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.
"I always felt confident in Dr. Brinkman. He came highly recommended by two of my cardiologists. His personal manner is comfortable and easy-going.
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
"Excellent!!! The entire experience has been very positive -- from the beginning through the recovery. I am very glad of the decisions I made regarding my surgeon."
-- 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.