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Advisory Board

AccessSurgery is guided by a preeminent Advisory Board, including:

Gerard M. Doherty, M.D.
Editor-in-Chief, AccessSurgery
Utley Professor and Chair of Surgery, Boston University
Surgeon-in-Chief, Boston Medical Center


A graduate of College of the Holy Cross and Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Doherty completed his residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. This included two years as a Medical Staff Fellow in Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in 1993, and rose through the ranks to become Professor of Surgery in 2001. In 2002 he became the Norman W. Thompson Professor and Section Head of General Surgery at the University of Michigan where he was also the Surgery Training Program Director for nearly a decade. In January 2012, he became the James Utley Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Boston University, as well as Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Medical Center.

Dr. Doherty's clinical and research interests have focused on surgical diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, endocrine pancreas and adrenal glands as well as the surgical management of multiple endocrine neoplasia. His bibliography includes over 300 articles and book chapters, and several edited books. His laboratory research has focused on the development of parathyroid glands.

He is an active member of several professional organizations, including leadership roles in the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, the International Society of Surgery, and the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons. He serves as an Associate Editor of the World Journal of Surgery and on a number of editorial boards. He has had a particular interest in surgical education and in the systematic improvement in surgical education nationally through projects of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery.

F. Charles Brunicardi, M.D.
AccessSurgery Advisory Board
Chief, Santa Monica General Surgery Group
Vice Chair, Surgical Services for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Dr. Brunicardi is Chief of Santa Monica General Surgery Group and Vice Chair of Surgical Services for the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles. He previously served for 16 years at Baylor College of Medicine where he was the DeBakey/Bard Professor and Chairman of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.

His clinical expertise includes gastrointestinal surgery and surgery of neuroendocrine tumors, and his research focuses on translational genomic medicine and 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 has received 145 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 initial teaching period there and the Gene Guinn Outstanding Faculty Award at Baylor College of Medicine. In 2004 he received the Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award in Educational Leadership. In January 2006 he was presented with the Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses of Greater Houston, Houston, Texas.

He has served as Editor-In-Chief of Schwartz's Principles of Surgery since 2002. A committed surgeon and scholar, Dr. Brunicardi is dedicated to the advancement of surgical education, innovative research and providing excellent clinical care.

He is also a member of more than 36 professional societies, including the American Diabetes Association. A prolific writer, Dr. Brunicardi has co-authored 245 publications, 33 chapters, and 128 abstracts. 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. Dr. Brunicardi has dedicated his career to his patients and those he teaches and mentors.