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Bryan Whitson, MD

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(614) 366-7414

I specialize in:

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Anterior Wall Myocardial Infarction
  • and 83 more


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.”

More about me:

My Background

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Thoracic Surgery


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

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


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

Medical Degree

Indiana University School of Medicine

My Department