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George Tesar, MD

216.636.5860

George Tesar, MD
Department: Psychiatry and Psychology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code P57
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
DeskDesk:216.445.6224
WorkFax:216.445.0127
George Tesar, MD
Department: Epilepsy Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code P57
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
DeskDesk:216.445.6224
WorkFax:216.445.0127
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Board-certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine, Dr. Tesar graduated from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., in 1977 and completed dual-residency training in internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic in 1980 and in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass., in 1983. After serving as Chief Resident of the Acute (emergency) Psychiatry Service in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH, he did a one-year psychosomatic (consultation-liaison psychiatry) fellowship and later joined the MGH Staff in Psychopharmacology and Consultation Psychiatry. In 1987, he was appointed Chief of the Acute (Emergency) Psychiatry Service at MGH. While at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Tesar was also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. 

In 1993, Dr. Tesar returned to Cleveland, and since then has been Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Cleveland Clinic. Since 1997 he has also served as the Medical Director for Marymount Behavioral Healthcare Services and Cleveland Clinic Health System Behavioral Medicine Services.  As of July 1, 2009 he will also assume Directorship of the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Dr. Tesar is a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Group Medical Association, American College of Clinical Psychiatrists, Ohio Psychiatric Association, Cleveland Psychiatric Society, American College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the Cleveland Consultation-Liaison Society. Dr. Tesar is also a Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.

He has written numerous articles and book chapters in professional publications. His areas of expertise and research interest are in anxiety and mood disorders, the interface between psychiatric and medical illness (e.g., epilepsy) and the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in primary care and patients with brain disorders. Dr. Tesar also teaches and supervises psychiatry residents, general medical residents, and medical students in the disciplines of psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, neuropsychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry and administrative psychiatry.

Professional Highlights

  • Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, since 1993
  • Director of Behavioral Health, Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center
  • Director of General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program (as of 7/1/2009)

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Psychiatry
Boston, MA USA
1984
Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
Psychiatry
Boston, MA USA
1983
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1980
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1978
Medical School - Mayo Medical School
Rochester, MN USA
1977
Undergraduate - Yale University
Philosophy & Psychology
New Haven, CT USA
1973

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Psychiatry

Specialty Interests

AD(H)D, adult psychoparmacology, anxiety, anxiety and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, consultation liaison psychiatry, consultation psychiatry, coping with general and medical illness and specific medical illness, Depression, depressive disorders, emergency psychiatry, generalized anxiety, heart brain medicine, mood and anxiety disorders, mood disorders, Panic Disorder, psychiatric issues in epilepsy, psychosomatic medicine (consultation liaison psychiatry), social anxiety disorder, treatment of anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, epilepsy and behavior, epilepsy and behavior research interest, psychosis, Schizophrenia, telemedicine

Awards & Honors

  • 2001 Bruce Hubbard Stewart Award for ability to combine sensitivity and compassion with knowledge and skill in the practice of medicine
  • 2002 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award
  • 2002 Best Doctors in America
  • 2001 Member, American College of Psychiatrists
  • 2005 Teacher of the Year, awarded by Cleveland Clinic Psychiatry Residents
  • 2005 Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2008 Best Poster Award. Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting

Memberships

  • American Medical Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
  • American College of Psychiatrists
  • Ohio Psychiatric Association

Treatment & Services

  • 2nd Opinion Evaluations
  • Adult Psychoparmacology
  • Behavioral Epilepsy Diagnosis and Management
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cognitive/neuropsychological Evaluations
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Heart Brain Medicine
  • Liaison Psychiatry Consultation
  • Medication Management
  • Presurgical Behavior Health Evaluations
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Telemedicine

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/28/2014, Dr. Tesar has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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