Hello! My name is Dr. William Brinkman and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1996. To date, I have performed approximately 1,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Medical Center of Plano, and Medical City Dallas. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is determination, patience, and persistence to maximize optimal results for every patient.
"Dr. Brinkman did a fantastic job on my aortic repair, and I am so thankful for his excellent care!"
-- Karen Bessel, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 04/14/2015
"If having surgery can be described as wonderful - then I am the one to express just that.
Dr. Brinkman is experienced, professional, and completely trustworthy. His caring "bedside" manner - both in his office, as well as at your actual bedside, is most comforting when facing a procedure that is difficult and delicate. Dr. Brinkman's staff is equally professional and willing to be helpful in any given situation. Whenever I had questions, I was provided answers that I could understand. If I needed a hand to hold to ease my fears, Dr. Brinkman's team was there for me. My surgical procedure was successful. I have had no problems recovering.
If I ever have another procedure that requires the need of an Aortic Specialist, I would not hesitate to call Dr. Brinkman. I can refer him without any reservation or hesitancy. I consider myself fortunate to have had a doctor, who had my life in his hands, be Dr. Brinkman."
-- SALLY WALLS, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/18/2015
-- Bernard Schraegle, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 12/17/2014
I had some health issues that made my healing a higher risk, but I came through it all beautifully and I feel that I am healing well!"
-- Jacquelyn Schafer, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/08/2014
I was out of the hospital in 5 days and released to return to work in 30 days with no restrictions. My employer required an additional Echocardiogram. When the technician pulled it up on the screen, she said, "Wow!" When I asked what was wrong she stated, "Nothing. That is a beautiful valve". When I told her who it was, she said "He sure knows what he is doing. Everything is in place like it should be". To Dr. Wiliam L. Brinkman, YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
-- Timothy Montgomery, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/13/2014
-- Gary Gray, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/17/2013
-- virginia mcrae, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/30/2013
When the operation took place, he also fixed a few other things to stop my atrial fibrillation. He checked on me after surgery twice a day. I was in over Thanksgiving and he was always available. He is a quiet guy but you just know he is awesome. His nurse practitioners who also visit at least once a day are also very knowledgeable and great at explaining all aspects of the surgery and recovery including what all the medications do. "
-- Allen Helms, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 11/25/2013
-- jagpal Bhatia, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/22/2013
-- John Hyatt, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/12/2013
-- Christopher Rollins, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 09/30/2013
Dr. Brinkman is kind and caring. After surgery, he stayed with me in the hospital until he was sure that all of my questions were answered, and I was comfortable with the recovery plan."
-- Dennis ODay, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/30/2013
-- Rachel Wright, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 09/24/2013
After numerous meetings with doctors in three different facilities, I chose Dr. Brinkman for the following reasons:
- His credentials for Aortic valve repair and replacement of the aorta were impeccable and this was backed up by references from physicians that I know personally.
- Dr. Brinkman took the time to review all of my questions and was very realistic and up front with the risks and options available to me.
- Dr. Brinkman coordinated closely with my cardiologist and radiologist every six months to come up with a single consensus view of when surgery was appropriate. He did not push for the surgery prematurely and in the end, he followed my case for 4 years as the aneurism grew worse before recommending surgery.
- His level of confidence and overall optimism is contagious and helps with any patient facing something this serious.
- He is old enough to have experience and young enough to have the stamina for a lengthy fight to save a patient.
The procedure went very well and his entire team was a pleasure to work with; Dr. Brinkman’s follow up with myself and my family has been excellent.
I would not consider a surgeon or facility that did not handle this type of condition at least once a week and was fortunate to have a world class facility like Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano so close to home. The value of a local facility was demonstrated several weeks following my discharge when I had a minor complication and needed to return to the ER.
By the time I arrived, the staff was fully aware of my condition and had access to all of my medical records and was in direct contact with my physicians. This cannot be discounted if considering travel to a distant location for a complex procedure where you will be completing your recovery back home.
To anyone facing this type of repair all I can say is please don’t wait until it is too late to get it fixed. It is hard to submit to something like this when you have no external symptoms but at some point you have to take the risk of surgery over waiting until it was too late. Dr. Brinkman can be trusted to help determine when the time is right and to do the procedure with great skill and care.
It has been just over 5 months post-surgery for me now and I have fully recovered. I am writing this referral letter from an airplane where I loaded my own luggage in the overhead compartment. The cloud that descended on me and my family with the realization I had this serious condition has now lifted and I am keeping up with my work/travel requirements again as if it was nothing more than a distant memory. Thank you Dr. Brinkman!"
-- Jeffrey Gullo, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 07/16/2013
-- Rebecca Dutcher, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/07/2013
Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
Dr. William Brinkman, heart surgeon, graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1996.
I completed my general surgery residency at Emory University, School of Medicine in 2004. After that, I completed my cardiothoracic surgery residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital in 2006. In 2007, I was a fellow of thoracic aortic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Penn in 2007.
I am certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Since 2008, I have served as the Medical Director at the Cardiopulmonary Research Science and Technology Institute (CRISTI) in Dallas, Texas.