Dr. Hartmuth Bittner

Dr. Hartmuth Bittner

Dr. Hartmuth B. Bittner
Cardiovascular Surgery and
Thoracic Transplantation
President, Founder


Gulf Coast Cardiothoracic Surgery Institute founder Hartmuth Bittner, MD, PhD, FACS is one of the nation’s top heart surgeons. He specializes in minimally invasive procedures for cardiothoracic diseases, with a particular focus on high-risk and advanced stage patients. With extensive experience in leading-edge and minimally invasive techniques Dr. Bittner repairs and replaces mitral, aortic, tricuspid and pulmonary valves, performs surgeries to repair aortic aneurysms, restores arterial flow using off- and on-pump coronary bypass, and heart and lung transplantation.

Dr. Bittner is board certified in general, cardiac and thoracic surgery, as well as attained status as a Fellow of the American College of Surgery.


  • Chief of Advanced Cardiac Surgery and Chief of Heart and Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at the Florida Hospital’s Transplant Institute and Cardiovascular Institute in Orlando, Florida
  • Director of heart and lung transplantation at the Heart Center Leipzig in Germany
  • Professor of surgery at the University of Leipzig
  • Endowed chair of clinical and experimental thoracic organ transplantation at the University of Leipzig
  • Assistant professor of surgery at the University of Minnesota in the division of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
  • Visiting lecturer teaching anatomy at Harvard University’s School of Medicine


  • Medical degree obtained at University of Heidelberg Medical School in Heidelberg, Germany
  • Internship in cardiothoracic surgery at the German Heart Institute in Berlin
  • Residency training and fellowship in general and cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina

Dr. Bittner has made a commitment to advancing both his professional knowledge and the cardiothoracic industry. He has been published extensively, serving as primary and secondary author in more than 150 peer-reviewed medical journals. One of his most recent abstracts was accepted for presentation at the Heart Valve Society in March 2016. He is also active in cardiothoracic medical associations including Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.