Surgical Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Dr. Bittner joins the Florida Hospital 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, heart failure treatment and surgery, surgical treatment of structural heart, vascular and cardiopulmonary end-stage cardiopulmonary disease, mechanical circulatory assist devices, and heart and lung transplantation.
Hartmuth B. Bittner, MD 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 then completed his residency training and fellowship in general and cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Bittner then 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 numerous peer-reviewed journals about his research in cardiopulmonary transplantation. Dr. Bittner received his PhD degree from the University of Leipzig through the dissertation on the deleterious effects of brain death on donor organ function.
Board Certified in Surgery, Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Surgery.