Brian Thomas Bethea, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialities: Cardiac Surgery

Languages: English

About me

Brian Bethea, MD is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and the regional chief of outreach for the Baltimore region. He is board certified in thoracic surgery.

Dr. Bethea’s clinical interests involve minimally invasive approaches to valvular and structural heart disease. This includes procedures such as TAVR, transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement, transcatheter tricuspid valve repair and replacement, and multi-arterial coronary revascularization.

Dr. Bethea is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

After earning his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Bethea completed his residency in general surgery, followed by a fellowship in cardiac surgery, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Bethea has participated in nearly all major U.S. clinical trials for TAVR and has been involved in early feasibility trials for transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement. Due to his reputation, excellent outcomes, and high surgical volumes, he was selected to participate in past trials for the mitral and tricuspid valves, including Tendyne™, MitraClip™, ENCIRCLE, and TRILUMINATE. He is the only surgeon in Maryland to offer patient the latter two options.

He is a physician educator and proctor, traveling throughout the world to teach valve repair and replacement techniques to other surgeons. He serves as selection chair for the Tendyne trial, overseeing all patient selection for the entire trial.

Dr. Bethea has presented his work internationally and is widely published in all the major cardiothoracic medical journals. He was among the first authors to be published on the topic of transcatheter mitral valve replacement–a rapidly evolving and expanding field.

Philosophy of Care

“I aim to provide personalized, tailored care to each of my patients. Whether it’s a minimally invasive procedure, an open procedure, or a hybrid approach, I find the method that will best fit the person, rather than the other way around. Since I have been involved in the development of so many new technologies, I can provide patients with all their options, so we can make an informed decision together. I wholeheartedly believe in a team approach to providing care, and view patients, their families, and their referring physicians as integral members of the care team.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Aneurysm Of Ascending Aorta
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Arch Aneurysm
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Reoperative Cardiac Surgery
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Aneurysm Of Ascending Aorta
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Arch Aneurysm
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Ulcer
  • Aortic Valve Sclerosis
  • Double Aortic Arch
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Infiltrative Disorders Of The Heart
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion
  • Loeys Dietz Syndrome
  • Malignant Effusion
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Maternal Valvular Disease
  • Mediastinitis
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myocardial Bridge
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Rupture Of Papillary Muscle
  • Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Valvular Endocarditis
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect Asd Repair
  • Balloon Catheter
  • Bloodless Cardiac Surgery
  • Convergent Procedure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Cryoablation
  • Embolectomy
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Intra Aortic Balloon Pump
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure
  • Median Sternotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Atrial Septal Defect Asd Closure
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Paravalvular Leak Repair
  • Patent Foramen Ovale Closure
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pericardiotomy
  • Prosthetic Heart Valves
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
  • Pulmonic Valve Replacement
  • Reoperative Cardiac Surgery
  • Replacement Of Heart Valve
  • Septal Myectomy
  • Surgical Ablation Of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair
  • Thrombectomy
  • Total Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tube Pericardiostomy
  • Valvuloplasty
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Practice locations

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3333 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218

410-554-6550

Fax 410-554-6534

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (2008)

Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (2005)

Medical School: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (1999)

Hospital affiliations