Thank you Dr. Bricker for your kindness, teaching, and for being an inspiration!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Please accept my understanding and sympathy in the death of Dr.
Bricker. In the Linkwood area my husband and I were privileged to be neighbors.
Judy Rice, 3826 Linkview, Houston
We first met Dr. Bricker when we decided to start a charity event in Lexington called the Keeneland Concours that benefits the Kentucky Children's Hospital he was always at our meetings, always helping us with the car selections, taking the little children around the day of show and picking out a winner, always cheering us on to make it a success. 10 years later we're still going. Dr. Bricker was so special to all of us at the Concours. We will miss our friend. Our deepest condolences to the family.
In the journey of life, there are special souls we encounter by sheer providence and Tim Bricker was one such. I was a pediatric gastroenterologist at UK during his tenure as chair.
I will always cherish his memory and hope have learned a little bit from his unselfish, unassuming, smart intellect.
My thanks to Dr. Bricker for his care during his time at UK.
Dr. Bricker was one of the nicest doctors I've ever worked with. The family is in my prayers.
One of the only "Worlds Best Doctors" I've worked with. I will miss you Dr. Bricker.
Dr. Bricker was Chief of Cardiology at TCH when my son had a valve replacement and pacemaker implant at age 14. He wasn't involved directly in my son's care, but Dr. Bricker remembered him by name when we meant again 20 years later. He asked after my son and offered his continuing support for his care. We have all lost someone very special.
God bless him and his family, he was such a wonderful doctor and human being, thanks for being so kind with my baby Ian.
I only worked with him for a few years but this was one of the kindest men I have ever known. He loved his job and helping children.. :) I feel lucky to have known him and I will never forget him, this world will not be the same without him.
It was my privilege to know Dr. Bricker when I served as Director of the UK Center for Rural Health. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the mission of our center, and his energy, optimism, compassion and enthusiasm were an exemplar to all those he touched. My deepest condolences to his family.
Dr. Bricker will be misssed by many. He was loved by many and will never be forgotten. May the Lord give peace to all who share his dreams. Relay on the strenght that God gives to cope with such a loss. Phillippians 4:6,7
I'm so very sorry to hear of Tim's passing. I was a new PICU nurse at Texas Children's when I first met him as he finished his cardiology fellowship. Over our years at TCH, we worked together in different capacities, and I will always remember and respect him for his gentle spirit, his caring and dedication as a doctor, his unique wit and philosophic prowess, and his commitment to his values. My condolences to his family in this difficult time ... Know that Tim truly made a difference to others in his life.
You know the kind of doctor that inspires you when you are young and makes you want to grow up to be like them? Well he was THAT kind of doctor. One of Texas Children's pediatric cardiology's finest. I first met him when I was doing research in myocarditis/transplant rejection with Dr. Towbin and Dr. Schowengerdt. I got to work with him when I did my visiting rotations in medical school, and then we all referred patients to him as attendings at TCH. All our patients loved and highly respected him for his knowledge, skill, and his character....and well....we did too. He died way too young and will be so very missed. :(
Condolences to the Bricker family...words can never express enough appreciation for how much he gave to so many children and his colleagues. The world is a better place because he was here.
I first met Tim when I interviewed for Fellowship at Texas Children's in 1983, arriving as a green Cardiology Trainee in 1985. From the very beginning Tim warmly welcomed me and Patti as colleague and friend. Over the next decade, I had the privilege of working closely with Tim, becoming his partner on the Transplant Service upon joining the faculty and being his Associate Chief before his promotion and ultimately his leaving for Lexington to be Dept. Chair. Oh the many great stories he told. I was also privileged to get to know Janet and watch them as a role model family. Tim mentored me (and most of the trainees during that era), became a friend and role model to us all, and left a lasting impression on Texas Children's and Baylor College of Medicine, the patients and families that he touched, and the field of Pediatric Cardiology. He will be missed. Patti and my thoughts go out to Janet and the entire Bricker family.
Patti and Jeff Towbin
Dr. Tim Bricker was one of the finest human beings that I ever met. He was completely dedicated to helping the patients under his care, to assisting his co-workers, and to educating his students and colleagues. He was selfless, and was always willing to go many extra miles to support those of us who were blessed to have had the privilege of working with and for him. He personally made many significant contributions to Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. But, in my opinion, his most important contribution lives on in the lives of the hundreds of medical students, residents, fellows, staff physicians, other medical personnel, and patients whose lives he touched.
We are certain that the Good Lord has provided a wonderful reward for Tim. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim's family. May God watch over you. - Wes and Deidre Vick
As one of Tim's trainees, I always looked up to him as a mentor, friend, and exemplary pediatric cardiologist. He will be missed. God Bless Tim and your family.
Dr. Paul Seib
Dr Bricker had devoted his final two years to his pediatric patients and UT Houston Children Memorial Hermann hospital. He works 7 days a week and rounds on children patients every day. He is a dedicated physician and a great mentor. Dr. Brick is a very calm, caring and brave person. It is heartbreaking to see he goes. He will be remembered forever.
I got to know Dr. Bricker because he was my daughter(Kasandra Smith)cardiology doctor. He was a kind and caring doctor. My prayers go out for his family.
I had the pleasure of knowing Tim from OSU to BCM and beyond. He was an incredibly talented and dedicated clinician. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Frank and I had the privilege of working with Tim on the Keeneland Concours. He was a tireless leader and an inspiration to us all--I will always remember him strolling through the grounds on the morning of our show dressed in an ivory suit with his Keeneland Concours hat placed securely on his head, and a big smile on his face as he watched the cars roll in. It was truly an honor to have called him our friend. Our thoughts are with you, Janet, and your entire family. Frank and Sue Entwisle
I will always remember my years working with Tim. He was the first department chair I had the opportunity to recruit during my time as dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He was a bold thinker and a wholly compassionate person. I will cherish those years we were together. Jay Perman (Baltimore, Md).
I went to high school with Tim in Canton. I have fond memories of him - he was a caring and decent young man, though I do recall his being a bit argumentative in our history class. Even then he had set himself on his path to be a doctor to serve his fellowman. We lost touch, though I knew of he was at Baylor.
My sympathies to and prayers for his family; may the many heartfelt condolences here and elsewhere be a comfort to you all.
This is a sad day. I knew him from my UH and TCH days. He was a role model who always had time for my questions/concerns. My thoughts to his family
I had the privilege of working with Dr. Timothy Bricker at Kelsey Seybold Pediatric Cardiology, He will be greatly missed. I offer my deepest condolences to his family.
Dr. Bricker was a very kind and accessible leader. I will never forget one very busy day, when he sincerely offered to help me with Nursing duties in the Peds clinic at the University of KY. He will be missed.
Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Dr. Tim will be missed so much by all of us who knew him in Lexington, KY. God will bless him for eternity.
Dr. Tim is a great tribute to serving mankind.
Our "heart and prayers"go out to the family. Sorry for the loss of your loved one.
We loved Dr. Bricker here at Kelsey in the pediatric department, you will be missed.
We offer our condolences to the family of Dr. Tim Bricker. As an aside to his professional life, He was a core member of the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance committee http://www.keenelandconcours.com/, and was instrumental as we worked to support the Kentucky Children's Hospital. Dr. Tim was always ready to do whatever was required for our yearly event. He convinced some of the hospital staff and administration to help and, one year, was even seen out in the road directing traffic…
George Schweikle – and many others
I got to know Dr. Bricker because of my involvement with the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, a fundraiser benefiting the Kentucky Children's Hospital. Dr. Bricker attended most board meetings, and all events connected with the Concours. His interest and dedicated support of the fledgling event helped spur us on to become a nationally known car show now in its tenth year. I was sad when he moved back to Texas and am now unspeakably sad at his passing. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.
My Deepest Sympathy. He will truly be missed. My "heart and prayers"go out to the family. Sorry for the loss of your loved one.
I had the opportunity and the pleasure of working with Dr. Bricker while we were both at Texas Children's Hospital and again over the last two years at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. He was always engaged, supportive, and a great patient advocate. His talent, compassion, and dedication will be greatly missed. May you and your family find comfort in your memories and love you shared with him.
Rhonda Thompson, MSN, MBA
Director of Pediatric Special Care Services, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
My Dad, Ernie, died a year ago and I really think of him as just having moved, to a place I can't visit yet. My prayers go out for you guys-the family that hasn't move yet. I remember Tim as a wonderfully caring person- at a time when we didn't have insurance I remember him seeing our children at his house when they were ill. He had to be exhausted but you would never know it. Love you all- what wonderful memories of all you guys!
Dr. Bricker was the heart of Cardiology during my fellowship and earlier faculty years. His caring, guidance, smile, stories and selflessness will be missed. He'll forever remain an integral part of our expanding TCH family. Sincerest condolences to his family.
I had the privilege of working with Tim during his tenure at UT. His wisdom and immense passion for The care of children will be sorely missed. Our prayers and sympathy for his family and friends.
It was 1984 when we met Dr. Bricker. Our daughter Samantha was born with Down Syndrome and heart defects. At 1 year old she had to have a heart cath. We came to Tx Childrens hospital the night before the cath. At about 7pm Dr. Bricker walked in took Sam out of her crib and held her in his arms. As he sat with her in a chair and we talked about the impending test the next day, his comfort made me feel so much better. I will never forget that moment. A doctor so caring. That is my special memory, a mother of a child with heart defects, beautiful and wonderful memory . I did not know him as a son, husband, father or grandfather. Tears came to my heart and eyes as I read of this passing. When he left for Kentucky, we missed him very much. John, Joanne and Samantha Duffield
Tim set the example of a man who had the courage to do things his own way. He could see the opportunities in challenges we face; where others would be satisfied to resolve a problem, Tim would see the opportunity inherent in the problem, link it to a long term goal, and plan a strategy that turned the challenge into an opportunity. His heart was always in the right place, trying to improve the care of children. He was optimistic, generous and loyal. I enjoyed working with him, and learned a lot from him, and I will miss him.
Prayers with the family and patients whom he made feel like family. He has an amazing legacy.
Tim had more positive impact on more people than anyone else I know. He was more than a brother to me. I will always miss him.
It was with a great deal of sadness that I learned today about Tim's passing. He was a kind, caring man as well an excellent physician. Among the many memories I have of Tim is that when he was chief resident at TCH you could set your watch by him as he arrived through the back door of PICU every morning at 6 am. I always felt the children were safer when Tim was in the building. In a nursing career that has spanned over 35 years, Tim Bricker has always been my all time favorite doctor. My thoughts and prayers are with Janet, his children and family. It was a honor for me to know him and to work with him for many years.
Tim was a great mentor and colleague to me for many years at TCH. He was an amazing clinician and humanitarian. He always had time to talk and would "buy me a cup of coffee" in the break room as we discussed a topic. It is a privilege and honor to have known and worked with him. Tim will be greatly missed.
Our family has great memories of Tim. Our prayers will be with your family!
Warren, Cheryl & Emily Foxworthy
What a wonderful man. You will be miss. Your life reminds me of a verse from 1Timothy 4:6-8 it said,
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there are laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Rest in peace Dr. Bricker we will see you again.
I knew Dr. John as a church member and a leader in our church. My husband and I "house sat" for the family while Dr. John went to Saudi Arabia for 6 weeks. It was a pleasure to have known Dr. John and his family. May his family treasure his legacy, as will all of us who knew him. Thank you for sharing him with us. I am sorry for your loss. God Bless!
Valarie and Steve, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you walk this road. We recently trod the same path and found the only way to navigate sometimes was to hold to God's hand and let Him lead us. We will keep you all in our prayers.
"Tim was a great mentor, colleague and teacher, We worked together at TCH and he always had a story for every situation, What a blessing to have known him"
I had the honor to work with Dr. Bricker in the Keeneland Concours d' Elegance car event in Lexington, KY. What a wonderful man and lovely family. May God grant you peace.
I met Dr. Bricker when my granddaugher, Kerrington Johnson was born with several heart defects in 2009 and was transported to UK Medical Center in Lexington. He immediately took Kerrington under his personal care and was there for my daughter any time, day or night, whenever a crisis arose. I will forever be grateful for the care he gave Kerrington and the love he shown to her. He was an amazing man and doctor.
I had the honor and privilege of working with Dr. Bricker at the University of Kentucky. He always had a smile and a good story to tell. He was wonderful with his patients and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
We have so many wonderful memories of Tim and his years at Texas Children's. He was such a wonderful doctor and a great human being. Always a smile on his face and a willingness to help in any situation. His love and care for his patients was beyond measure. We will miss him. May your memories bring you peace and comfort and carry you through the difficult days ahead.
Always, Dennis and Suiki Boardman
Tim was a wonderful role model as a resident and chief resident during our training at Baylor and TCH. I'm not sure we've run across his equal in clinical brilliance, kindness, and sense of humor.
Bud Wiedermann and Pam Parker
Tim was my mentor at Texas Chidren's Hospital. He was a role model for the cardiology fellows as a physian and a person. His legacy will live on in those he guided and trained. My sympathy to all of the family and the many friends who have been touched by him. May he rest in peace!
Patrick F Glasow, M.D.
I started off my career in pediatrics as a medical student, with Tim as my intern at Ben Taub: Great memories of his energy and sense of humor. A talented, smart, well-rounded physician who cared passionately about the his patients and their families. RIP, Tim.
What a kind, caring physician. It was a pleasure to serve on the KCH Executive Development Council with Dr. Bricker. He touched so many lives, gave so many young ones a second chance at life. May he rest in peace.
Dear Doctor Bricker,
Thank you for all your care, support and love for all our family!! You gave my sister and I the possibility to extend our lives with new hearts. My sister Catalina and Juan Guillermo are with you today and you are in our hearts forever! God bless you! We love you!!
The Tejada Family
I have known Tim since I was an intern at TCH in 1989. A few select words that come immediately to mind when I think of Tim: integrity, altruism, friendship, kindness, vision and courage. I also think of the many lives, myself included, that have been profoundly enriched just by knowing him. I feel truly blessed to be among those that had that opportunity. My thoughts and prayers go out to Janet and the family.
I had the honor of working with Dr. Bricker at Kentucky Children's Hospital. He exhibited great leadership and respect for his colleagues, and had a great vision, always focused on improving the lives of children. He will be missed.
WE will miss Tim very much for his vision and mentoring of all who met him during his time at Texas Children's Hospital from a resident to the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology. Tim had an astounding fund of knowledge on any subject, which he used to nurture his friends, colleagues and patients.
Pediatric Cardiology has lost one of its greatest. Tim was a mentor and friend to me. Our days together will always be remembered as long hours, much laughter and great works. Janet, please know that you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so grateful that Tim touched my life.
Tim was one of the nicest and most sincere people I have ever met. He was brilliant, but more importantly he was caring and kind. I have the utmost respect for the type of life he lived.
Dr. Bricker was a great physician and teacher who I enjoyed working with at Texas Children's Hospital from the time he was a resident until the time he left TCH. May God bless his family during their time of sorrow.
Dr. Bricker was a kind person, a wonderful teacher, and a caring physician. I'm glad I had the opportunity to know and work with him. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Rest in peace, Dr. Bricker. Your many lessons will live on in all you have taught and all you have treated.
Dr Bricker did good things for Pediatrics here in Lexington. He was a kind and caring man. He will be missed by many.
Tim was a great person, an honest broker and a visionary leader. I will always remember him with great fondness.
I first met Tim when he moved to KY. Then the second time we met was in the Spring of 2007 when he talked me into coming to UK. I have never met anyone with the vision that he had for the healthcare of the children of KY. We owe him much for all he did for the children of KY and the high bar that he set.
Dr. Bricked was a kind and generous man whose qualities live on in those of us blessed enough to have known him. God bless his family.
He is without a doubt the kindest and most sincere physician I have ever met. His brilliance and bedside manner is unmatched and I am forever grateful for having met him, worked with him, and to have called him a friend.
Dr. Bricker was an excellent teacher and mentor. His dedication to his family and his profession was inspiring. He has touched many lives and I am glad that I was fortunate enough to have known him and worked for him.
We are so sorry to hear about Tim's passing. Our thoughts are with Janet and her family.
Howard and Margaret Gutgesell
Dr. Bricker was a kind and compassionate physician and friend. He will be missed by all his friends at University of Kentucky. My heart friend condolences to his family.
Tim was my chief as a fellow in Houston. Even though I was a foreigner Tim always treated me the same as everyone else. He was a gentleman, kind, considerate and honest. He only had good things to say about people and I remember his stories well. Rest in peace Tim.
I first met Dr. Bricker as an interventional fellow at TCH, then got to know him better as a junior faculty and caught up with him again later in my career. I will always remember him as a leader who led by example and was one of the most altruistic physicians I've met. We will miss him greatly. My condolences to his family.
I am honored to have been included in Tim's life. The lessons that he shared with me have framed my life. I will miss his guidance.
Tim approached me after he moderated an AAP meeting session where I presented research and remained involved in my career ever since. He was endlessly supportive and made it easy to join the fellowship in Houston. I will never forget his words when I interviewed, a meeting I will always cherish. He was an amazing example of knowledge, wisdom, charity, work ethic, and perseverance. I pray his family finds some comfort in knowing his legacy will live on in the hundreds of cardiologists he influenced and thousands of children he treated.
Tim Bricker was the most unselfish person I have ever known. Here is one example I experienced: About 25 years ago I had to go to the airport and didn't have a car. Tim insisted that I take his car. So for three days his red Dodge sportscar was parked at the airport. I have no idea how he got home. Janet if you had to pick him up and take him to work, I apologize.
My wife and I, his family, his many friends, and his patients really miss him.
I am so sorry for your family's loss. I wish for peace for your family.
It has been a pleasure working with Dr. Bricker at UT. I remember one day seeing him with one of his little patients in clinic. He sat in a chair near the nurses station with the small 2 year old on his lap. He would smile at her and she would smile back as she played with the stethoscope around his neck. He would place the stethoscope on his heart and then he would place it on hers. It just made your heart smile watching them interact. Dr. Bricker will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
I knew Dr. Bricker as a resident at Baylor, and was delighted when he joined our faculty here at UT years later. He is an outstanding physician, and we will all miss him dearly.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.