Dr. Hartmuth Bittner, MD

Dr. Hartmuth Bittner, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
62 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Hartmuth Bittner, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Largo, FL and has been practicing for 23 years. He specializes in cardiothoracic surgery, adult cardiac surgery, and more.Read his story

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Carotid Artery Disease
more than 23% of peers

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Dr. Bittner's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Bittner "Gulf Coast Cardiothoracic Surgery Institute was formed by Hartmuth Bittner, MD, PhD, FACS, after serving as Chief of Advanced Cardiac Surgery and Chief of Heart and Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at the Florida Hospital transplant programs and Cardiovascular Institute in Orlando, Florida. Prior to his appointment with Florida Hospital, Dr. Bittner headed up the transplant team from the Heart Center Leipzig and the University of Leipzig in Germany, where he served as professor of surgery and was the endowed chair of clinical and experimental thoracic organ transplantation. He specializes in minimally invasive cardiac surgery using beating-heart technology, catheter-based valve interventions (TAVR), heart failure treatment and surgery, surgical treatment of structural heart, vascular and cardiopulmonary end-stage cardiopulmonary diseases, mechanical circulatory assist devices, and heart and lung transplantation. Dr. Bittner received his first academic degree from the National Academy of Sports, Sports Science and Sports Medicine in Cologne, Germany, and his medical degree from the University of Heidelberg Medical School in Heidelberg, Germany. He then attended multiple invitations to Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, as a visiting lecturer teaching anatomy. Afterwards he completed his internship in cardiothoracic surgery at the German Heart Institute in Berlin. He completed his residency training and fellowship in general and cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Bittner served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota in the division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery. He has published extensively as primary and secondary author in more than 150 peer-reviewed journals."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Bittner "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."

3  Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

36  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Syncope
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease


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22  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • National Academy of Sports, Sports Science and Sports Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • University of Heidelberg
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • German Heart Institute
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Duke University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Duke University Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

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