Hello! My name is Dr. William Brinkman and I am a heart surgeon having graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1996. To date, I have performed approximately 1,000 cardiac surgical procedures, of which 500 involved heart valve operations. I perform surgery at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Medical Center of Plano, and Medical City Dallas.
"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."
"I can't say enough good things regarding my experience with Dr. Brinkman and his office staff. He made me fell like he cared and was very knowledgeable on the procedure. His office staff was always very pleasant and made me fell like I was in good hands. I highly recommend him."
"Dr Brinkman was in the hospital during my angiogram. He looked at the pictures and developed a plan for double bypass, aortic valve replacement including root and ascending aorta before I left the hospital from this procedure.
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. "
"Dr William Brinkman is very good and well experienced surgeon. He was very friendly with me and he listened very carefully to my questions. I did not notice any single problem with him. Dr. Brinkman is so nice. Thank you very much to him for save my life."
"Dr Brinkman is very professional. His description and opinion on my procedure was frank and detailed. He kept my family informed of my condition during the surgery. Dr Brinkman is friendly and encouraging. The valve replacement was successful and I am recovering nicely."
"Dr. Brinkman spent an additional 5 hours in surgery to repair the valve rather than implant a mechanical valve. My family and I are grateful for his kindness and consideration. He has a central focus on his patient whether at the hospital or at his office. The hospital staff hold him in high regard for his abilities and his kindness. You could not ask for a better surgeon. I am thankful my cardiologist recommended Dr. Brinkman for my procedures."
"Dr. Brinkman repaired my aortic aneurysm and gave me a new aortic On-X mechanical valve on September 24, 2013 (4 days after my 30th Birthday). I was naturally very nervous about having open heart surgery and had hundreds of questions. Dr. Brinkman was so patient and literally spent hours answering my questions at the appointments before my surgery. He was very considerate to try to meet my needs. Being a younger woman, I was very concerned about how the scar would look. So, he assured me that he would keep the incision as low as possible, which he did. He also had a plastic surgeon close the skin back up to help minimize the scaring. Dr. Brinkman genuinely cares about his patients and is probably the most patient Doctor I have met. I am so thankful for my second chance at life that Dr. Brinkman and modern medicine provided me so that I can live a full life with my husband and 3 year old son. Thank you Dr. Brinkman for saving my life! "
"I first met Dr. Brinkman over 4 years ago after discovering I had an aortic root aneurysm. Some of my physician friends referred to the repair as “complex” thoracic surgery, and I was very concerned with both the selection of my surgeon and the facility that would perform the surgery.
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!"
"This doctor is amazing. His bedside manner was so great and sweet. Dr. Brinkman has such compassion. He cares about his surgery. He cares about what your going to look like when he is done and he makes sure he does everything right. And, he is very handsome too. I would and have recommended this surgeon to everyone I meet. I feel I would have done them an injustice if I didn't recommend the best man for the job at hand. "
My cardiac specialties include:
- Aortic valve repair
- Mitral valve repair
- Thoracic aortic aneurysm
I have the following clinical interests:
- Bicuspid aortic valve disease
- Thoracic aortic aneurysms
- Aortic dissection
"I believe my greatest strength as a heart surgeon is determination, patience, and persistence to maximize optimal results for every patient."
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.
I have relationships with several insurance providers including:
- UHC, Aetna and others
4716 Alliance Blvd.
Plano, TX 75093
(888) 512-4682 A map of our clinic is provided below.