Associate Professor George Matalanis graduated from Melbourne University Medical School and received Fellowships with the Royal Australasian College of surgeons in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery. He was senior Cardiovascular fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, under the directorship of the late Dr ES Crawford and trained with Drs Joe Coselli and Hazim Safi.
Associate Professor George Matalanis has been the Director of Cardiac Surgery at Austin Health from 2007 to 2018, then the Director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery. Austin Health is one of Victoria’s largest health care providers.
Associate Professor George Matalanis has expertise in advanced thoracic aortic diseases including aortic root and arch and thoraco-abdominal surgery, using both open and endovascular techniques.
Associate Professor George Matalanis pioneered the ‘branch first total arch replacement technique’ with excellent outcomes by international standards. He has also been heavily involved in Valve Sparing root replacements and aortic valve repair and the Ross operation
His other interests include coronary bypass graft surgery with total arterial grafting, Mitral Valve Repair, Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation, and Ventricular Resynchronisation Therapy.
Associate Professor George Matalanis also actively involved in research and teaching and has extensive journal publications. He participates in and is regularly an invited guest speaker in international meetings. Associate Professor George Matalanis regularly convenes the biennial Australasian Aortic Symposium Meeting, where he regularly hosts many of the world renowned Aortic Surgeons.