Walter Howard Brott, MD

Walter Brott

Title: Emeritus Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Company: University of Tennessee Medical Center
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Walter Howard Brott, MD, Emeritus Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in thoracic surgery.

With many years of experience to his credit, Dr. Brott currently holds the designation of an emeritus cardiothoracic surgeon with the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Prior to his tenure with the aforementioned medical center, he found success at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as the assistant chief of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery from 1971 to 1976 and as the chief of cardiothoracic surgery from 1977 to 1984. Dr. Brott previously completed service in the United States Army between 1959 and 1982, advancing to such ranks as a first lieutenant, the commander of the Third Surgical Hospital in Vietnam, the commander of the 18th Surgical Hospital and a colonel.

Dr. Brott was drawn to the field of medicine as a result of his father’s rewarding medical missions as a Lutheran minister. He initially embarked upon his professional path at Yale University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1955. He subsequently graduated from the University of Kansas with a Doctor of Medicine in 1959. In addition to these accomplishments, he obtained diplomas from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Moreover, Dr. Brott pursued an internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 1959, a residency in general surgery at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center from 1960 to 1964 and a residency in thoracic surgery at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center from 1967 to 1969.

Beyond his primary responsibilities, Dr. Brott excelled as a professor of surgery and an adjunct professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and as a chief surgical consultant for the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. He was also an associate clinical professor of surgery and an honorary clinical professor at the University of Tennessee and a member of the joint review committee for the Council for Perfusion Education and Accreditation. Recruited to the physicians’ panel with the Heritage Foundation since 1991, he had also provided his wealth of knowledge as the former senior editor for the Emergency War Surgery Handbook, the chairman of the editorial board for NATO and an author for myriad published articles in his field. Dr. Brott has been additionally affiliated with the American Medical Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Washington Medical Society, Association of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces, International Platform Association and Alpha Omega Alpha, among others.

As a testament to his exemplary military efforts, Dr. Brott has been presented with a  Legion of Merit with an Oak Leaf Cluster, a Bronze Star, a Cross of Gallantry, a First Class Action Medal and a Meritorious Service Medal. He was further honored with a Certificate of Achievement from the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. Likewise, Dr. Brott has been recognized as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Reflecting on his career, he is specifically proud of his training of medical professionals throughout his storied career, as his trainees have established renowned heart surgery programs, served on specialty boards and flourished within their respective disciplines. Looking toward the future, Dr. Brott hopes to complete writing and editing his literary debut. To attest to his legacy, he is listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in the World.

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