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James P. Greelish, MD


Cardiothoracic Surgery


CaroMont Heart & Vascular - Gastonia



Accepting New Patients

CaroMont Health Provider

Board Certified

About Me

Cardiac Surgery Medical Director

I am a board-certified surgeon with more than 20 years of broad cardiothoracic experience. I have performed well over 4,000 heart and lung operations with excellent outcomes, as evaluated by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. As the Medical Director of Cardiac Surgery, my advanced experience includes complex coronary artery bypass surgery, aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valve surgery, minimally invasive surgery, off-pump bypass surgery, reoperations, mitral valve repair, TAVR and VATs lobectomy. I am a former Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt University and Associate Clinical Professor at Columbia University in New York with 33 peer-reviewed articles and ten book chapters. I am also an experienced legal expert for the North Carolina Board of Medicine, private litigation.


  • Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Residency:
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - General Surgery
    Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital - Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery
    Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital - Cardiac Surgery
Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Jonathan E. Rhoads Research Award, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kentucky Colonel
  • National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health - University of Pennsylvania (NIH-Penn)
  • Top Doctor, Charlotte Magazine
  • Top Doctor, US News and World Report / Castle and Conley 
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Diplomate

My Specialties

  • Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Reoperations
  • Transaortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

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CaroMont Heart & Vascular - Gastonia

2555 Court Drive, Suite 200 & 300
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704.834.3278

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