Dr. Brunicardi came to Houston in 1995 and joined the Baylor faculty as the George Jordan Professor and served as the Chief of the Division of General Surgery from 1995 to 2004. In April 1999, he was named DeBakey/Bard Professor and Chairman of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also a consultant and attending surgeon at the St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Ben Taub General Hospital. Dr. Brunicardi's clinical and research interests include molecular engineering of islets for transplantation, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, minimally invasive surgery, molecular surgery, and personalized genomics. 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 114 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. 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 received the State of Israel Maimonides Award in November 2007. He is also a member of more than 36 professional societies, including the American Diabetes Association. A prolific writer, Dr. Brunicardi has co-authored 209 publications, 29 chapters, and 122 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.