Biography

Professor James Tatoulis is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Victoria. He has been the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for over 30 years. He also consults at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond and Melbourne Private Hospital. He has a special interest in adult cardiac surgery, arterial grafting in coronary surgery and mitral valve repair.

Professor Tatoulis has been an integral part of introducing many cardiac procedures in Australia including arrhythmia surgery, mitral valve repair, bilateral internal thoracic artery and radial artery grafting, and minimally invasive coronary surgery.

James completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and his surgical residency at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, before obtaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed further training as a Cardiopulmonary Fellow at the University of Oregon and later worked as a Senior Cardiac Resident, Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. He was awarded a National Heart Foundation scholarship in 1981 and obtained further fellowship training. Following this, James completed a Master of Surgery and a Doctorate in Medicine, both with the University of Melbourne.

A dedicated educator, Professor Tatoulius has trained over 70 cardiac surgeons and is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He was formerly the Chairman Board of Studies for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Cardiothoracic Surgery).

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Procedures & Conditions

Procedures Performed
  • Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • Arterial Grafting
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Arrhythmia Surgery
  • Bilateral Internal Thoracic Artery Grafting
  • Minimally Invasive Coronary Surgery
  • Total Arterial Coronary Revascularisation
  • Reconstructive Valve Surgery
Conditions Treated
  • Adult Cardiac Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease

Experience

  • Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Royal Melbourne Hospital 1998 - Present
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Epworth Richmond Present
  • Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    Melbourne Private Hospital Present
  • Professor of Surgery
    University of Melbourne 2008 - Present
  • Chief Medical Adviser
    National Heart Foundation of Australia 2007 - Present

Memberships

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Thailand (FRCST)

  • Australia and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS)

  • Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ)

  • European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)

  • Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Network

Awards
  • National Heart Foundation Scholarship

Research & Publications

Publications

1. Gaudino, Mario & Bakaeen, Faisal & Umberto, Benedetto & Di Franco, Antonino & Fremes, Stephen & Glineur, David & Girardi, Leonard & Grau, Juan & Puskas, John & Ruel, Marc & Tam, Derrick & Taggart, David & Antoniades, Charalambos & Patrono, Carlo & Schwann, Thomas & Tatoulis, James & Tranbaugh, Robert. (2019). Arterial Grafts for Coronary Bypass: A Critical Review After the Publication of ART and RADIAL. Circulation. 140. 1273-1284. 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.119.041096.

2. Gaudino, Mario & Umberto, Benedetto & Hare, David & Hayward, Philip & Moat, Neil & Moscarelli, Marco & Di Franco, Antonino & Nasso, Giuseppe & Miodrag, Peric & Petrovic, Ivana & Puskas, John & Speziale, Giuseppe & Yoo, Kyung & Girardi, Leonard & Taggart, David & Buxton, Brian & Fremes, Stephen & Goldman, Steven & Investigators, RADIAL. (2019). Effect of Calcium-Channel Blocker Therapy on Radial Artery Grafts After Coronary Bypass Surgery. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 73. 2299-2306. 10.1016/j.jacc.2019.02.054.

3. Tatoulis, James & Wynne, Rochelle. (2019). Hospitalizations following coronary artery bypass: more than we think! An Australian perspective. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery. 55. 903-904. 10.1093/ejcts/ezy461.

4. Gaudino, Mario & Fremes, Stephen & Schwann, Thomas & Tatoulis, James & Wingo, Matthew & Tranbaugh, Robert. (2018). Technical Aspects of the Use of the Radial Artery in Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 108. 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.10.066.

5. Ruttmann, Elfriede & Dietl, Marion & Feuchtner, Gudrun & Metzler, Bernhard & Bonaros, Nikolaos & Taggart, David & Gaudino, Mario & Ulmer, Hanno & Umberto, Benedetto & Buxton, Brian & Franco, Antonio & Fremes, Stephen & Girardi, Leonard & Goldman, Steven & Habib, Robert & Holman, William & Puskas, John & Ruttmann-Ulmer, Elfriede & Schwann, Thomas & Yoo, Kyung. (2018). Long-term clinical outcome and graft patency of radial artery and saphenous vein grafts in multiple arterial revascularization. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 158. 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.10.135.

6. Tatoulis, James & Schwann, Thomas. (2018). Long term outcomes of radial artery grafting in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery. Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 7. 636-643. 10.21037/acs.2018.05.11.

7. Tatoulis, James. (2018). The radial artery in coronary surgery, 2018. Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 34. 1-11. 10.1007/s12055-018-0694-3.

8. Gaudino, Mario & Angelini, Gianni & Antoniades, Charalambos & Bakaeen, Faisal & Umberto, Benedetto & Calafiore, Antonio & Di Franco, Antonino & Mauro, M.D. & Fremes, Stephen & Girardi, Leonard & Glineur, David & Grau, Juan & He, Guo-Wei & Patrono, Carlo & Puskas, John & Ruel, Marc & Schwann, Thomas & Tam, Derrick & Tatoulis, James & Taggart, David. (2018). Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: 30 Years of Debate. Journal of the American Heart Association. 7. 10.1161/JAHA.118.009934.

9. Kurlansky, Paul & Tatoulis, James & Kolh, Philippe. (2018). The cathexis of bilateral internal mammary artery grafting and where to best devote our energy. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery. 54. 10.1093/ejcts/ezy230.

10. Buratto, Edward & Shi, William & Wynne, Rochelle & Poh, Chin & Larobina, Marco & O’Keefe, Michael & Goldblatt, John & Tatoulis, James & Skillington, Peter. (2018). Improved Survival After the Ross Procedure Compared With Mechanical Aortic Valve Replacement. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 71. 1337-1344. 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.01.048.

11. Gaudino, Mario & Burzotta, Francesco & Bakaeen, Faisal & Bertrand, Olivier & Crea, Filippo & Franco, Antonino & Fremes, Stephen & Kiemeneij, Ferdinand & Louvard, Yves & Rao, Sunil & Schwann, Thomas & Tatoulis, James & Tranbaugh, Robert & Trani, Carlo & Valgimigli, Marco & Vranckx, Pascal & Taggart, David. (2018). The Radial Artery for Percutaneous Coronary Procedures or Surgery?. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 71. 1167-1175. 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.01.013.

12. Poh, Chin & Buratto, Edward & Larobina, Marco & Wynne, Rochelle & O’Keefe, Michael & Goldblatt, John & Tatoulis, James & Skillington, Peter. (2018). The Ross procedure in adults presenting with bicuspid aortic valve and pure aortic regurgitation: 85% freedom from reoperation at 20 years. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery. 54. 10.1093/ejcts/ezy073.

13. Ahmad, DrTanveer & Ludhani, Prakash & Gurvitch, Ronen & Larobina, Marco & Goldblatt, John & Tatoulis, James. (2018). Use of Transcatheter Valves for Open Surgical Mitral Valve Replacement. Australian Experience. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 28. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.02.008.

14. Wynne, Rochelle & McTier, Lauren & Kerr, Debra & Driscoll, A. & Seevanayagam, Siven & Skillington, P. & Tatoulis, J.. (2018). Risk Factors for 30-Day Readmission After Cardiac Surgery: A Multisite Victorian Study. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. S377. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.06.750.

15. Ahmad, DrTanveer & Ludhani, Prakash & Gurvitch, Ronen & Goldblatt, John & Tatoulis, James. (2017). Open surgical mitral valve replacement with a transcatheter Edwards Sapien-XT valve: Images for surgeons. ANZ Journal of Surgery. 89. 10.1111/ans.14133.

16. Schwann, Thomas & Tatoulis, James & Puskas, John & Bonnell, Mark & Taggart, David & Kurlansky, Paul & Jacobs, Jeffery & Thourani, Vinod & O’Brien, Sean & Wallace, Amelia & Engoren, Milo & Tranbaugh, Robert & Habib, Robert. (2017). Worldwide Trends in Multi-arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery 2004-2014: A Tale of 2 Continents. Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 29. 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2017.05.018.

17. Ahmad, DrTanveer & Ludhani, Prakash & Gurvitch, Ronen & Goldblatt, John & Tatoulis, James. (2017). Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement Following Early Sapien-XT Valve Failure: A First. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 27. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.04.004.

18. Tatoulis, James & Wynne, Rochelle & Sharma, Varun & Jiang, Guangchi. (2017). New Onset Atrial Fibrillation: Pattern of Presentation and 30-Day Outcome. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S386. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.099.

19. Ahmad, DrTanveer & Ludhani, Prakash & Warren, Roderic & Goldblatt, John & Tatoulis, James. (2017). Surgical Mitral Valve Replacement With Edwards Sapien Valve- A First. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S354. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.005.

20. Ahmad, DrTanveer & Goldblatt, John & Ludhani, Prakash & Gurvitch, Ronen & Tatoulis, James. (2017). Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement Following Early Sapiens-XT Valve Failure- a First. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 26. S354. 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.03.004.

21. Tatoulis, James & Wynne, Rochelle & Skillington, Peter & Buxton, Brian. (2016). Total Arterial Revascularization: A Superior Strategy for Diabetic Patients Who Require Coronary Surgery. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 102. 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.05.062.

22. Shi, William & Tatoulis, James & Newcomb, Andrew & Rosalion, Alexander & Fuller, John & Buxton, Brian. (2016). Is a third arterial conduit necessary? Comparison of the radial artery and saphenous vein in patients receiving bilateral internal thoracic arteries for triple vessel coronary disease. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. 50. ezv467. 10.1093/ejcts/ezv467.

23. Goh, Rachel & Darvall, J & Wynne, Rochelle & Tatoulis, J. (2015). Obesity Prevalence and Associated Outcomes in Cardiothoracic Patients: A Single-Centre Experience. Anaesthesia and intensive care. 44. 77-84. 10.1177/0310057X1604400112.

24. Tatoulis, James & Wynne, Rochelle & Skillington, Peter & Buxton, Brian. (2015). Total Arterial Revascularization: Achievable and Prognostically Effective. A Multicenter Analysis. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 100. 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.03.107.

25. Shi, William & Hayward, Philip & Tatoulis, James & Rosalion, Alexander & Newcomb, Andrew & Fuller, John & Buxton, Brian. (2015). Are all forms of total arterial revascularisation equal? A comparison of single versus bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting strategies. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2015.05.074.

26. Colquhoun, David & Freedman, Ben & Cross, David & Fitzgerald, Ben & Forge, Brett & Hare, David & Tatoulis, James & Wicks, John & Wilson, Andrew & Zecchin, Robert. (2015). Clinical Exercise Stress Testing in Adults (2014). Heart, Lung and Circulation. 24. 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.01.022.

27. Shi, William & Hayward, Philip & Fuller, John & Tatoulis, James & Rosalion, Alexander & Newcomb, Andrew & Buxton, Brian. (2015). Is the radial artery associated with improved survival in older patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting? An analysis of a multicentre experience†. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery. 19. 10.1093/ejcts/ezv012.

28. Skillington, Peter & Mokhles, Mostafa & Takkenberg, Johanna & Larobina, Marco & O’Keefe, Michael & Wynne, Rochelle & Tatoulis, James. (2014). The Ross procedure using autologous support of the pulmonary autograft: Techniques and late results. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 149. 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.08.068.

29. Buxton, Brian & Shi, William & Tatoulis, James & Fuller, John & Rosalion, Alexander & Hayward, Philip. (2014). Total arterial revascularization with internal thoracic and radial artery grafts in triple-vessel coronary artery disease is associated with improved survival. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 148. 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.06.056.

30. Tatoulis, James. (2014). Coronary revascularization in heart failure-old lessons relearnt: Patient outcomes are paramount in the stenting era. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery. 47. 10.1093/ejcts/ezu190.

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