Dr. James Greelish, MD

Dr. James Greelish, MD

Cardiac Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 54
Dr. James Greelish, MD is a cardiac surgery specialist in Gastonia, NC and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1992 and specializes in cardiac surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

2555 Court Dr Ste 200

Gastonia, NC 28054

Contact Information

(704) 671-7670

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No malpractice claims found for North Carolina
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Dr. Greelish's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Vascular Disease

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Greelish treats Vascular Disease more than 71% of his peers

Dr. Greelish treats this condition more than 71% of his peers

Pulmonary Embolism

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Greelish treats Pulmonary Embolism more than 69% of his peers

Dr. Greelish treats this condition more than 69% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Postoperative Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Embolism Lung Transplant Rejection
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Greelish treats Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) more than 69% of his peers

Dr. Greelish treats this condition more than 69% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Coronary Artery Calcification
  • Coronary Artery Disease, Autosomal Dominant 1
  • Coronary Artery Disease, Autosomal Dominant 2

Dr. Greelish's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Hernia Repair
  • Impella Device
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thrombosis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

About Me

Care Philosophy

Mutidisciplinary team assessment of patients to arrive at the best patient care decisions. Secondary Specialties: General Surgery


  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery


Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's Hospital)
Residency Hospital
Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's Hospital)
Fellowship Hospital
The University Of Pennsylvania
Residency Hospital
The University Of Pennsylvania
Internship Hospital
Wake Forest University
Medical School


  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1992
  • cum laude - Wake Forest Medical School, 1992
  • Jonathan E. Rhoads Research Award, 1998
  • National Research Service Award (NRSA), 1996

Media & Publications

  • Interrelationship between atrial natriuretic factor concentrations and acute volume expansion in pregnant and nonpregnant women. Hatjis CG, Kofinas AD, Greelish JP, Swain M, Rose JC, 1990
  • Greelish, JP, Eagle SS, Zhao, DX, Deegan RJ, Crenshaw MH, Balaguer JM, Ahmad RM, Byrne JG. Management of new-onset mitral regurgitation with intraoperative angiography and intraoperative percutaneous coronary intervention. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2006 Jan;131(1):239-240.,
  • Greelish JP, Su LT, Lankford EB, Stedman HH. Stable restoration of the sarcoglycan complex in dystrophic muscle perfused with histamine and a recombinant adeno-associated viral vector. Nature Medicine 1999;Apr;5(4):439-443,
  • Greelish JP, Friedberg JS: Secondary pulmonary malignancy. Surgical Clinics of North America 2000; Apr;80(2); 633-657.,
  • Hatjis CG, Kofinas, Greelish JP, Swain M, Rose JC: Atrial natriuretic factor concentrations during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. A J Perinatology 1992;Jul;9(4):275-278., 1992
  • 4. Haecker SE, Stedman HH, Balice-Gordon RJ, Smith DB, Greelish JP, Mitchell MA, Wells A, Sweeney HL, Wilson JM: In vivo expression of full length human dystrophin from adenoviral vectors deleted of all viral genes. Human Gene Therapy 1996;Oct1;7(15):1907-1914.,
  • Neely CF, DiPierro FV, Kong M, Greelish JP, Gardner TJ. A1 adenosine receptor antagonists block ischemia-reperfusion injury of the heart. Circulation, 1996;Nov1;94 (supp 9):II376-380.,
  • Greelish, JP, Ailiwadi M, Balaguer JM, Ahmad RM, Zhao DX, Petracek MR, Byrne JG. Combined percutaneous coronary intervention and valve surgery. Curr Opin Cardiol 2006 Mar;21(2):113-117.,
  • Pretorius M, Donahue BS, Yu C, Greelish JP, Roden DM, Brown NJ. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 as a predictor of postoperative atrial fibrillation after cardiopulmonary bypass. Circulation 2007 Sept 11;116(11 Suppl):I1-7.,
  • Greelish JP, Cohn LH, Leacche M, Mitchell M, Karavas A, Fox J, Byrne JG, Aranki SF, Couper GS. Minimally invasive mitral valve repair suggests earlier operations for mitral valve disease. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 2003;Aug;126(2):365-371,

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Very inconsiderate toward family of the patient. Complained that he had to cancel his plans because he was operating on my mother's heart. She died.
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