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Dr Lawrence J. Brandt (Author photo 1, Author photo 2, Author photo 3, Author photo 4, Author photo 5, Author photo 6, Author photo 7, Author photo 8, Author photo 9; Video 1, available online at www.VideoGIE.org) earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from The College of the City of New York and his medical degree from The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He then did his postgraduate medical education, including a fellowship in Gastroenterology, at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, after which he served in the Army as a gastroenterologist stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. After his military discharge, Dr Brandt joined the staff of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, where he is currently the Emeritus Chief of Gastroenterology and Professor of Medicine and Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr Brandt’s contributions to gastroenterology include the first endoscopic removal of a gastric polyp; the demonstration that in small-bowel bacterial overgrowth states, GI bacteria produce cobamides from dietary vitamin B12 that may inhibit vitamin B12 absorption; the discovery that most cases of newly diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease in the elderly are actually ischemic colitis misdiagnosed as ulcerative or Crohn’s colitis; the demonstration that metronidazole can heal perineal Crohn's disease; the development of a cytology balloon for the diagnosis of esophagitis in AIDS patients; the classification of ischemic colitis and elucidation that isolated right-sided ischemic colitis has a worse prognosis than ischemic colitis in other locations; and the use of colonoscopic fecal transplantation to treat recurring Clostridium difficile (C difficile) colitis. His current areas of interest are vascular and ischemic disorders of the GI tract, especially ischemic colitis and, more recently, C difficile colitis. Dr Brandt was one of the pioneers of using fecal transplantation to treat recurring C difficile colitis, and now he is involved with studies on the intestinal microbiome and its role in irritable bowel syndrome. He also has had a long-standing interest in the patient–doctor relationship, and how a patient’s psychological makeup influences his/her illnesses and treatments.
Dr Brandt is the author or editor of more than 850 publications and 9 books and is 1 of 3 editors of the standard textbook in gastroenterology, Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. He recently served 10 years as the Associate Editor of Focal Points for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Dr Brandt has received many awards and honors, including the Distinguished Educator Award from both the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastroenterology, the Clinical Achievement award of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), the William Dock MD Master Teacher Award in Medicine of SUNY (Downstate), and the Alumni Achievement Medallion for Distinguished Service to Medicine (SUNY, Downstate). Dr Brandt is a Master of the ACG and served on the Board of Trustees of that organization for 13 years before being elected President of the ACG (1992–1993). He served 3 terms as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty section in gastroenterology. Dr Brandt has been Visiting Professor at many institutions throughout the United States and has given over 500 lectures nationally and internationally. He is an honorary member of the Puerto Rican, Argentine, and Dominican Republic Societies of Gastroenterology. Dr Brandt is a member of the Albert Einstein’s Leo M. Davidoff Society for excellence in the teaching of medical students and was named the Montefiore Staff and Alumni Association's Honoree in 1999. Since 1994 he has been listed every year in Best Doctors in America and, since 1998, in Who’s Who. Recently, he was appointed an Honorary Police Surgeon by the New York Police Department.
The author disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this publication.