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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