Brian A. 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

Clinical Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine
Residency, Baylor College of Medicine
MD, University of Florida

Long-term Survival in Bilateral Lung Transplantation for Scleroderma-Related Lung Disease
Chan, EY, Goodarzi, A, Sinha, N, Nguyen, DTM, Youssef, JG, Suarez, EE, Kaleekal, TS, Graviss, EA, Bruckner, BA, MacGillivray, TE & Scheinin, SA 2017, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Controlled Intrapericardial Delivery Of Prostaglandin Formulations For Heart Failure
Filgueira, CS, Igo, SR, Bruckner, BA, Ferraro, F, Shah, DJ, Estep, JD & Grattoni, A 2017, George and Angelina Kostas Research Center for Cardiovascular Medicine , Houston, United States, 10/24/17 - 10/25/17, .

The Lung Transplant Risk Model - A Nationally Validated Tool for Pre-Transplant Risk Assessment
Chan, EY, Nguyen, DT, Sinha, N, Kaleekal, TS, Goodarzi, A, Youssef, JG, Bruckner, BA, Suarez, EE, Scheinin, SA, Graviss, EA & Gaber, AO 2017, pp. S114-S115. DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2017.01.293

Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) as a Bridge to Adult Heart Transplantation: Bridge to Bridge Strategy vs Direct ECMO Bridge Strategy (UNOS Analysis)
Hannawi, B, Estep, J, Nguyen, D, Graviss, E, Trachtenberg, B, Bhimaraj, A, Park, JM, Bruckner, BA & Guha, A 2017, pp. S137. DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2017.01.359

Caregivers of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Possible Impacts on Patients' Mortality and Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support-Defined Morbidity Events
Bruce, CR, Minard, CG, Wilhelms, LA, Abraham, M, Amione-Guerra, J, Pham, L, Grogan, SD, Trachtenberg, B, Smith, ML, Bruckner, BA, Estep, JD & Kostick, KM 2017, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, vol 10, no. 1. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.116.002879

Improved Outcomes With the Evolution of a Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Approach to Right Heart Sarcoma
Abu Saleh, WK, Ramlawi, B, Shapira, OM, Al Jabbari, O, Ravi, V, Benjamin, R, Durand, JB, Leja, MJ, Blackmon, SH, Bruckner, BA & Reardon, MJ 2017, Annals of Thoracic Surgery. DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.10.054

Impact of age, sex, therapeutic intent, race and severity of advanced heart failure on short-term principal outcomes in the MOMENTUM 3 trial
Goldstein, DJ, Mehra, MR, Naka, Y, Salerno, C, Uriel, N, Dean, D, Itoh, A, Pagani, FD, Skipper, ER, Bhat, G, Raval, N, Bruckner, BA, Estep, JD, Cogswell, R, Milano, C, Fendelander, L, OConnell, JB & Cleveland, J 2017, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2017.11.001

Risk Assessment and Comparative Effectiveness of Left Ventricular Assist Device and Medical Management in Ambulatory Heart Failure Patients. The ROADMAP Study 2-Year Results
Starling, RC, Estep, JD, Horstmanshof, DA, Milano, CA, Stehlik, J, Shah, KB, Bruckner, BA, Lee, S, Long, JW, Selzman, CH, Kasirajan, V, Haas, DC, Boyle, AJ, Chuang, J, Farrar, DJ & Rogers, JG 2016, JACC: Heart Failure. DOI: 10.1016/j.jchf.2017.02.016

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: 10.1152/ajplung.00142.2016

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: 10.14503/THIJ-15-5131

Case Report: Cardiac Tumor Resection And Repair With Porcine Xenograft
Abu Saleh, WK, Al Jabbari, O, Ramlawi, B, Bruckner, BA, Loebe, M & Reardon, MJ 2016, Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol 12, no. 2, pp. 116-118. DOI: 10.14797/mdcj-12-2-116

Case Report: Cardiac Tumor Resection And Repair With Porcine Xenograft
Abu Saleh, WK, Al Jabbari, O, Ramlawi, B, Bruckner, BA, Loebe, M & Reardon, MJ 2016, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 12, no. 2, pp. 116-118. DOI: 10.14797/mdcj-12-2-116

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: 10.14503/THIJ-15-5130

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: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.07.087

Case Report: A Rare Case of Left Atrial Hemangioma: Surgical Resection and Reconstruction
Abu Saleh, WK, Al Jabbari, O, Bruckner, BA & Reardon, MJ 2016, Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol 12, no. 1, pp. 51-54. DOI: 10.14797/mdcj-12-1-51

Case Report: Delayed Type A Aortic Dissection Following Complete Debranching of the Aortic Arch and Stent Graft Placement
Al Jabbari, O, Abu Saleh, WK, Irshad, A, Christensen, T, Bruckner, B, Bismuth, J & Loebe, M 2016, Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol 12, no. 1, pp. 45-47. DOI: 10.14797/mdcj-12-1-45

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: 10.14503/THIJ-14-4873

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: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000249

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: 10.1165/rcmb.2015-0145OC

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: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.10.017