Professor James Tatoulis completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Master of Surgery and Doctorate in Medicine degrees at the University of Melbourne. He undertook further post graduate training for two years in the USA as a Cardiopulmonary Fellow at the University of Oregon and later worked as a Senior Cardiac Resident at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland.
His experience is as a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Royal Melbourne (RMH) and Melbourne Private hospitals, and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Melbourne. He is a past Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, RMH and Chief Medical Advisor, National Heart Foundation of Australia. An experienced surgeon, he has performed over 12,000 major cardiac and over 1,000 thoracic operations, with experience in Coronary, Heart Valve, Thoracic Aorta, Ventricular, Arrhythmia, Lung, Mediastinal, and Thoracic Trauma. He has also expertise in the post-operative Intensive Care of Cardiac and Thoracic patients.
The author of over 200 peer reviewed publications, Professor Tatoulis has an international reputation in Cardiac Surgery. He has been an invited lecturer and Faculty and Visiting Professor, both nationally and internationally, on over 90 occasions.
A council member and fellow or member of numerous prestigious professional organisations, Professor Tatoulis is a reviewer for significant international medical journals and is involved in databases, audit, clinical governance, teaching and research.
He has trained over 50 Cardiothoracic Surgeons and is a member of state and federal government committees on Cardiothoracic matters. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Specialist Cardiothoracic Surgeon, a position he has maintained for 40 years.
Professor Tatoulis has been awarded an Order of Australia and Excellence in Surgery (RACS) for contributions to, and achievements in, Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Professor Tatoulis is able to provide reports in medicolegal cases with emphasis on medical negligence matters.