About Dr. William Brinkman,
Heart Valve Surgeon
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 3,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 2,500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is determination, patience, and persistence to maximize optimal results for every patient.
After receiving my medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1996, my focus has been on helping patients with cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, minimally invasive treatments for patients with cardiac valve problems, aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections.
I currently serve as the Director of the Thoracic Aortic Clinic at Baylor, Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano. My special areas of expertise are aortic valve repair, the ross procedure for aortic valve replacement, aortic valve sparing procedures of the ascending aorta and aortic root, endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections, complex open repair of problems involving the aortic arch and thoracoabdominal aorta, surgery for patients with genetic/connective tissue disorders such as Marfan Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Loeys-Dietz Syndrome.
Our medical center is one of the busiest, performing heart surgeries as the fourth largest in the nation treating patients with cardiovascular surgical needs. In addition, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano has a Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) highest rating of 3 Stars in 4 separate categories of heart surgery. This honor is quite rare.
47 Patient Reviews for
"I had valve replacement and an ascending aorta bypass. Praise the Lord that I was referred to Dr. Brinkman! I write this recommendation one day post discharge."
-- Mark Reeder, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 09/07/2023
"I must admit, when I was facing the prospect of aortic valve replacement and coronary bypass surgery, I was apprehensive and frightened.
Dr. William Brinkman was very reassuring and had such confidence in my surgery outcome, that I knew I was with the right physician. My surgery was successful, and Dr. Brinkman and all the staff at Plano Heart Hospital were all phenomenal!
If you have a heart condition, I would highly recommend Dr. Brinkman and The Plano Heart Hospital and the quality of care you receive. "
-- Ross Bausone, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/19/2023
I never had anyone who didn't spend time to explain everything that was going to occur and and what I would be going through. No one ever left my room without making sure I had everything that I needed and understood the progress of my case and what to expect next.
I have told everyone I know that if you have a major cardiac surgery that has to be performed, the hospital in Plano and the staff there make it the best place on the planet to be."
-- Don Royder, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/18/2023
-- Gary Hurd , Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/11/2023
He was so personable and detailed in regards to going through all the steps with my dad prior to scheduled surgery, he made him, my mom and his 3 of the 5 kids in Texas feel very comfortable with his professionalism at all times.
Dr. Brinkman was very thorough and has the most amazing team that worked with him and all the nurses at the Heart Hospital as well.
We could not have asked for a more professional, kind, amazing team during such a difficult time for the entire family. It was a very hard decision to make. We could not be more happy with the results and his team from start to finish. We would highly recommend Dr. Brinkman to anyone who needs any heart surgery. He is the best and we’re so thankful and grateful to him for giving us 15/20 more years with our dad.
The most professional and kind-hearted doctor and team our family has ever met. (Fyi, my dad and brother are physicians themselves. We drove from Houston to Plano to come to Dr Brinkman.)
Thank you again to Dr. Brinkman and his entire team and all the nurses and staff at the Heart Hospital of Plano. We made the best choice and could not be happier. You’re in great hands with Dr. Brinkman without a doubt. Written by Ronit Konwar (the patient's son)"
-- Seymour Goldberg, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/30/2023
Once my procedure began, he realized that he would have to deviate from the plan, he skillfully made decisions that ensured the best possible outcome. After my procedure was completed, he fully briefed my family on what he had done and more importantly, why he completed the procedure as done.
Dr. Brinkman visited me post-surgery to ensure that I understand exactly what had been accomplished and why. I am truly blessed to have had Dr. Brinkman as my surgeon. I would gladly recommend him to anyone needing heart surgery!!"
-- Frank Murray, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 05/23/2023
Prior to surgery, Dr. Brinkman answered all our questions, and clearly explained to me what to expect, while my surgery was long and complicated, he made the right call at the right time. Dr. Brinkman has got a team of highly talented and dedicated people everyone great bedside manner and every meeting was very informative and helpful.
I highly recommend Dr. Brinkman, he not only saved my life but also gave me the quality of life that I am happy with. "
-- Kalyanaraman Rajamani, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 05/10/2023
As he was replacing my Aorta he said his worst nightmare came true as my Aorta was so calcified that every part of it just disintegrated in his hands. But Praise the Lord him and his team came together and had a plan and worked together to save my life. He did tell me after surgery that I was real close to Cardiac Arrest and we did surgery at the perfect time.
I highly recommend Dr. Brinkman. His bedside manner was very informative, patient and kind. His whole team were amazing as well. He saved my life."
-- Cindy Henson , Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 04/12/2023
-- Victor Gamez, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 04/12/2023
Dr. Brinkman and his team truly care for their patients. My family and I always had a sense of relief speaking to him and his team. What I truly appreciate the most is that being an out-of-town patient, they still make time to follow-up with me to ensure that my recovery continues to progress. Thank you Dr. Brinkman!"
-- Maria Oliva, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 04/07/2023
-- Steve Puckett, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/06/2023
-- Brent Hillery, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/04/2023
-- Randall Zeller, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 03/22/2023
-- Troy Oakley, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 01/03/2023
The procedure was without problem. Post-op, Dr. Brinkman and his team provided excellent care in the hospital. The procedure was minimally-invasive and left me with a small scar. I had no pain. I highly recommend Dr. Brinkman."
-- Elizabeth Seabrook, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 08/16/2022
-- Paula Marie Pippin, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/21/2022
So far, almost a year later, everything has gone extremely well with my new valve and the surgery results in general. Thanks, Dr. Brinkman!!!"
-- Walter Schwagerman, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 04/16/2022
The hospital team is really amazing as well. Instant attention to your needs and they have experience, education and integrate perfectly with the doctors and each other.
It seems this smallish hospital gets more and more acclaim every year. And it deserves it. I felt lucky to have my needs taken care of here. "
-- Richard Williams, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, Maze Procedure, 10/22/2020
-- Ron Blank, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/19/2020
-- Frank Minden, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/24/2020
-- John Martin, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, 12/31/2019
-- Olugbenga Fasusi, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 12/20/2019
-- Mark Mobley, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 12/17/2019
-- Randy Neal, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/21/2019
I feel 100% and have a new lease on life!"
-- Robert Torti, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 01/23/2018
-- Paul Nixon, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 11/14/2017
-- Donna Abraham, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/18/2017
Thanks to Dr. Brinkman and his wonderful stall, I have a new lease on life!"
-- Gary Wiggins, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/27/2017
-- Cyril Doherty, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/26/2017
-- Rodney Cooper, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 02/02/2017
-- Doug Armitage, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 01/30/2017
-- Mary Lou Adams, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 08/17/2016
-- Francis Daniels, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 08/03/2016
-- Karen Bessel, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 04/14/2015
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 O'Day, 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
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Aortic valve repair
- Minimally invasive mitral valve repair
- Thoracic aortic aneurysm
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Bicuspid aortic valve disease
- Thoracic aortic aneurysms
- Aortic dissection
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. William Brinkman, heart surgeon, graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1996.
Training to become a cardiothoracic surgeon has been a fulfilling process Dr. Brinkman.
Dr. Brinkman's journey to become a leading cardiac surgeon includes:
* General Surgery Residency at Emory University, School of Medicine 1997-2004 * Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School 2004-2006 * Complex Aortic Surgery Fellowship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 2006-2007
Dr. Brinkman is certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
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