- Tampa Bay's premier practice for patients with advanced heart and lung conditions.
- Our patient-centered care approach helps patients understand available treatment options.
- Patients choose our surgeons for their skill and experience in performing complex procedures.
Thank You For my Second Chance at Life!
My wife took me to a local hospital in Pasco County on the 18th of March, 2016. The ER doctor informed me that I had a heart attack and would be transported to Tampa General Hospital for Bypass Surgery. My wife and I were unprepared for this stage of my […]
Extremely Patient and Understanding
My husband was recently advised by his cardiologist that he needed open heart surgery immediately. He advised us he had already contacted a heart surgeon by the name of Dr. George Makdisi. Within a few hours Dr. Makdisi came into my husbands hospital room and in minutes made us feel […]
Impressed and Very Grateful
I recently had open heart surgery and was a patient of the Gulf Coast Cardiothoracic Surgery Institute. From my first visit with Dr. Bittner I felt confident and very much at ease about the surgery and the prospects of its success. Both Dr. Bittner and his colleague, Dr. Makdisi, provided […]
Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
In minimally invasive heart surgery, cardiac surgeons perform heart surgery through small incisions in the right side of your chest, as an alternative to open heart surgery. Surgeons operate between the ribs and don't split the breastbone (sternotomy), which results in less pain and a quicker recovery for most people.