Dr. James Greelish, MD

Dr. James Greelish, MD

Cardiac Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 53
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. James Greelish, MD is a cardiac surgery doctor who practices in Gastonia, NC. He is 53 years old and has been practicing for 25 years.

2555 Court Dr Ste 200

Gastonia, NC 28054

Contact Information

(704) 671-7670

Insurance Accepted

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Port Placements or Replacements
more than 81% of peers
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
more than 72% of peers
Pulmonary Disease
more than 70% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Greelish "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
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
  • Thoracic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • 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 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 Repair
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for North Carolina.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Wake Forest University
    Medical School | Graduated 1992
  • The University of Pennsylvania
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's Hospital)
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
  • The University of Pennsylvania
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
  • Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's Hospital)
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • 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,
  • Atrial natriuretic factor maternal and fetal concentrations in severe preeclampsia.Hatjis CG, Greelish JP, Kofinas AD, Stroud A, Hashimoto K, Rose JC, 1989
  • James P. Greelish, MD profile,
  • CaroMont Health: Raising the Bar for Regional Cardiac Care, Jan 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Greelish's Reviews

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Dr. Greelish's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (1)
in Conway, SC |
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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Dr. Greelish accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO

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Gastonia, NC 28054
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