Bryan Whitson

Bryan Whitson, MD, PHD

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Physician

Professor of Surgery

4.9 out of 5
  • 38 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 13 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


About Me

Bryan A. Whitson, MD, PhD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Division of Cardiac Surgery and serves as their lead lung transplant surgeon. A native Hoosier, Dr. Whitson completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University, his medical doctorate at Indiana University and his PhD at the University of Minnesota in Surgery, investigating the immunobiology of minimally invasive surgery. His general surgery training was at the University of Minnesota where he also completed a Clinical Fellowship in Surgical Infectious Diseases. Dr. Whitson subsequently completed his cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Minnesota.

He has 30 United States and international patents, several grants and more than 100 publications. He has presented nationally and internationally. Dr. Whitson serves on several committees both locally and nationally. He directs The Collaboration for Organ Perfusion, Protection, Engineering and Regeneration (COPPER) Laboratory at Ohio State, which brings together transplant surgery, endothelial cell biology and biomedical, mechanical and chemical engineering experts. His clinical and research interests include lung and heart transplantation, ECLS/ECMO and mechanical circulatory support.

In this free time, he enjoys being with his family and experiencing the outdoors during all seasons.

Dr. Whitson’s personal treatment philosophy is:

“I believe that each patient, his or her condition and his or her situation is unique. While we have many advanced therapies that can help treat these conditions, we have to match therapy to the patient's wishes. Major illness can be overwhelming and life changing. I work with my colleagues in pulmonary and cardiac medicine to create personalized treatment plans for patients with advanced lung and heart diseases. Each plan is tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs, which may include specialized medical management, cardiothoracic surgery, thoracic transplantation or mechanical support. We do our best to meet the patient’s emotional needs, as well as his or her medical condition.”
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2014-2019

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Coronary Disease
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Dissection
  • Pulmonary Heart Disease
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis
  • Heart Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Prolapse
  • Bicuspid
  • Mitral Valve
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation
  • Coronary Artery Bypass, Off-Pump
  • Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Annuloplasty
  • Heart Bypass, Right
  • Ventricular Dysfunction
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Heart Diseases
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Robotics
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Heart-Assist Devices
  • Shock, Cardiogenic
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Failure
  • Transplantation

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

My Videos

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Indiana University School of Medicine-Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
8/1/1997 - 5/30/2001


University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
6/1/2001 - 6/30/2002


University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
7/1/2002 - 6/30/2004


University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
7/1/2004 - 6/30/2006


University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
7/1/2007 - 6/30/2009


University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
7/1/2009 - 6/30/2012

Board Certification

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Academic Information

My Department


My Division

Cardiac Surgery

More About My Work


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

38 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.7 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.8 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    5.0 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on May 11, 2023

    Dr. Whitson took time to listen too, and answer all my questions, and concerns. Compassionate doctor! Good experience during a stressful time.

  • Reviewed on May 05, 2023

    Was well aware of my medical history and offered a solution to my health needs.

  • Reviewed on May 04, 2023

    Very professional & efficient. Positive feedback & explains all questions asked fully with explanations that were easily relatable to me.

  • Reviewed on Feb 28, 2023

    Dr. was great/

  • Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023


  • Reviewed on Sep 08, 2022

    The provider (Dr. Bryan Whitson) was excellent. He answered all my questions and explained my options thoroughly. He took all the time necessary to make me feel good about my decisions.

  • Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

    It was a good experience. Again he was knowledgeable and made me feel confident in his abilities.

  • Reviewed on Aug 01, 2022

    Very good.

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/30/2022, Dr. Whitson has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Medtronic
  • Transmedics