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 Psychopharmacology
  • 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
View all 16 Specialties +


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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 served as the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Cleveland Clinic until 2009. From 1997 - 2009, he served as the Medical Director for Marymount Behavioral Healthcare Services and Cleveland Clinic Health System Behavioral Medicine Services. Dr. Tesar assumed Directorship of the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program from 2009 - 2015.

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 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, Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology (1993 - 2009)
  • Director of Behavioral Health, Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center
  • Director of General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program (2009 - 2015)


  • Internal Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Psychiatry

Specialty Interests

Adult psychopharmacology, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Coping with General Medical Illness and Specific Medical Illness, Depression and Depressive Disorders, Emergency Psychiatry, Epilepsy and Behavior Research, Epilepsy and Behavior Treatment, General Anxiety, Heart Brain Medicine, Mood Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Psychosis, Psychosomatic Medicine, Schizophrenia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Telemedicine

Awards & Honors

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


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

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/11/2019, 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

103 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Dr. Tesar is very caring. He understands and addresses all our concerns. He was proactive with a plan of action for us.

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

I really like better meeting face to face, in person than doing it by videoDr.Tesar secretary Kelly was extremely helpful and patient in helping me set the video appointment.

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

Dr Tesar is always pleasant, attentive and informative.

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

Video vists prevent the provider of observing the person in real life. This prevent the actual touching of the patient if necessary. Also, being able to view the patient's entire body, their posture, movements, reactions to dicussions could provide the provider with additional information. I think telemedicine is good when necessary but that in-person visits are the best care and should be the standard.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Dr Tesar always takes the time to listen to me and then he always had good suggestions as to how to deal a particular situation should it come up again. I have been under the care of Dr Tesar for 13 years now and I can say my quality of life is SO much better because of his care and compassion of his patients. I told him he cannot retire

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

dr. Tesar has a great personality that helped make me comfortable talking to him. it helped he listened well and joked to put me at ease

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dr. Tessar is once of the best Mental Health Provider I never meet before!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

dr Tessar and his staff are top of the line and represent The Cleveland Clinic in the best possible manner.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Dr. Tesar is the best. He genuinely cares about his patients and their best interest. I will never go see anyone else.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

I would highly recommend Dr. Tesar to anyone.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

seeing dr Tesar for ~24 years. he's the best! I'm dreading the day he retires. hope it's NOT soon.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Outstanding physician.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

The Clinic is my health care provider and will continue to be until I expire.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

dr. Tesar's genuine caring and comfort for my concerns made me feel at ease and relaxed.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

I have been seeing Dr Tesar since 1999 and I hope the Cleveland Clinic recognizes the gem they have in their hands. This man is not only extremely overqualified in his area of study but he also excels in the ability to relate to the patient. I fear for being able to find good care when he does choose to retire, and I jokingly told him he's not allowed to! This man has talked me out of suicide and has helped me survive with PTSD and being a teacher in urban school districts. I truthfully do not know what I would have done if he had not come into my life. I respect him so highly then I know he cares about each and every one of his patients. He has often called me late in the evening because he was still working just to check on me and follow up to confirm that I was okay. In this day and age I'm not sure that many people can say they have a physician that would be willing to do this

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Dr. Tesar, is one of a kind. Cleveland Clinic can't re-produce him. His heart is full of compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience. His style is unique and warm. He makes me feel "normal" and is always encouraging. He is one of a kind. I don't understand how his humanity continues to flourish under the umbrella at CCF. I am greatly blessed to have him as my physician.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Dr Tesar is so empathetic and caring. He even called Mom to see how she was managing.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Dr. Tesar is an excellent physician. He listens to his patient's, and tries to do the best he can! I wish I could recommend him to others. He's very smart and knows what he's doing. He's easy to talk to, and if he's going to make a med change, He explains it and makes sure you understand it also. Very Excellent Doctor!!!

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

I made previous comments about Dr. Tesar. He is an excellent Physician. He listens to his patient's, and if he makes any med changes, He makes sure you understand the changes and the reason why. One Doctor you never would want to leave.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

great physician that has truly listened to all concerns and thoroughly explained current conditions of my mental health

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

I received excellent care and concern from Dr. Tesar.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr. Tesar is an outstanding person and the very best provider. The Clinic should be proud to have him as a physician who truly cares about my well being. I am grateful for his dedication, compassion and professionalism. He should be recognized and honored for his service.

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

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