Brian Bruckner, MD, PhD, MBA

Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiovascular Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Assistant Research Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Bruckner is a cardiovascular surgeon at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. His specialties include cardiothoracic, transplant surgery and placement of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). In January 2007, he was inducted in to the “Cooley Hands” International Surgical Society. Dr. Bruckner is a member of the American Medical Association, the Harris County Medical Society, the Society of Artificial Organs and the International Society of Heart & Lung Transplantation.

Description of Research

Dr. Bruckner´s research centers around cardiac stem cell therapies for heart failure patients, and myocardial modeling during LVAD support.

Areas Of Expertise

Stem cells Myocardial modeling LVADs
Education & Training

, Baylor College of Medicine
, University of Florida

Macrophage bone morphogenic protein receptor 2 depletion in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and Group III pulmonary hypertension
Chen, NY, Collum, SD, Luo, F, Weng, T, Le, TT, Hernandez, AM, Philip, K, Molina, JG, Garcia-Morales, LJ, Cao, Y, Ko, TC, Amione-Guerra, J, Al-Jabbari, O, Bunge, RR, Youker, K, Bruckner, BA, Hamid, R, Davies, J, Sinha, N & Karmouty-Quintana, H 2016, American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, vol 311, no. 2, pp. 238-254. DOI:

Total artificial heart implantation after excision of right ventricular angiosarcoma
Bruckner, BA, Abu Saleh, WK, Al Jabbari, O, Copeland, JG, Estep, JD, Loebe, M & Reardon, MJ 2016, Texas Heart Institute Journal, vol 43, no. 3, pp. 252-254. DOI:

Right atrial tumor resection and reconstruction: With use of an acellular porcine bladder membrane
Abu Saleh, WK, Al Jabbari, O, Ramlawi, B, Bruckner, BA, Loebe, M & Reardon, MJ 2016, Texas Heart Institute Journal, vol 43, no. 2, pp. 175-177. DOI:

Surgical Treatment of Primary Cardiac Sarcomas: Review of a Single-Institution Experience
Ramlawi, B, Leja, MJ, Abu Saleh, WK, Al Jabbari, O, Benjamin, R, Ravi, V, Shapira, OM, Blackmon, SH, Bruckner, BA & Reardon, MJ 2016, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, vol 101, no. 2, pp. 698-702. DOI:

LVAD BTT Risk Score Predicts 1-Year Mortality in Patients Bridged to Transplant with a CF-Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
Guha, A, Nguyen, DTM, Amione-Guerra, J, Trachtenberg, B, Bhimaraj, A, Bruckner, B, Suarez, EE, Gaber, AO, Graviss, E, Park, MH & Estep, J 2016, International Society of Heart lung Transplantation , United States, 4/27/16 - 4/30/16, .

Successful Use of Surgically Placed Impella 5.0 and Central Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Circuit in a Patient with Postcardiotomy Shock
Abu Saleh, WK, Mason, P, Jabbari, OA, Samir, H & Bruckner, BA 2015, Texas Heart Institute Journal, vol 42, no. 6, pp. 569-71. DOI:

Lung procurement from a donor on ECMO support
Dewei, R, Saleh, WKA, Jabbari, OA, Ramlawi, B, Bruckner, BA, Suarez, E & Loebe, M 2015, ASAIO Journal, vol 61, no. 6, pp. e40-e41. DOI:

Altered Hypoxic-Adenosine Axis and Metabolism in Group III Pulmonary Hypertension
Garcia-Morales, LJ, Chen, N-Y, Weng, T, Luo, F, Davies, J, Philip, K, Volcik, KA, Melicoff, E, Amione-Guerra, J, Bunge, RR, Bruckner, BA, Loebe, M, Eltzschig, HK, Pandit, LM, Blackburn, MR & Karmouty-Quintana, H 2015, American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. DOI:

Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation After Intracardiac Parachute Device Removal
Abu Saleh, WK, Al Jabbari, O, Bruckner, BA, Suarez, EE, Estep, JD & Loebe, M 2015, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, vol 100, no. 2, pp. 720-722. DOI:

Persistent blood stream infection in patients supported with a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device is associated with an increased risk of cerebrovascular accidents
Trachtenberg, BH, Cordero-Reyes, AM, Aldeiri, M, Alvarez, P, Bhimaraj, A, Ashrith, G, Elias, B, Suarez, EE, Bruckner, B, Loebe, M, Harris, RL, Zhang, JY, Torre-Amione, G & Estep, JD 2015, Journal of Cardiac Failure, vol 21, no. 2, pp. 119-125. DOI:

MDCT assessment of mechanical circulatory support device complications
Vivo, RP, Kassi, M, Estep, JD, Bhimaraj, A, Trachtenberg, BH, Orrego, CM, Loebe, M, Bruckner, BA, Nabi, F, Mahmarian, JJ, Zoghbi, WA & Chang, SM 2015, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 100-102. DOI:

Continuous flow left ventricular assist devices: shared care goals of monitoring and treating patients
Estep, JD , Trachtenberg, BH, Loza, LP & Bruckner, BA 2015, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 33-44. DOI:

Treatment strategies for patients with an INTERMACS I profile
Abu Saleh, WK, Jabbari, OA, Guha, A, Loebe, M & Bruckner, BA 2015, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 4-8. DOI:

Safety and efficacy of ixmyelocel-T an expanded, autologous multi-cellular therapy, in dilated cardiomyopathy
Henry, TD, Traverse, JH, Hammon, BL, East, CA, Bruckner, B, Remmers, AE, Recker, D, Bull, DA & Patel, AN 2014, Circulation Research, vol 115, no. 8, pp. 730-737. DOI: , 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.115.304554

Microporous polysaccharide hemosphere absorbable hemostat use in cardiothoracic surgical procedures
Bruckner, BA, Blau, LN, Rodriguez, L, Suarez, EE, Ngo, UQ, Reardon, MJ & Loebe, M 2014, Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, vol 9, no. 1, 134. DOI:

Autotransplantation for the Resection of Complex Left Heart Tumors
Ramlawi, B, Al-jabbari, O, Blau, LN, Davies, MG, Bruckner, BA, Blackmon, SH, Ravi, V, Benjamin, R, Rodriguez, L, Shapira, OM & Reardon, MJ 2014, Annals of Thoracic Surgery. DOI:

Hypoxia-induced deoxycytidine kinase contributes to epithelial proliferation in pulmonary fibrosis
Weng, T, Poth, JM, Karmouty-Quintana, H, Garcia-Morales, LJ, Melicoff, E, Luo, F, Chen, NY, Evans, CM, Bunge, RR, Bruckner, BA, Loebe, M, Volcik, KA, Eltzschig, HK & Blackburn, MR 2014, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, vol 190, no. 12, pp. 1402-1412. DOI:

Echocardiographic evaluation of hemodynamics in patients with systolic heart failure supported by a continuous-flow LVAD
Estep, JD, Vivo, RP, Krim, SR, Cordero-Reyes, AM, Elias, B, Loebe, M, Bruckner, BA, Bhimaraj, A, Trachtenberg, BH, Ashrith, G, Torre-Amione, G & Nagueh, SF 2014, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol 64, no. 12, pp. 1231-1241. DOI:

Blockade of IL-6 trans signaling attenuates pulmonary fibrosis
Le Thanh-Thuy, T, Karmouty-Quintana, H, Melicoff, E, Le Thanh-Truc, T, Weng, T, Chen, NY, Pedroza, M, Zhou, Y, Davies, J, Philip, K, Molina, J, Luo, F, George, AT, Garcia-Morales, LJ, Bunge, RR, Bruckner, BA, Loebe, M, Seethamraju, H, Agarwal, SK & Blackburn, MR 2014, Journal of Immunology, vol 193, no. 7, pp. 3755-3768. DOI:

A simplified echocardiographic technique for detecting continuous-flow left ventricular assist device malfunction due to pump thrombosis
Estep, JD, Vivo, RP, Cordero-Reyes, AM, Bhimaraj, A, Trachtenberg, BH, Torre-Amione, G, Chang, SM, Elias, B, Bruckner, BA, Suarez, EE & Loebe, M 2014, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, vol 33, no. 6, pp. 575-586. DOI: