Department Psychiatry and Psychology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

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
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Adult
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Coping With Chronic Medical Conditions
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Major Depression
  • Mood Disorder
  • Non-epileptic seizure disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Psychiatric Issues In Epilepsy
  • Schizophrenia
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About George Tesar, MD

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.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Mayo Medical School
Rochester, MN USA

Undergraduate - Yale University
Philosophy & Psychology
New Haven, CT USA

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)


  • 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


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

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 10/5/2018, 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

77 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 5
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Dr. Tesar and his staff at least that I've dealt with who schedule and all that have always been great but Tesar in Particular is I think the best doctor I've ever experienced in my life and have dealt with probably 100 or close to it and I wasn't always the best patient or the most respectful because having had so much disappointment or just bad doctors in the past I always came off defensive but he didn't let that effect him he stuck with it he never would be like no I'm right your wrong if I had an opinion about whatever he'd simply discuss it with me so quickly I realized that he wasn't just going through the motions like all other doctors in his field I've seen where they aren't really listening and caring all they're thinking is what to prescribe but I know from my personal experience and other instances I've witnessed he's what a doctor is supposed to be someone who truly cares for his patients gets to know them not just their problem will go way out of his way to help his patients now some may say how is he so good if you're not fixed and the simple answer is I have disorders without names and aren't known what exactly they do, and a lot of other crap that's physically abnormal and not understood by doctors in those fields which contribute to my mental state just need to find some doctors for the physical stuff like Dr. Tesar

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Dr. Tesar takes time and listens thoroughly, asking good questions when clarification is needed. He goes above and beyond to help, to research medications, to continue to help even when the situation is difficult. Having him be a part of the team is so valuable. To help us navigate this uncharted medical condition is extremely important to us. Thank you Dr. Tesar!

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Kelly from Dr. Tesars office is awesome. Richard at front desk awesome and Dr. Tesar is the best in the business. Truly cares abt his patients well being and gies out of his way to help us

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Dr. tesar listens and understands my problems I always am encouraged when I have a visit

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

I like Dr. Tesar Personality and his knowledge about understanding what I'm medically experiencing. Dr. Tesar is and great doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

I really like my doctor. Dr. Tesar is great! Knowledgeable , kind, and understanding. Explains my concerns to me in way that I understand them.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

I always talk about Dr. Tesar and how great of a Dr. He is . I also talk about the Cleveland Clinic and how great Neurology and staff are.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

Dr. Tesar is kind, compassionate, professional. There was an issue with new medication, and he responded to me in less then 24 hours.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

Dr. Tesar treats me like a person. I never feel categorized. When I leave his office my self-esteem and self confidence is at its peak

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019

tslking to the doctor was like getting a lheavy burden of my chest

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Dr. Tesar's therapeutic use of humor always helps me view my circumstances with a more realistic and optimistic lenses rather than a lender of cynicism, self-doubt, or victimized perspective that I can lean towards when life gets tough, a universal experience of life on our blue planet ;)

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

I have never had a bad experience with Dr. Tesar or his office staff. Dr. Tesar is very professional, and explains things very well. He is a Doctor that actually listens to his Patients, unlike many of Docs these days. I would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr. Tesar is an A-1 Doctor. He is up on any new meds or treatments. He is very smart and talks things over with you, if he has any ideas of trying. He explains it very well.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

His staff is very professional also. Very nice, and writes down any concerns of mine and passes it on to the Doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

I simply cannot express how WONDERFUL Dr. Tesar treats me, both as a patient and as a person. I'm very blessed to have him as my caregiver.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

*Dr. Tesar books up fast for appointments. Usually, have to wait 3-4 months.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

I feel *Dr. Tesar was a fantastic doctor when I began seeing him, but over the last year, he doesn't seem as caring or concerned like he used to. I have been seeing him for 4+ years.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

Dr. Tesar seems to put his patients above his own personal needs. He is often working until 8 to 9 in the evening, and shows a sincere love and dedication to his profession.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

I have been seeing Dr. Tesar since 1999, and he has always gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

As long as any new physicians joining this group maintain the value system currently displayed, they will continue to be successful. Although, Dr. Tesar himself will be unable to be replaced due to his level of skill and compassion for the profession, as well as his patients.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2018

Dr Tesar is great when i see him. he takes the time to listen. very few drs do that anymore.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2018

dr tesar goes into detail and gives information needed.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2018

dr tesar is almost always on tume. no waiting for him

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