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When I realized I wanted to be a surgeon, I couldn t see myself doing anything else.

Dr. Brian Lima is a renowned leader and recognized authority on advanced heart failure, heart transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support devices that are surgically implanted to help provide full heart support for people with advanced heart failure. He serves as the director of Cardiac Transplantation at The Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, located at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.
When Dr. Lima was only 10 years old, his father survived a heart attack at a very young age sparking his son s drive to make a difference in the world of heart care. After that, I vowed early on that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people and their families pull through that scary experience, just as we had, he says.

That dedication to saving and touching lives carries over into his work today. Dr. Lima takes the time and effort to get to know his patients, keep them and their loved ones educated and informed, and prepare them for any potential complications. Within the area of heart surgery I focus on advanced heart failure many of the scenarios we re dealing with are imminently life-threatening situations, he says. I develop a deep connection with patients and their families, even offer them my cell phone number, so that they can feel comfortable and I can allay their fears.
Dr. Lima was instrumental in establishing the first and only full-service heart transplant program on Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. By bringing his years of thorough expertise and research to our community, Dr. Lima offers lifesaving opportunities to residents who otherwise would have to travel long distances for pre- and post-care and a lifetime of follow-up.

In addition to heart transplantation, Dr. Lima s expertise encompasses the entire spectrum of adult cardiac surgery, including coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repair and replacement, aortic surgery, and the surgical management of heart failure with ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Dr. Lima is at the forefront of innovation and is excited to work with the latest generation of assist devices, HeartMate 3, which allows the team to improve quality of life for patients. Dr. Lima also remains actively engaged in several ongoing clinical research studies; he has published 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented and lectured on advanced heart failure care at numerous national and international conferences, including for the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation.

Dr. Lima received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. During medical school, Dr. Lima was a recipient of the prestigious Stanley J. Sarnoff research fellowship award in cardiovascular sciences, which funded a year of investigation at the Transplantation Biology Research Center of the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in general surgery at Duke University Medical Center as well as a fellowship in cardiac surgery research in the Division of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery at the same institution. He then completed his cardiac and thoracic surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic, where he received the Dr. Charles H. Bryan Clinical Excellence Award in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 2012. His time at Cleveland Clinic also included a nine-month advanced fellowship in cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. He is now an associate professor of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

For Dr. Lima, a fascination with advanced medicine and a passion for helping people go hand in hand. The science behind heart transplantation is so exciting. The potential to save so many lives with such a precious resource to see the heart beating on its own after having been out of a body from somewhere else, hundreds of miles away it s just magic, he says. There s nothing else like that.



  • Board certifications

    • Thoracic Surgery - American Board of Thoracic Surgery

  • Academic titles

    • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • Medical school

    • Duke University School of Medicine

  • Residencies

    • Duke University Medical Center

  • Fellowships

    • Cleveland Clinic Education Foundation

  • Affiliations

    • Glen Cove Hospital

    • Huntington Hospital

    • Lenox Hill Hospital

    • Long Island Jewish Forest Hills

    • Long Island Jewish Medical Center

    • Long Island Jewish Valley Stream

    • North Shore University Hospital

    • Northern Westchester Hospital

    • Peconic Bay Medical Center

    • Phelps Memorial Hospital Center

    • Plainview Hospital

    • Southside Hospital

    • Staten Island University Hospital

    • Syosset Hospital

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