Douglas J. Mathisen, MD

Division of Thoracic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Mathisen recently stepped down after 25 years as the Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Visiting Surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. He is the Distinguished Hermes C. Grillo Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1974 and was AOA. He was a general surgery resident and cardiothoracic resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital from July, 1974 to December, 1982. He spent 2 years in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. He spent 6 months at the Western Chest Hospital, Southampton, England, during his general surgery residency. He joined Massachusetts General’s Thoracic 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 Chairman of the Residency Review Committee, past Treasurer, past President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Councilor of the European Association of Cardio-thoracic Surgery. He has held numerous other positions in national medical organizations. He has published over 400 articles and book chapters and written 5 books.

At the MGH he has been Chief of Thoracic Surgery from 1994 to 2019, Chief of Cardiac Surgery 2007-2011, and Program Director in Cardiothoracic Surgery 1995-2018. He was a previous member of the Physicians Organization Executive Committee, Board of Directors and General Executive Committee. He has been the Director or Co-Director of a highly successful Postgraduate Course in Thoracic Surgery since 1985. Dr. Mathisen received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons at the 2014 Annual Meeting. He is an Honorary Member of the European Society of Thoracic Surgery, Honorary Member, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland and Honorary Member, Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons.