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Bryan Whitson
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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.”

Highlights

  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2014, 2015

Medical Degree

  • M.D.
    Indiana University School of Medicine
    5/30/2001

Residency

  • General Surgery
    University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics
    7/1/2002 - 6/30/2004

Specialties and conditions I treat

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Device Removal
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic
  • Heart Defects, Congenital
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Heart Diseases
  • Heart Attack
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Cardiac Valve Annuloplasty
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Aneurysm
  • Diabetic Cardiomyopathies
  • Coronary Disease
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult
  • Pericardial Window Techniques
  • Tracheostomy
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic, Familial
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Flutter
  • Heart Arrest
  • Aortic Arch Syndromes
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Infarction
  • Heart Failure, Diastolic
  • Heart Failure, Systolic
  • Pericarditis
  • Dissection
  • Endocarditis
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • 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 Insufficiency
  • Tricuspid Valve Prolapse
  • Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
  • Heart Aneurysm
  • Bicuspid
  • Mitral Valve
  • Foramen Ovale, Patent
  • Heart Septal Defects
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated
  • Anterior Wall Myocardial Infarction
  • Inferior Wall Myocardial Infarction
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation
  • Coronary Artery Bypass, Off-Pump
  • Mitral Valve Annuloplasty
  • Heart Bypass, Right
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Ventricular Dysfunction
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Right
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Aortic Coarctation
  • Cardiomyopathy, Restrictive
  • Coronary Aneurysm
  • Coronary Vessel Anomalies
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial
  • Endocarditis, Non-Infective
  • Endocarditis, Subacute Bacterial
  • Heart Rupture
  • Heart Rupture, Post-Infarction
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular
  • Hypertrophy, Right Ventricular
  • Pericarditis, Constrictive
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Heart-Assist Devices
  • Shock, Cardiogenic
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Thromboembolism
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Heart Failure
  • Transplantation

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Locations where I practice

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More about my work

My background

Fellowships

  • Cardio Thoracic Surgery
    University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics
    7/1/2009 - 6/30/2012
  • Surgery
    University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics
    7/1/2004 - 6/30/2006

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery
11/17/2009

American Board of Thoracic Surgery
6/7/2013

My Department

Surgery

My Division

Cardiac Surgery

Industry 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 03/25/2016, Dr. Whitson has reported no financial relationships with medical device, research and/or drug companies.