Bryan Whitson

Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

Appointments: (614) 293-5502

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, 2015, 2016, 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training


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


University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics
7/1/2004 - 6/30/2006

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

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Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

My Department


My Division

Cardiac Surgery


84 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.6
  • Listens Carefully 4.8
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.7
  • Knows My Medical History 4.5
  • Shows Respect 4.8
  • Time Spent Together 4.6

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 01, 2018

Very professional and personable.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2018


Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

Very open and honest and personable.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2018

Saw Dr. Whitson and his team pre surgery. Excellent team. Lot's of communication and discussion.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018

Requested additional Echo information from prior providers to be able to fully determine IF surgery is needed now or later.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

Excellent in every way.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2018

Very professional seems to care a lot!!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2018


Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

informative & knowledgeable

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2018


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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/26/2018, Dr. Whitson has reported no relationships with companies or entities.