Michael M. Koerner, M.D., Ph.D.

Critical Care Medicine, Transplant Medicine

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3400 NW Expressway
Bldg. C, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Michael M. Koerner, M.D., Ph.D. is the director critical care and associate director acute circulatory support at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. He is an internationally renown physician with expertise in cardiovascular diseases, heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and transplantation. As a native of Kappeln, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany he graduated from Maria-Sibylla-Merian College in Krefeld, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, in 1973 followed by 2 years of Civilian Service at the Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany. Dr. Koerner graduated from Heinrich-Heine University at Duesseldorf, Germany in 1981 where he also received his PhD in 1982 in Medical Sciences with honors. There he subsequently did a residency in Medicine and Internal Critical Care followed in 1984 by fellowships in Medicine, Radiology, Cardiovascular Critical Care and Cardiology at the Heart and Diabetes Center in Oeynhausen, University Hospital of the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. Here as leading member of the pioneering team of the cardiac surgeon, Dr. Reiner Koerfer, he spearheaded the development of a world class critical care, heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and transplant program, where he served as a medical director and physician educator.

Dr. Koerner designed in 1988 and led the center’s heart failure and cardiac transplant program which then in 3/89 transplanted the first adult recipient, followed by 38 until the end of 1989, followed by 121 in 1990 and 148 recipients in all age groups in 1991. 

In 1998 he was awarded by the Ruhr-University of Bochum the highest academic award (habilitation) in German medicine, and in 2004 the academic title of an Extraordinary Professor of Medicine.

Recruited with the help of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey he moved 1999 to Baylor College of Medicine at Houston, TX, as senior attending in the heart failure, cardiac transplant and mechanical support program (Methodist Hospital 1999 to 2005, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Texas Heart Institute 2005 to 2008). From 2008 until his move 2011 to Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey, PA, he re-established successfully the medical part of the heart failure, cardiac transplant and mechanical assist device program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX before and after hurricane IKE, and introduced the center’s LVAD destination therapy program. There he had been appointed the distinguished holder of the Stubbs Family Endowed Professorship in Cardiology, as well as honored with the Jose Esquivel-Avila, MD, Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010. He joined as a Professor of Medicine / Cardiology in 04/11 the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Hershey, PA before moving to Oklahoma City, OK in 08/14. Dr. Koerner still holds his academic position with the Medical School of the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany, and is an Adjunct Clinical Professor Internal Medicine/Cardiology at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences since 2016.

Dr. Koerner is author or co-author of more than 100 medical/scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, contributed to 29 book chapters, and is serving as a reviewer for several medical journals. He has US board equivalency in Cardiovascular Disease, Critical Care, Heart Failure and Transplant Medicine. Dr. Koerner is a member of the International Society of Heart Lung Transplantation, American Society of Transplantation, American Society of Artificial Organs, Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society among others. He has been an invited speaker on different continents and is fluent in both English and German.

Dr. Koerner’s interests include educating the next generation of physicians, preventive medicine, acute and chronic heart diseases, acute and chronic mechanical circulatory support, heart replacement by cardiac transplantation or total artificial heart, management of multi organ failure before or after solid organ transplantation, management of extracorporeal heart/lung assist devices, and pulsatile/non-pulsatile cardiac short- and long-term assist devices, pre- and postconditioning.

Accreditation / Boards
Internal Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine
German, English



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