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Department Breast Services
Primary Location Scully-Welsh Cancer Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Primary Location

Scully-Welsh Cancer Center

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
  • Mammogram
  • Mastectomy
  • Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic Surgery for Breast Cancer
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Procedures
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
View all 11 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia (ALH)
  • Axillary Mass - Pain/Swelling
  • Benign Breast Disease
  • Breast Abscess
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer - High Risk
  • Breast Cancer - Mass, Lump or Swelling
  • Gynecomastia
  • Nipple Discharge
  • Paget's Disease
  • Recurrent Breast Cancer
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About Eleni Tousimis, MD

Eleni Anastasia Tousimis MD, MBA, FACS is a board-certified General Surgeon who is a nationally renowned specialist in breast cancer surgery. She recently joined Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in 2021 as the Director of the Scully Welsh Cancer Center.  She was previously the Director of the Ourisman Breast Center, Chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and Fellowship Director of the Breast Oncology Fellowship in Washington D.C. Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Dr. Tousimis attended Dartmouth and Mount Holyoke College where she graduated cum laude. She then received her medical degree from Albany Medical College. Following her breast surgery fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, she completed additional specialty training in minimally invasive surgery of the breast at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. Dr. Tousimis was previously Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and served as Associate Program Director of Surgical Education. She has been recognized for her pursuit of new initiatives in breast cancer management, including nipple-sparing mastectomy, partial breast radiation, and new anesthetic techniques for breast surgery. As a well-respected clinician, researcher, and teacher, Dr. Tousimis holds a variety of leadership positions in several professional societies. She was the 99th President of the American Medical Women’s Association and acted as Section Editor of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal. She has been recognized as one of Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors, Top Surgeons and Best Doctors in 2009-present. She has received numerous awards including an Achievement Award from the City of New York for her surgical skill, compassion, and service as well as the Kalopthakis Award, which recognizes the contributions of female physicians.

 In 2016, she was recognized for her compassion and asked to be the physician on call for his Holiness the Dalai Lama when he visited Washington D.C.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
cambridge, MA

Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Breast Oncology Surgery
New York, NY

Residency - Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
General Surgery
Sayre, PA

Medical Education - Albany Medical College


Undergraduate - Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

Undergraduate - Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH United States


  • Surgery - General Surgery
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 1/5/2024, Dr. Tousimis has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Tousimis receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Medtronic ATS Medical, Inc.

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

201 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 5

47 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2024

I have already recommended Dr. Tousimis to many friends.

Reviewed on May 28, 2024

I traveled 3 hrs to see Dr Tousimis. I trust and respect her brilliance and kind bedside manner.

Reviewed on May 23, 2024

Dr Tousimis showed great respect by assisting me in walking to the examining table. Dr Tousimis has been consistently considerate of me since my first appointment with her.(I have lower back and hip pain.)

Reviewed on May 23, 2024

I would not hesitate to recommend Dr Tousimis to others.

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Highly pleased with professionalism, compassion and expertise of Dr. Tousimis. So thankful she's part of our medical community which has been lacking quality care for too long. I have the utmost confidence in knowing she has my best health interests at heart.

Reviewed on May 9, 2024

Dr Toussimes and Shelby listen to me and spend as much time as I need.

Reviewed on May 9, 2024

Dr. Eleni Tousimis is the best doctor I have along with her staff: PA Shelby, nurse Sheryl and nurse Sandy. Exceptional skills and care they have provided to me from the 1st consultation and post surgery. I'm glad I found Dr. Tousimis and choose her and her team to take care of me during this difficult time.

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

Dr. Tousimis and her PA, Shelby, are the best! They are caring and compassionate and competent. They are an asset to the Cancer Center.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr. T is the best - I like how she listens and gives good suggestion! I am thrilled with all the new programs she has created for breast cancer patients and super excited to take advantage of the acupuncture program - I've set my 5 essions!

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

I have a lot of trust in Dr. Tousimis and the decisions she makes. The practice is run well, and everyone is courteous and helpful. The wait time was quite brief.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

My experiences at Cleveland clinic and with Dr. Tousimis have been excellent. When I arrive to the hospital I experience a sense of calm knowing that I'm going to be very well taken care of. I'm very grateful for this.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

My surgeon Dr. Tousimis and PA Shelby always great me with great kindness, warmth and support. The information I need to know is delivered to me clearly an effectively and any course of action is always one that I feel most supported in. I am very grateful to have them in my life.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

Again,my experiences have been excellent. I would highly refer this hospital and Dr. Tousimis practice, as it would add definite value to their life.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2024

Dr Tousimis takes her time to explain and enrertain my questions. My first appointment with her I feel comfortable and at ease knowing that my doctor and her staff seems to care their parients a lot.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

It is very daunting when one hears they have cancer. Dr. Tousimis and her staff were very helpful and kind in explaining my situation and options and helping me to make my decision about my treatment path.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Tousismis and Shelby were both excellent in the care they provided.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

So far, my experiences have been wonderful with Dr Tousimis and all other parties with whom I have interacted. I feel positive that I am receiving excellent healthcare. Thank you!

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

Dr. Tousimis is exceptional! She takes time to listen and always provides thorough explanations. She has included my daughter and son-in-law, who live in New Hampshire, in all my appointments via phone and they, too, are very impressed with her. Shelby, Dr. Tousimis's PA has also provided excellent care. She was quickly available to me by phone when I was at home the day after surgery and experiencing some difficulty.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

Dr Tousimis was professional and very caring. I am very pleased and happy I am her patient.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

Would recommend Dr Tousimis and her staff.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024

Dr. Tousimis has been wonderful! She really stuck with me through this bumpy journey and got me back on the road to recovery. Her medical knowledge and decisions really made a huge difference.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr Tousimis was very professional, matter of fact and informative.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Very good experience with staff, nurses as well as Dr Tousimis,

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Dr. Tousimis and her PA, Shelby Martin are A+ practitioners. They are competent, Incredibly compassionate, caring and helpful. Their kindness and competence has been first rate. I'm so grateful to have been able to work with such a wonderful, caring team of Dr. Tousimis, Shelby Martin nurse Sheryl and Sandy the nurse navigator.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

I'm happy to highly recommend Dr. Tousimis and her team of Shelby and Sheryl and Sandy. The care I received was top-knotch. I felt cared for by a very competent and compassionate team. We are lucky to have them here in Indian River County.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr Tousimis is exceptional, as is her assistant, Shelby. Would highly recommend her and her staff.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Dr T is very thorough and friendly.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

I would highly recommend Dr T.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Between Shelby, my PA and Dr. Tousimis, I felt like I was in the best hands possible. Both were professional, knowledgeable and addressed my concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr. Tousimis and her team, Shelby and Sheryl, give excellent professional care every time I see them. As a patient, so comforting to know I am being cared for by this gold standard team and facility. It means everything to me.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

I always recommend Dr. Tousimis and the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center for anyone dealing with cancer. We are so fortunate to have this level of care in our community.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr Elain Tousimis the GREATEST!

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr Tousimis is world class. Comforting, knowledgeable, down to earth and calmed my nerves.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

As noted previously. Dr Tousimis is exceptional. She makes complicated information digestible. Especially during a challenging time.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr Tousimis is a kind and wonderful human.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Dr. Tousimis and all clinical staff were Amazing!

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr Tousimis was caring and informative.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

I couldn't have been happier with my visit at Cleveland Clinic. The nurse, along with Dr. Tousimis were friendly, making it easy to relax and ask questions.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

Love Dr tousimis!

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

I have received exceptional care at Cleveland Clinic Indian River. In every department, with every medical staff person, and my surgeon Eleni Tousimis, MD and Physician Assistant Shelby, I've experienced extreme technical skill, thoughtful communication, and great kindness.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Unlike some of my previous experience with medical care in Vero, mostly having to do with just getting to see a practitioner, my experience with Dr. TOUSIMIS and her staff was excellent. She is friendly and informative. I was most impressed that after she said they would schedule my next appt. I received an electronic notice and my next mammogram is scheduled.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Dr. Tousimis is an excellent doctor. She is personable, highly competent and thorough in her exams and explanations. I feel very secure under her care.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Dr. T and Shelby Marti are the most fantastic people. They have treated me so well and I am just thankful to have had them and continue to work with them. THANK you.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

She is wonderful. Very thoughtful and caring. Dr Tousimis makes her patients feel like their are her friends and/ or family. I trust her professional skills and her great abilities as a surgeon..

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr. Tousimis is truly and amazing and gifted surgeon. My husband and I did a lot of research on surgeons in Florida and by far she rises to the top. I feel very fortunate to have her on my team to help me in my cancer journey.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr. Tousimi is the best everyone connected to her is exceptional

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Appreciated Dr Tousimis's thoughtfulness in discussing my options and possible procedures.

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