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Derek Brinster

Derek Ralph Brinster, M.D.

Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health System
Lenox Hill Hospital, 4th Floor, Black Hall
New York, NY  10075
United States
1 212 434 6030
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic



University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1992)
University of Pennsylvania (M.D. 1996)
University of Pennsylvania (General Surgery Residency 1996-2003)
Brigham and Women's Hospital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship (2003-2004)
Brigham and Women's Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency (2004-2006)
Arizona Heart Hospital- Endovascular Fellowship May/June 2005
University of Pennsylvania, Thoracic Aortic Surgery Fellowship July/August/September 2006
Virginia Commonwealth University, Professor of Surgery,Director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery 2006 to 2014
Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health System, Director of Aortic Surgery - 2014 to current

Other Interests

Endovascular and Vascular Surgery
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection Surgery
Valve Sparing Aortic Root Reconstruction
Complex Adult Cardiac Surgery
Mitral Valve Repair
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Additional Educational Information

Dr. Brinster is devoted to improving patient outcomes in cardiac surgery. He is the Director of Aortic Surgery for the Northwell Health System. The Northwell Health System is the largest health care system in New York State, and the seventh largest in the country.

Dr. Brinster completed his undergraduate, medical school, and general surgery training with honors at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of his general surgery training, Dr. Brinster went to Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital for cardiothoracic surgery training. During this period, he became trained in complex cardiac surgery and minimally invasive valve reconstruction. 

Dr. Brinster joined the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia as the Director of Aortic Surgery. The aortic program developed innovative and minimally invasive techniques to provide advanced aortic care with reduced morbidity to patients. The program rapidly expanded and became a regional and national referral site for complex aortic disease pathology. 

Dr. Brinster also led the development of the Heart Valve Program in which he was the Surgical Director of the Structural Heart Valve Program. Dr. Brinster was promoted to full Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

In July 2014, Dr. Brinster joined the Northwell Health System to lead the Aortic Surgery program. Dr. Brinster directs the Center for Aortic Disease with the mission of delivering advanced, compassionate care of aortic disease that promotes improved healthcare outcomes.

Dr. Brinster had published extensively on multiple topics in cardiac surgery, has been awarded “Top Doc” by his peers, and is the member of multiple surgical and professional societies.