John T Bricker

December 20, 1952May 13, 2013
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Dr. John Timothy Bricker was born December 20th 1952 and raised in Ohio. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors in 1973 from Malone College in Canton, Ohio. He was awarded a medical degree with honors from Ohio State University in 1976. Dr. Tim Bricker did his pediatric residency, chief residency and a cardiology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. In 1983, he joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine and was appointed Chief of Pediatric Cardiology in 1992. Dr. Bricker completed an MBA at the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business in 2002 and was appointed Vice Chair of Pediatrics at Baylor. In 2004, he became the Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky. He remained at Lexington until 2011, when he returned to Houston to take the role of Director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at UT Health Medical School and Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. He was married to Janet Lynn Bricker on August 25th, 1973. He is survived by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen and Valarie (Bricker) Morton and their three children Lauryn Kelly, Sarah Lynn, and Rebecca Paige; Mr. and Mrs. John Franklin (III) and Nikki Bricker and their two children Emily Jo, and Lily Ann; and Susan Bricker and Charlotte Kucera. He is also survived by his mother, Becky Bricker, his two sisters, Carol Carnes, and Connie Byler who are all from Ohio. Funeral arrangements will be held at 11:00AM, Thursday, May 16th at Levy Funeral Directors in Bellaire, Texas with a viewing Wednesday, from 5-8PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Malone University or the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2013
  • Burial Thursday, May 16, 2013

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November 19, 2013

Thank you Dr. Bricker for your kindness, teaching, and for being an inspiration!

Dianne Atkins

September 24, 2013

Tim served with me on the Council on Cardiovascular Disease of the Young of the American Heart Association. His passion and advocacy for children with heart disease was very evident. I always appreciated his support during my time as Chair of the Council. My condolences to his family and colleagues.

Dianne Atkins

Adam Reisch

September 7, 2013

Dr. Bricker was my Cardiologist from my birth until he went to Kentucky. My last memory of him was going to visit him in 2004 at TCH and him knowing he had inspired me to pursue Medicine gave me one of his stethoscopes which I still have he then looked at me and said "work hard and you will get use this one day". He was the most gentle caring man I ever knew, and it saddens me to hear of his passing. He will be missed greatly. I'll miss you Dr. Bricker.

Hal & Jackie Hofman

June 15, 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Dr. Tim on the board of the Kentucky Children's Hospital. Dr. Tim was tireless in his efforts for Kentucky's children and KCH. Janet and family you have our deepest condolences.

Rebecca McCullough

June 13, 2013

Dr. Bricker was a very calm, caring and knowledgeable person. He was completely dedicated to helping the patients under his care; he treated the patient and the patient's family with dignity, always understanding of our fear and anxiety of the unknown. He always was comforting and you knew he cared passionately about each and every one of us. Dr. Bricker was selfless and love was emanated his very being. He was a wonderful person, a skillful physician and a child of God. I didn't want my only son to have a heart defect; I tried to get him care in the late 1990 in Houston but had horrible experience after horrible experience. I didn't trust the cardiologists in Houston and for 10 years I drove in access of 400 miles to get my son the care he needed. God gave me Dr. Bricker, we were in crisis and that is the only reason I considered a Houston doctor and I got Dr. Bricker. He took my son's case on as his personal physician and walked us through every step of the surgery. As I cried tears of fear he reassured. Now I cry tears of gratefulness and pray for his family's peace. There will be a day when we all are side by side with this wonderful, kind loving servant.

Yisha Zhang

May 29, 2013

We had the privilege to know Dr. Bricker because my daughter has a VSD. We would never forget our first visit at Physician building. Alice was a little fuzzy ( she was only 4 month old then). Dr.Bricker had us sit in the chair, and got down on his knees to listen to her heart.He picked up Alice , held her in his arm, and played with her.Alice smiled. I have never seen a doctor so caring. His expertise in cardiology helped Alice beyond what I could express in words.When UT physician called to reschedule Alice's appt and we learned the sad news, tears came into my heart and out of my eyes. Our thoughts and prayers went out to the family, and Alice will always remember that she had been very fortunate to be cared by Dr. Bricker.

May 20, 2013

Tim and I were fellows together, sharing the same "closet" for an office. He had just finished as chief resident and as a cardiology fellow, the house staff would daily ask for his help to "start an IV". He never said that he was too busy with his new responsibilities as a fellow. Together we began to compile a list of medical neologisms and bizarre research projects that brought humor to our long days as fellows. Tim was not only a learned and accomplished pediatric cardiologist but also a great pediatrician. Most of all he was a an exceptional human being. God bless you Tim. I am a better person for having known you.
Mark Duster MD Colorado Springs, CO

Michael Anstead

May 19, 2013

What a great doctor and human being. No one cared more about Kentucky's Children. It was a privilege to work with him. he made me a better doctor and a better person. The world will really miss him.

Eric and Carmelann Zintz

May 17, 2013

Tim was not only a great Cardiologist, teacher, advocate, mentor, humanist and friend, but he was one of the best individuals I have ever had the honor to know. His passing beings sadness, but his memory brings smiles just as his presence did each day he was with us. He will be missed. Our heart and prayers go out to his family.

Heinrich Taegtmeyer

May 17, 2013

When I returned from a trip yesterday I learned that our colleague, Dr. Tim Bricker, had passed away last week. Tim was the Director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at UT Health Medical School and Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.
I knew Tim for 30 years and first met him when he was a junior faculty member at Texas Children's Hospital. When he became Chief of Cardiology at TCH in 1992 he has helped me to establish a rotation for the UT fellows at TCH (which was possible in those days). Our fellows ranked it consistently as one of the best rotations at the time. Tim went to Kentucky, and then returned to Houston two years ago. At this time our school was fortunate to recruit him, and in his short tenure he had already made a major impact in his division, the Department of Pediatrics, and the school.
In the 1990s Tim and I served together in the group of Associate Editors for Circulation when Dr. Willerson was the journal's editor-in-chief.Through this I got to know Tim even better. I admired his unfailing willingness to help and to serve when he was called upon to serve. Really, the best of American values. And I remember his fairness and unfailing collegiality, even in the most difficult of times for him personally.
Tim's tenure with us at UT was cut short by illness. I am certain that he will live on the the hearts of those who knew him, and as an inspiration to all of us in the cardiology community.

With profound gratitude.
Heinrich Taegtmeyer