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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

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
View all 12 Treatment & Services +

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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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 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* 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

102 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

36 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

He is the best dr I have!

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

Dr Tesar is the best!

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

I will be very very sorry to see Dr.Tesar retire. With his knowledge and help I have been able to find the correct medication combination to truly feel happy. He has always listened to me and I am truly honored to have been under his care for the last several years to help me with my depression.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr. Tessar is one of the best physicians I've had to pleasure of knowing. He's not only a consumate professional but also an amazing person. There's nothing else that needs to be said.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

very happy with my care from Dr. Tesar

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

When I had my initial visit with Dr. Tesar years ago, and up to my most recent visit, he has been the only physician who has been able to treat my condition effectively. He has been a "unique" physician in today's world: extremely competent in all aspects of medical care and also very caring!! Thank you Dr. Tesar!!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Although Dr. Tesar is a phenomenal provider, scheduling appointments often has been difficult (time consuming).

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

I hope the Cleveland Clinic realizes the gift that they have in a physician like Dr. Tesar. I have been seeing Dr tesar since the year 2000 and he has essentially saved my life and improve the quality of my life in a way that no other doctor has

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

I love dr tease he really saved my life and for that I'm eternally grateful

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

my only bad exspirience is that the dr is going to retire in 6 months and I hope he can find me a dr as good as him

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

Dr. Tesar offered proactive explanations, and he genuinely seemed to care. I felt comfortable speaking with him, and sad that he's retiring.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

Dr Tesar always shows the utmost concern in caring for me as a patient. I can't imagine having gotten this far without him.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

Dr. Tesar is very empathetic

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Dr Tesar recognized, and is helping me manage anxiety as well as ADHD.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Dr. Tesar makes me feel very assured that he has my mental health at the top of his list. He reinforces all information to make sure we are on the same page.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

Overall I have had a superior experience as Dr. Tesar's patient from the beginning. honest, trusting and a high level of mutual respect.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

I already did recommend Dr. Tesar.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

The online visit was a great experience, was simple to connect, and Dr. Tesar did a wonderful job going over all the issues and questions that I had.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Dr. Tesar is a quality physician who deeply cares about the quality of life for his patients.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Dr. Tesar has always allowed for open dialogue to ask any questions or share concerns before he will give an opinion that is based upon the patient concerns and the manner in which he is able to assist

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

always a good experience with Dr. Tesar.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

There is a lot of paper work that needs completed before an appointment. Submitting the information to an email through a scan would be easier such as, scanning the physician's order with the medications on them.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

This was my first time attending an appointment with Dr. Tesar with Vito Faga. I was impressed with Dr. Tesar's honesty and kindness. I would recommend Dr. Tesar to others. Very good appointment

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Outstanding physician.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Dr. Tesar has been such a wonderful practitioner, and even more important, a kind man. I would not have made it without his care.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Dr. Tesar is kind, considerate, thorough and respectful of my input regarding my health.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Doctor Tesar takes the time to listen and explains his diagnosis very well

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr. Tesar is the only physician in 32 years who realized that my emotional concerns needed to be addressed.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

we couldn't connect for the virtual visit. I called Dr Tesar's assistant and he contacted me via FaceTime for the appt.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Dr. Tesar is a psychiatrist that listens to you and provides the best care that he can for his patients. we didn't get to do a video Appoint. D/T weather, my internet was going in and out D/T Storms in my area. We talked on the phone and went over how I've been and what is being done for the same, and how it's working. He addresses what's been going on and if the treatment I'm on is working. He always checks how you're doing and if something else will help more. He's just A Very Good Doctor, Something that's hard to find these days!

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

I would Recommend All the Doctors that has Treated me at Cleveland Clinic!!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

I have attempted 2 Virtual Visits with 2 CCF providers with no success on either appointment.

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.

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