Dr. Charles Brunicardi is the DeBakey/Bard Professor and Chairman
of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College
of Medicine since April 1999. He joined the Baylor faculty in 1995
as a Professor of Surgery and as the George Jordan Professor and
Chief of the Division of General Surgery, a position he still currently
maintains. Dr. Brunicardi has served as the Chief of Surgical Services
and the Chief of the Clinical General Surgery Service at The Methodist
Hospital from 1995-2004, as well as Executive Director of the Baylor/Methodist
Multi-Organ Transplant Center from 1995-1999. He is also a consultant
and attending surgeon at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs
Medical Center , Ben Taub General Hospital , and St. Luke’s
Dr. Brunicardi’s research interests include islet physiology
and transplantation, hormonal regulation of blood sugar levels, breast
cancer, pancreatic cancer, and minimally invasive surgery. His studies
began in these areas at The Johns Hopkins University, where he completed
his undergraduate degree in chemistry with honors. He received his
medical degree from Rutgers School of Medicine before he became a
resident and eventually chief resident in general surgery at the
State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center in Brooklyn
. He also spent a three-year research fellowship in pancreatic physiology
at SUNY and received national and international awards for this work.
Dr. Brunicardi’s principal research interests are in the areas
of pancreatic cancer, islet cell transplantation, and pancreatic
physiology and hormone secretion. He has received both national and
international awards for his work, which is funded by two separate
grants entitled, “Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Using Surgery
and Gene Therapy” and “Intraislet Communication in Surgically-Altered
Pancreas,” from the National Institutes of Health. His clinical
interests include pancreas cancer, islet tumors, breast cancer, gastroenterology,
islet transplantation, and minimally invasive surgery.
In 1989, Dr. Brunicardi began a six-year tenure with UCLA Medical
Center in Los Angeles . Along with his position as a staff surgeon,
he became the acting director of trauma, co-director and director
of the Islet Transplantation Program, successively. He was also an
Associate Professor of Surgery at UCLA, where he directed a statewide
National Institutes of Health-funded program for transplanting human
islets of Langerhans, the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
In coming to Baylor, Dr. Brunicardi developed a research program
in molecular physiology of the endocrine pancreas, which is funded
by the National Institutes of Health. He has developed a basic science
research program for the Division of General Surgery, which provides
research fellowships for residents in general surgery.
Dr. Brunicardi has received 83 awards and honors since his undergraduate
days, including memberships in the Blue Key Honor Society at Johns
Hopkins and the Royal College of Surgeons Traveling Fellowship. He
was bestowed with the Outstanding Teacher Award at UCLA School of
Medicine three years in a row during his teaching career there and
the Gene Guinn Outstanding Faculty Award at Baylor College of Medicine.
Additionally, he has acted as Visiting Professor at the University
of Chicago , at the University of Minnesota , at the University of
Washington , at Baylor College of Medicine, at Creighton University
, at Tulane University , at the VIIth National Medical Conference
in Fortaleza , Brazil , and at the II Meeting of the Brazilian College
of Surgeons in Recife , Brazil .
He is also a member of more than 37 professional societies, including
the American Diabetes Association. A prolific writer, Dr. Brunicardi
has co-authored 154 publications, 21 chapters, and 101 abstracts.
He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Schwartz’s Principles of
Surgery textbook. Dr. Brunicardi also serves as a reviewer
for such publications as Annals of Surgery, Diabetes, Pancreas,
Journal of Surgical Research, Surgery, and American Journal
of Physiology. He has also served as a reviewer for the National
Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of
the National Institutes of Health. A widely sought speaker, Dr. Brunicardi
has taken part in more than 244 lectures regarding his clinical interests.
Dr. Brunicardi’s personal interests include music, guitar,
and golf. He is also a dedicated family man and believes in traditional
values of loyalty and friendship. He and his wife, Melissa, have
two boys, Isaac and Jackson.