Thomas Bixler Tallahassee
Retired Medical Professional
A Tallahassee native, Thomas Bixler began training for his future career at Emory University School of Medicine, where his excellent academic performance earned him induction into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Bixler was the only Emory student to gain entry to the distinguished Straight Surgical Program at Johns Hopkins University.
Following his surgical training, Thomas Bixler joined the faculty at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, advancing to the position of Professor and Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Aside from his teaching activities, he pursued the development of the first heart transplant program in Kansas. In 1985, he moved back to Florida to initiate and direct a heart transplant program at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he subsequently founded the Heart and Vascular Center. Before retiring from his profession, Dr. Bixler was the founder and director of the cardiothoracic program at South Georgia Medical Center.