Company: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Science
Location: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Francis Charles Brunicardi, MD, FACS, Professor at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Science, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care and education.
Dr. Brunicardi knew from an early age that being a doctor would be his calling. He worked hard to achieve his goal, earning a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from John Hopkins University in 1976 and an MD from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1980. He then completed a research fellowship in the Department of Surgery, a senior residency in general surgery, and a chief residency in general surgery, all at SUNY Downstate Medical Center between 1983 and 1989. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Brunicardi now thrives as a professor, chair of surgery, and the director of the cancer program at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Science, the academic chief of surgery at Pro Health Systems, the chair of the Department of Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine, and the editor of “Principles of Surgery.” One of his greatest achievements was discovering a “master switch” for pancreatic cancer, an insulin-regulating transcription factor called PDX1 that, when silenced with RNA interference of knockdown therapy, eliminates pancreatic cancer cells in mice. He is most proud, however, when he is able to take excellent care of his patients and helping to train the next generation of surgeons. His areas of expertise include laparoscopic and robotic hernia repairs, precision care for pancreatic cancer, the atomic theory of cancer, and molecular imaging and simulation.
In recognition of his hard work and dedication, Dr. Brunicardi received a Distinguished Scientist Award from the St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in 2010 and was named among the Texas Super Doctors by Texas Monthly Magazine from 2005 to 2010. He also earned a State of Israel Maimonides Award, a grant from the National Institutes of Health, and a fellowship from the American College of Surgeons.
In his spare time, Dr. Brunicardi enjoys pursuing his passion for music, having recorded and released an album in 2014. For his efforts, he was nominated for a Grammy Award by the Recording Academy in 2015, a Pulitzer Prize in Music by Columbia University in 2014, and a Hollywood Music in Media Awards from 2014 to 2016.
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