Cardiothoracic Surgeon Brett Melnikoff, MD, Joins The Chattanooga Heart Institute


Cardiothoracic surgeon Brett Melnikoff, MD, has joined The Chattanooga Heart Institute.  Dr. Melnikoff earned his medical degree from Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke.  He completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham, where he also completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery.  He is a member of the Society of Thoracic surgeons.  Outside of work, Dr. Melinkoff enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, and fishing.

At The Chattanooga Heart Institute, Dr. Melnikoff joins cardiothoracic surgeons John Craig, MD, Matthew Richey, MD, and James Zellner, MD, along with 27 cardiologists. This team of experts is the region’s heart leader, providing compassionate care while effectively treating heart disease, no matter how complex. The Chattanooga Heart Institute’s board‐certified cardiologists—including specialists in interventional procedures, electrophysiology, imaging, and vascular disease—exceed national standards for education, training, and skill.  Their collaboration with cardiothoracic surgeons means they can offer the most comprehensive cardiac care in the area. 

In 2023, CHI Memorial was named a Best Regional Hospital by U. S. News and World Report for the ninth time in a row. The healthcare system’s cardiac team was also recognized as ‘high performing’ in the treatment for heart attack, heart failure, and heart bypass surgery.  Earlier this year, CHI Memorial was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ by Fortune and PINC AI™.  The hospital and cardiac team are dedicated to providing patients with exceptional care using cutting-edge technology. 

The Chattanooga Heart Institute offers six convenient locations in Tennessee and North Georgia.  Dr. Melnikoff will practice at The Chattanooga Heart Institute office located at 2501 Citico Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of The Chattanooga Heart Institute’s cardiothoracic surgeons, call 423.697.2000.  Learn more at