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Brian Lima

Brian Lima, M.D.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1215 21st Avenue South
Suite 5025
Nashville, TN  37232
United States
(615) 343-7363
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


Cornell University (B.A. 1998, Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude)
Duke University School of Medicine (M.D. 2002)
MGH/Harvard Medical School, Sarnoff Research Fellowship in Transplantation (2000-2001)
Duke University General Surgery Residency (2002-2009)
Duke University National Research Service Award Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery (2004-2006)
Cleveland Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship (2009-2012)
Cardiac Surgeon, Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeons, Austin, TX (2012-2014)
Surgical Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX (2014-2017)
Director of Heart Transplantation Surgery, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY (2017-2021)
Associate Professor of Surgery, Northwell Hofstra School of Medicine (2017-2021)
Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation & Mechanical Circulatory Support, Medical City Dallas Heart Hospital (2021- 2023)
National Physician Director in Cardiothoracic Surgery, HCA Healthcare (2022-2023)
Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2024-present)

Other Interests

Cardiac Transplantation
Mechanical Circulatory Support
Aortic Surgery
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Practice Areas

  • Cardiac
  • Minimally Invasive
  • Cardiac
  • Coronary disease
  • Electrophysiology/arrhythmia
  • Endocarditis
  • Extracorporeal circulation
  • Heart failure
  • Mechanical circulatory assistance
  • Valve disease
  • Tricuspid valve disease
  • Transplant
  • Great vessels
  • Aorta
  • Education
  • Professional Affairs