- From Prevention to Intervention
    Florence, Italy 1998
    Invited Lecture, “Ten Year Experience with Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in Advanced Left Ventricular Dysfunction,” 2nd International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease- From Prevention to Intervention
  • Session Chair: Newer Surgical Techniques, 6th World Congress on Heart Failure - Mechanisms and Management
    Geneva, Switzerland 1998
    Session Chair: Newer Surgical Techniques, 6th World Congress on Heart Failure - Mechanisms and Management
  • 6th World Congress on Heart Failure, Geneva, Switzerland, Scientific Executive Committee
    Geneva, Switzerland 1998
    6th World Congress on Heart Failure, Geneva, Switzerland, Scientific Executive Committee
  • Honorary Lecturer, Japanese Society for Cardiovascular Surgery
    Japan 1998
    Honorary Lecturer, Japanese Society for Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Presentation- "Thoracic Aortic Surgery," 28th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Cardiovascular Surgery
    Tokyo, Japan 1998
    Presentation- "Thoracic Aortic Surgery," 28th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Presentation- “Conventional Surgery as an Alternative to Transplantation for the Failing Left Ventricle.” 6th World Congress on Heart Failure - Mechanisms and Management
    Geneva, Switzerland 1998
    Presentation- “Conventional Surgery as an Alternative to Transplantation for the Failing Left Ventricle.” 6th World Congress on Heart Failure - Mechanisms and Management
  • Presentation- "Advances in the Surgical Management of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms," 2nd Panhellenic Congress of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
    Thessaloniki, Greece 1997
    Presentation- "Advances in the Surgical Management of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms," 2nd Panhellenic Congress of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Course Director: Mini-CABG Training Course
    Tokyo, Japan 1997
    Course Director: Mini-CABG Training Course
  • Invited Lecture, "Should Non-Diseased Vein Grafts Be Replaced at the Time of Redo CABG," Cardiac Surgery Update '97
    Athens, Greece 1997
    Invited Lecture, "Should Non-Diseased Vein Grafts Be Replaced at the Time of Redo CABG," Cardiac Surgery Update '97
  • Invited Lecture, "Application of Conventional Cardiac Surgical Procedures to the Patient with Left Ventricular Failure," Cardiac Surgery Update '97
    Athens, Greece 1997
    Invited Lecture, "Application of Conventional Cardiac Surgical Procedures to the Patient with Left Ventricular Failure," Cardiac Surgery Update '97
  • Invited Lecture, "Left Ventricular Remodeling: Aneurysmectomy and Batista," Cardiac Surgery Update '97
    Athens, Greece 1997
    Invited Lecture, "Left Ventricular Remodeling: Aneurysmectomy and Batista," Cardiac Surgery Update '97
  • Co-Chairman of Program, International Congress of Thorax Surgery, Cardiac Surgery Update '97
    Athens, Greece 1997
    Co-Chairman of Program, International Congress of Thorax Surgery, Cardiac Surgery Update '97
  • Co-Chairman, Cardiac Surgery I Session, 39th Annual World Congress of International College of Angiology
    Istanbul, Turkey 1997
    Co-Chairman, Cardiac Surgery I Session, 39th Annual World Congress of International College of Angiology
  • Chairman, "Cardiac Surgery: News and Views Session," 5th Alpe Adria Congress of Cardiology
    Graz, Austria 1997
    Chairman, "Cardiac Surgery: News and Views Session," 5th Alpe Adria Congress of Cardiology
  • Scientific Executive Committee, International Academy of Cardiology, Inc.
    1997
    Scientific Executive Committee, International Academy of Cardiology, Inc.
  • Visiting Professor
    Cairo, Egypt 1997
    Visiting Professor
  • Honorary Lecturer, Alpe Adria Congress of Cardiology
    1997
    Honorary Lecturer, Alpe Adria Congress of Cardiology
  • Co-President, Cardiac Surgery for the Next Millennium
    Athens, Greece 1997
    Co-President, Cardiac Surgery for the Next Millennium
  • Visiting Professor
    Cardiff, United Kingdom 1997
    Visiting Professor
  • Visiting Professor
    Tokyo, Japan 1997
    Visiting Professor
  • Visiting Professor
    Fuji, Japan 1997
    Visiting Professor
  • Visiting Professor
    Yokohama, Japan 1997
    Visiting Professor
  • Invited Lecture
    Washington, United States 1997
    “Advanced Surgical Modalities for LV Failure: Transplant, Cardiomyoplasty or Reduction Ventriculoplasty." International Society of Heart Failure, 5th World Congress
  • Presentation- "LV-Remodeling: Aneurysmectomy with Batista Procedures." 5th Alpe Adria Congress of Cardiology
    Graz, Austria 1997
    Presentation- "LV-Remodeling: Aneurysmectomy with Batista Procedures." 5th Alpe Adria Congress of Cardiology
  • Invited Lecture
    Cardiff, United Kingdom 1997
    "Left Ventricular Remodeling"
  • Presentation- "Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery"
    1997
    Presentation- "Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery"
  • Presentation- "Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery - Live Demonstration"
    Japan 1997
    Presentation- "Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery - Live Demonstration"
  • Presentation- "LV Remodeling and Batista Procedure"
    Japan 1997
    Presentation- "LV Remodeling and Batista Procedure"
  • Presentation- "Should Disease-Free Saphenous Vein Grafts Be Replaced at the Time of Redo CABG," First International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease - From Prevention to Intervention
    Prague, Czech Republic 1997
    Presentation- "Should Disease-Free Saphenous Vein Grafts Be Replaced at the Time of Redo CABG," First International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease - From Prevention to Intervention
  • Chairman
    Washington, United States 1997
    "New Surgical Approaches to the Failing Heart Session," International Society of Heart Failure, 5th World Congress
  • Presentation- "Application of Conventional Operations (CABG, Valve Replacement and Left Ventricular Aneurysmectomy) to the Failing Left Ventricle," 4th World Congress on Heart Failure
    Jerusalem, Israel 1996
    Presentation- "Application of Conventional Operations (CABG, Valve Replacement and Left Ventricular Aneurysmectomy) to the Failing Left Ventricle," 4th World Congress on Heart Failure
  • Moderator of session, "Surgical Aspects, Transplantation," 4th World Congress on Heart Failure”
    Jerusalem, Israel 1996
    Moderator of session, "Surgical Aspects, Transplantation," 4th World Congress on Heart Failure”
  • Presentation
    Birmingham, United Kingdom 1996
    "Deep Hypothermia and Circulatory Arrest Preserves Brain Morphology in Humans," Birmingham Aortic Surgery Symposium
  • Presentation
    Birmingham, United Kingdom 1996
    "What is the Appropriate Size Criterion for Resection of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms?," Birmingham Aortic Surgery Symposium
  • Co-Moderator
    Cologne, Germany 1996
    Cardiac Surgery Session 38th Annual World Congress of the International College of Angiology
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member for 4th World Congress on Heart Failure -Mechanisms and Management
    Jerusalem, Israel 1996
    Scientific Advisory Board Member for 4th World Congress on Heart Failure -Mechanisms and Management
  • 4th World Congress on Heart Failure - Mechanisms and Management, Scientific Advisory Board Member
    Jerusalem, Israel 1996
    4th World Congress on Heart Failure - Mechanisms and Management, Scientific Advisory Board Member
  • International College of Angiology, Co-Chairman of the Scientific Council
    1995
    International College of Angiology, Co-Chairman of the Scientific Council
  • Visiting Professor of Surgery
    Athens, Greece 1991
    Visiting Professor of Surgery
  • Presentation- "Skeletal muscle for cardiac assistance"
    Athens, Greece 1991
    Presentation- "Skeletal muscle for cardiac assistance"
  • Presentation- "Surgical treatment for ventricular arrhythmias"
    Athens, Greece 1991
    Presentation- "Surgical treatment for ventricular arrhythmias"

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2015Connecticut Magazine2016
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine2015
Socrates AwardThoracic Residents Association, Thoracic Surgery Directors' Association, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons (Chicago, IL), recognizing exceptional achievement in teaching and mentorship of residents.2006
Most Outstanding Invited Faculty Presentation- "The Aneurysmatic Patient: From Large to Multifocal."6th International Advances in Understanding Aortic Diseases Meeting2005
Selected to give “Leadership in Biomedicine” lectureYale University School of Medicine2005
Professor John B. Chang Achievement AwardInternational College of Angiology2004
Walter Bleifeld Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution in Clinical Research in CardiologyInternational Academy of Cardiology2003

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