Bryan Whitson

Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Physician
4.7 out of 5
  • 130 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 35 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

  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation
  • Heart Bypass, Right
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Heart Diseases
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Aneurysm
  • Coronary Disease
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Dissection
  • Pulmonary Heart Disease
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Bicuspid
  • Mitral Valve
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated
  • Coronary Artery Bypass, Off-Pump
  • Heart Valve Prolapse
  • Tricuspid Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Annuloplasty
  • Ventricular Dysfunction
  • Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
  • 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. Please call the “Schedule an appointment” number shown above for scheduling assistance.

My Videos

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

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


University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics, Crookston, MN

6/1/2001 - 6/30/2002


University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics, Crookston, MN

7/1/2002 - 6/30/2004

Research Fellowship

University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics, Crookston, MN

7/1/2004 - 6/30/2007


University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics, Crookston, MN

7/1/2004 - 6/30/2006

Chief Resident

University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics, Crookston, MN

7/1/2007 - 6/30/2009


University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics, Crookston, MN

7/1/2009 - 6/30/2012

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

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.

130 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.6 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.6 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.8 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.7 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

    Up till now very good.

  • Reviewed on Jul 02, 2020

    High concern - for my needs.

  • Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

    no bad

  • Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

    The doctor was very informative and didn't make me feel he was in a hurry.

  • Reviewed on Jun 08, 2020

    best of care

  • Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

    2 total good experience.

  • Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

    He was very knowledgeable of my care and attentive to my needs/concerns.

  • Reviewed on Jan 07, 2020

    Dr. Whitson explained what my next step would be and was very well aware of what I would be up against and gave me info to think about.

  • Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

    This doctor was knowledgeable, caring and explained what he would do to help me resolve my health problem.

  • Reviewed on Aug 06, 2019

    Just met him but he seems like someone I would trust.

Load More Comments

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 11/21/2019, Dr. Whitson has reported no relationships with companies or entities.