George M. Alfieris, M.D.

George M. Alfieris, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box SURG
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-2735
Fax: (585) 276-2446

Professional Bio

Dr. George M. Alfieris, nationally recognized pediatric cardiac surgeon, is Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Dr. Alfieris has achieved the highest cardiac surgery survival rate in New York State for the most complex congenital heart diseases.

Dr. Alfieris is the only pediatric cardiac surgeon in the region and stresses a team approach to the care of infants and children.

Dr. Alfieris works closely with the Golisano Children's Heart Center cardiologists, intensive care specialists, anesthesiologists, surgical nurse practitioners, child life specialists, patient care coordinators, nurses and a group of allied professionals to care for the patients and their families.

Patients are cared for in a new 12-bed state of the art pediatric cardiac intensive care unit. On the floor above, there is a special Ronald McDonald House to accommodate parents of children requiring intensive care. Special attention is given to families during this stressful time of surgery, and every effort is made to have parents be with their child as much as possible during the hospital stay.

Recent Journal Articles

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Cholette J; Rubenstein J; Powers K; Alfieris G; Lerner N. "Cyanotic children undergoing open heart surgery do not appear to benefit from higher hemoglobin levels: Results of a restrictive v. liberal RBC transfusion strategy." Crit Care Med. 2010; 37(12S): A434.
Alfieris, GM; Gangemi, JJ; Schiralli, M; Swartz, M; Cholette, JM. "Modified repair of truncus arteriosus to maintain pulmonary artery architecture." Annals of Thoracic Surg. 2010; .
Cholette, JM; Rubenstein JS; Alfieris, GM; Powers, KS; Eaton, MP. "Children with single ventricle physiology do not benefit from higher hemoglobin levels following cavopulmonary connection: Results of prospective, randomized controlled trial of a restrictive v. liberal red cell transfusion strategy." Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2010; .
2009 Feb
Mahar T, Katzman P, Alfieris G. "A case of fatal septic pulmonary embolus arising from an infected Sano conduit." Pediatric cardiology. 2009 Feb; 30(2):181-3. Epub 2008 Jul 25.
Mahar T, Katzman P, Alfieris G. "A Case of Fatal Septic Pulmonary Embolus Arising from and Infected Sano Conduit." Pediatric Cardiology. 2009; 30(2): 181.

Current Appointments

Tansukh, Sarla and Rajesh Ganatra Distinguished Professor in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery - Department of Surgery, Cardiac (SMD)
Professor - Department of Surgery, Cardiac (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


Surgery - American Board of Surgery
Thoracic Surgery (Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery) - American Board of Thoracic Surgery


MD | Medicine | Georgetown Univ Sch Medicine1987
MS | Physiology | Georgetown University1983
BA | Zoology | Rutgers State University1982

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Children's Hospital and Medical Center07/01/1994 - 06-30-1995
Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Rochester07/01/1992 - 06/30/1994
Residency in General Surgery at University of Rochester School of Nursing09/01/1988 - 06/30/1992
Internship in General Surgery at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry07/01/1987 - 06/30/1988