Thomas Risser MD: Chief Cardiologist
Dr. Risser has enjoyed a remarkable medical career in both the military and private sector. He attended Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his residency at the Cornell Cooperating Hospitals in New York City. After 3 years of active duty as a Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Risser moved to Boston to serve 2 years of Clinical Cardiology Fellowship at the Boston Beth Israel Hospital, followed by one year of a Research Cardiology Fellowship at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has served as a clinical cardiologist at Cambridge Health Alliance, Mount Auburn Hospital, and Spaulding Rehab Hospital of Cambridge from 1981 to the present.
Dr. Risser is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He holds a Certificate of Advanced Competency in Adult Echocardiography from the ASE, and a Certificate of Special Competency in Cardiac Pacing and Defibrillation from the Heart Rhythm Society.
Dr. Risser is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, and American Society of Echocardiography. Currently, Dr. Risser is the Medical Director for Noninvasive Cardiac Diagnostic Labs at The Cambridge Health Alliance and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
After 37 years of service in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy, Dr. Risser retired as a decorated Captain in 2013. He saw service on 8 aircraft carriers, 25 countries and territories, on 6 continents, as well as 20 of the U.S. states. CAPT Risser deployed to Fallujah, Iraq with his Marine Corps unit 2005-2006. He later served as Assistant Deputy Medical Officer to the Marine Corps, based in the Pentagon. Based on his experience in Iraq, Dr. Risser authored the novel, “Naked Treason”, available through multiple on-line vendors.” Beyond his military and cardiology duties, Dr. Risser is a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration. Dr. Risser was recently designated a “Top Doc” in Boston Magazine’s Dec 2017 edition.