Brian Bruckner, MD

Bruckner,  Brian
Cardiac Surgery, Adult Cardiac Transplant Surgery
Primary Office
Address 3501 Johnson Street
Dept: Total Heart Center
Hollywood, FL 33021
Alternate Location
Address 1150 North 35th Avenue
Ste 440
Hollywood, FL 33021

About Me

I am a cardiothoracic transplant surgeon at Memorial Healthcare System. I care for patients with heart and lung failure, and perform general cardiothoracic procedures. I specialize in heart transplantation, lung transplantation, ventricular assist devices, artificial heart and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). 

As a heart transplant surgeon, I am able to utilize advanced technology, devices and new treatment methods to help some of the sickest patients recover from illness. My approach to care is very straightforward, compassionate and caring. I enjoy getting to know my patients and their family members, encouraging open dialogue about their diagnosis and treatment plan, and developing a support group of loved ones to help my patients through their illness.  

In addition to providing patient care and my leadership duties, I also have an extensive clinical research background and have been an investigator in many of the key clinical trials in the field of advanced heart failure.

Before joining the team at Memorial, I served as the surgical director of the heart transplant program at Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Houston, Texas – a well-established, high-volume heart transplant program with outstanding clinical outcomes. I also led the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and ECMO programs at Methodist.

Related Medical Services


  • University of Florida College of Medicine, 1997
  • Baylor College Of Medicine, 1998, Surgery
  • Baylor College Of Medicine, 2005, Surgery
  • Texas Heart Institute, 2007, Thoracic Surgery
American Board of Surgery-Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery



Please view Dr. Brian Bruckner’s publications on PubMed


  • Research Grant from Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 1991
  • The Methodist Hospital Dyer Fellowship Award, 2007
  • “Cooley Hands” International surgical society, 2007

Professional Organizations

  • American Medical Association 
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery
  • Harris County Medical Society 
  • American Society of Artificial Internal Organs 
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant 


My research focuses on cardiac stem cell therapies for heart failure patients, ventricular assist devices and myocardial re-modeling during LVAD support. I have had the pleasure of being an investigator in many of the key clinical trials in the field of advanced heart failure.

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