UC Health Welcomes Hartmuth B. Bittner to Cardiac Surgery Team

UC Health continues its nearly 200-year-old tradition of bringing together elite physicians from around the globe to provide the most comprehensive heart care available right here in Cincinnati.

Hartmuth B. Bittner, MD, PhD, joins the UC Health cardiac surgery team with a career that spans 28 years in performing cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery in the United States and abroad, while consistently being recognized by the American Health Council for his world-renowned contributions to the medical field.

Hartmuth B. Bittner, MD, PhD

Dr. Bittner also joins the Department of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine as an associate professor.

Customizing Patient Heart Care Plans

Dr. Bittner joins Chief of Cardiac Surgery Louis Benson Louis IV, MD, and cardiac surgeon Antonia Panza, MD, to provide the best care possible for heart patients.

“UC Health is thrilled to have Dr. Bittner join the cardiac surgery team because collectively as a group, we each bring together specialized skills that provide advanced treatments for patients,” Dr. Louis said. “This is an advantage for the community because the UC Health cardiac surgery team collaborates to customize plans that fit patients’ needs.”

UC Health routinely receives recognition from the American Heart Association for the quality of cardiac care it provides patients, including for heart failure and heart attack. With the addition of Dr. Bittner, the cardiac surgery team is able to tailor treatment plans for patients according to their needs while still ensuring a high level of care from internationally recognized physicians.

“I have found my professional happiness at UC Health,” said Dr. Bittner. “A single individual does not drive success; it’s the team. I can expand and complete our service line with our team.”

Committed to a High-Level Clinical Practice

Dr. Bittner specializes in many surgical areas that include:

  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery.
  • Minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs and replacement.
  • Advanced heart failure surgery.
  • Heart and lung transplantation.
  • Coronary revascularization.
  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.

Dr. Bittner began his medical career by serving as a diplomat in cardiovascular research at the National Academy of Sports Science in Cologne, Germany. While earning his medical degree at the University of Heidelberg Medical School, he also spent time serving as a visiting anatomy lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

Shortly after graduating from medical school, Dr. Bittner relocated to the United States to complete his residency and fellowship in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

Throughout his career, Dr. Bittner has consistently pursued excellence by advancing his professional knowledge through academic research. A few of his publication credits include “The Effects of Brain Death on Pulmonary Hemodynamics” and “Nitric Oxide Improves Vascular Impendence and Efficiency Following Cardiac Transplantation in the Setting of Recipient Pulmonary Hypertension.” Dr. Bittner presented both of these publications and his findings at the XVI World Congress on Diseases of the Chest in 1996.

In addition to academic research pursuits, Dr. Bittner was a longstanding member of the Eurotransplant International Foundation (Europe’s governing body for transplantation). He also spent a decade as the endowed chair with full professorship at the internationally renowned Heart Center of Leipzig.

“To me, listening to the patient and the patient’s needs are what is most important to provide the best care possible,” Dr. Bittner said. “To help complement this, I also strive to consistently be knowledgeable in my field, whether it’s from my medical experiences from around the globe or academic research. I can help make informed decisions for patients to provide them the best possible outcomes with their care.”

To date, Dr. Bittner is a primary and secondary author in more than 150 peer-reviewed medical journals. His most recent abstract was accepted for presentation at the Heart Valve Society in March 2016. He is the recipient of the American Colleges of Chest Physicians’ Young Investigator Award in 1994 and 1996 and the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Award of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 1997. He also is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bittner or one of our cardiac surgeons, call 513-475-8521. Discover more at uchealth.com/heart.

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