Lawrence J. Brandt, MDDr. Lawrence Brandt has been invited to deliver a lecture on fecal transplant for C. difficile infection at the Infectious Disease Society of America's (IDSA) annual meeting, and also to give a named lecture on the same subject at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting. Both meetings take place in October 2012.
Dr. Brandt is Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) and of Surgery, and Chief Emeritus of the Division of Gastroenterology. His work on the use of fecal transplantation to treat chronic and recurring C. difficile colitis has been widely covered in recent news.
Dr. Brandt's research interests include ischemic and vascular disorders of the gastrointestinal system, inflammatory bowel diseases, colitis, geriatric gastroenterology, AIDS, and endoscopic technique. In addition to his work with fecal transplantation, his scientific contributions include the performance of the first non-operative gastric polypectomy; the demonstration that gastrointestinal bacteria produce cobamides from dietary vitamin B12 that may inhibit vitamin B12 absorption; that metronidazole can heal and maintain healing of perineal Crohn's disease; that most cases of newly diagnosed IBD in the elderly are actually ischemic colitis misdiagnosed as ulcerative or Crohn's colitis; the classification of ischemic colitis and description of its natural history; the first demonstration of laser-induced regression of Barrett's epithelium; the development (and U.S. patent) of a cytology balloon [to diagnose infectious esophagitis in AIDS patients]. His major long-standing interests are the patient-doctor relationship and the way that a patient's psychologic makeup influences his/her illnesses and treatments.
Dr. Brandt has been on the editorial boards of numerous journals and has authored or edited more than 350 scientific publications and six books. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Educator Award of the American Gastroenterological Association, the Distinguished Educator Award of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Clinical Achievement Award of the American College of Gastroenterology and the William Dock M.D. Master Teacher Award of the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Brandt has been Visiting Professor at many institutions throughout the United States , and has given over 500 lectures nationally and internationally. His teaching recognitions include the Davidoff Society of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Montefiore Staff and Alumni Association's Honoree, and Best Teacher in the Department of Medicine. He is continually listed in Best Doctors in America since 1994 and Who's Who in America.