L. Michael Brunt

L. Michael Brunt, MD

  • Chief, Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Faculty, Washington University Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Medical School

The Johns Hopkins University, 1980

Post Doctoral Education

Residency - General Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, 1980-1987

Board Certifications

General Surgery--Certified

Honors and Awards

President of SAGES, 2014-15

Board of Governors, SAGES, 2006-present

Treasurer, SAGES, 2010-2013

Best Doctors in America, 1996-2017

St. Louis Magazine Best Doctors in St. Louis, 2002-2017

Clinical Teacher of the Year, Washington University School of Medicine: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010

Distinguished Clinician Award, Washington University School of Medicine, 2009

Samuel A. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Student Education, 2002

Clinical Interests

Basic and advanced laparoscopic surgery, including gallbladder, hernia, hiatal hernia, solid organ (adrenal, spleen), gastric resections, endocrine surgery (adrenal, parathyroid).

Research Interests

Washington University Institute in Minimally Invasive Surgery (Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Karl Storz Endoscopy) Co-Investigator - James Fleshman, M.D.; Stryker Endoscopy, Co-Investigator - Brent Matthews, M.D.
Evaluation of new methods for hiatal hernia repair
Clinical outcome studies in minimally invasive surgery

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
Gastrointestinal Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite C, Floor 8
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-8877
Fax (314) 222-6256

Contact Information

Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Section of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery
Campus Box 8109, 660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-8877

Selected Publications

Schill M, Tiemann D, Klingensmith ME, Brunt LM. Year one outcomes assessment of a masters suturing and knot-tying program for surgical interns. J Surg Educ. 2011 Nov;68(6):526-33.

Rawlings A, Soper NJ, Oelschlager B, Swanstrom L, Matthews BD, Pellegrini C, Pierce RA, Pryor A, Martin V, Frisella MM, Cassera M, Brunt LM. Laparoscopic Dor versus Toupet fundoplication following Heller myotomy for achalasia: results of a multicenter, prospective, randomized-controlled trial. Surg Endosc. 2011 Jul 26. [Epub ahead of print]

Minnich JM, Hanks JB, Muschaweck U, Brunt LM, Diduch DR. Sports hernia: diagnosis and treatment highlighting a minimal repair surgical technique. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Jun;39(6):1341-9.

Cox DR, Zeng W, Frisella MM, Brunt LM. Analysis of standard multiport versus single-site access for laparoscopic skills training. Surg Endosc. 2010 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Zeng W, Woodhouse J, Brunt LM. Do preclinical background and clerkship experiences impact skills performance in an accelerated internship preparation course for senior medical students? Surgery. 2010 Oct;148(4):768-76; discussion 776-7.

Strasberg SM, Brunt LM. Rationale and use of the critical view of safety in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Jul;211(1):132-8.

Rawlings A, Hodgett SE, Matthews BD, Strasberg SM, Quasebarth M, Brunt LM. Single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy: initial experience with critical view of safety dissection and routine intraoperative cholangiography. J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Jul;211(1):1-7.

Klingensmith ME, Brunt LM. Focused surgical skills training for senior medical students and interns. Surg Clin North Am. 2010 Jun;90(3):505-18.

Brunt LM, Halpin VJ, Klingensmith ME, Tiemann D, Matthews BD, Spitler JA, Pierce RA. Accelerated skills preparation and assessment for senior medical students entering surgical internship. J Am Coll Surg. 2008 May;206(5):897-904; discussion 904-7.

Tessier DJ, Iglesias R, Chapman WC, Kercher K, Matthews BD, Gorden DL, Brunt LM. Previously unreported high-grade complications of adrenalectomy. Surg Endosc. 2009 Jan;23(1):97-102.

Quayle FJ, Spitler JA, Pierce RA, Lairmore TC, Moley JF, Brunt LM. Needle biopsy of incidentally discovered adrenal masses is rarely informative and potentially hazardous. Surgery. 2007;142:497-502.

Pierce RA, Spitler JA, Frisella MM, Matthews BD, Brunt LM. Pooled data analysis of laparoscopic vs. open ventral hernia repair: 14 years of patient data accrual. Surgical Endoscopy. 2007;21(3):378-386.

Gangopadhyay N, Perrone JM, Soper NJ, Matthews BD, Eagon JC, Klingensmith MA, Frisella, MM, Brunt LM. Outcomes of laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair in elderly and high risk patients. Surgery 2006;140:491-499.

Brunt LM. Minimal access adrenal surgery. Surgical Endoscopy. 2006;20:351-361.

Brunt LM, Lairmore TC, Doherty GM, Quasebarth MA, DeBenedetti M, Moley JF. Adrenalectomy for familial pheochromocytoma in the laparoscopic era. Annals of Surgery. 2002;235(5):713-720.

Pub Med for L. Michael Brunt, M.D.


Brunt LM, Cohen MS. Adrenalectomy – Open and Minimally Invasive. In: Fischer JE, Bland KI (eds.). Mastery of Surgery. 5th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams,Wilkins; 2007:456-469.

Nimeri A, Brunt LM. Adrenalectomy. In: Souba WW, Fink MP, Jurkovich GJ, et al. (eds.). ACS Surgery Online. New York: Web MD Inc.; 2005.

Winslow E, Brunt LM. Laparoscopic Splenectomy. In: Jones DB, Wu JS, Soper NJ (eds.). Laparoscopic Surgery: Principles and Procedures. Volume 2. St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing, Inc.; 2004:359-378.

Brunt LM, Moley JF. The Pituitary and Adrenal Glands. In: Townsend CM (ed.). Sabiston’s Biologic Basis of Modern Surgical Practice. 17th edition. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co.; 2004:1023-1070.