Eric R. Braverman
|Eric R. Braverman, M.D.|
|Born||New York City, New York|
|Institutions||PATH Medical; PATH Foundation NY|
|Alma mater||Brandeis University; New York University School of Medicine|
|Known for||Brain health checkup and ultrasound physical used in primary care|
Eric R. Braverman (born 1957, New York City) is a physician, researcher, author, and the medical director of PATH (Place for Achieving Total Health) Medical as well as coordinator of clinical research for PATH Foundation NY, both in New York City. Braverman has published journal articles and popular books on the topics of neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine, bariatrics, and preventative medicine.
Braverman specializes in anti-aging and considers a person to be as "young as his or her oldest body part." He has created a brain health checkup, which aims to identify early cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, and age-related learning differences. He describes the "Edge Effect," as the combined effect of optimizing the neurotransmitters of dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA and serotonin to produce a cascade of wellness. Braverman's work primarily focuses on brain health, promoting the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, creative implementation of conventional medicine, and personal responsibility.
Braverman's ultrasound-based physical, along with the brain health checkup, is aimed to reevaluate the Flexner Report of 1910 and comprise an integrative model that embodies a "culture of health." In conjunction with his medical practice, Braverman provides dietary supplementation.
Braverman graduated Phi Beta Kappa summa cum laude with a B.A. in general science from Brandeis University in 1979. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine with honors in 1983, and obtained internal medicine experience at Greenwich Hospital, a Yale School of Medicine affiliate and research experience at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.
Braverman has held appointments as clinical assistant professor of integrative medicine in neurological surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College (2008-2013), assistant attending at Cabrini Medical Center, instructor in psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, and has trained numerous medical residents and Physician Assistant students at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Weill Cornell Medical College, Touro College, School of Health Sciences, and Life College. Braverman is the founder and medical director of the Place For Achieving Total Health (PATH) Medical. He is also founder and president of PATH Foundation NY, a non-profit clinical research organization.
Braverman currently holds an appointment as "Courtesy Assistant Professor" at the University of Florida.
Research and funding
PATH Foundation NY is directed towards brain-based research aspiring to develop practical diagnostic and treatment methods meant to improve longevity. He has received research funding grants from Weill Cornell, the Druckenmiller Fund and the Life Extension Foundation. Braverman’s research includes: models for weight control, modulating addictive behavior, early detection of Alzheimer's disease, outcomes of hormone replacement therapy, radiation disaster prevention, and modernizing the selection of neuropsychiatric treatments based on bioelectrical imbalances in the brain using quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG) methods. Braverman implements this form of brain mapping, called brain electrical assessment method (BEAM), as an extension of topographic brain mapping methods originally developed by Frank H. Duffy. In its clinical use, BEAM constitutes a battery of neurological testing equivalent to tests used in cardiology (in the form of echocardiograms, ECGs, stress tests, and Holter monitors), and is administered alongside qEEG, the Wechsler Memory Scale, Test of Variables of Attention, and personality type classification.
In April 2012, Braverman co-authored an obesity study in PLoS ONE with current New York State Health Commissioner, exposing Body Mass Index (BMI) as an unreliable indicator of obesity at 39% inaccuracy. With the study’s revised BMI cut points (>28 for men, >24 for women) and the incorporation of a leptin blood test, Braverman as co-author developed a leptin-adjusted BMI standard with 91% accuracy. The publication was a number one Google news story and earned widespread media coverage. Weill Cornell Medical College held a conference to discuss the findings and therapeutic implications. As co-author, Braverman spoke about the study and was joined by the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Nora Volkow and former New York State Governor David Paterson.
Awards and honors
Braverman was awarded the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education and earned an Honorary Degree as Doctor of Humane Letters at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 2010. Braverman has held government service on the Police Benevolent Association as a State Trooper Police Surgeon and is an Ambassador of Goodwill to the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies through the Department of Defense by Richard Downie, PhD.
Braverman serves on the editorial and peer-review committees for journals, including Life Extension Foundation, Advances in Therapy, Biological Psychiatry, American Aging Association, and the Journal of Neurotherapy. In addition, Braverman actively fulfills government and community advisement roles in the New York County Medical Society, the New York Task Force on Life and the Law under the appointment of Governor George Pataki, and is currently undergoing nomination for membership to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Some individuals think that Braverman's method of a brain health check-up and ultrasound physical leads to too much testing. This has led to numerous criticisms by medical boards, insurance companies, and medical centers. His argument is that completing one set of EKG's, HDL and cholesterol testing is not sufficient. As long as computerization continues to advance, ultimately, more testing will be done to find disease earlier. He believes that aging cannot be reversed unless preventative tests are preformed.
Braverman serves as a board member on the Life Extension Scientific Board and the International Hormone Society. He is an active member in other professional societies including the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the American Neuropsychiatric Association, the Quantitative EEG Board, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Braverman is the author of several books, each addressing various aspects of neurology and total health meant to improve longetivity. His work includes:
- The Edge Effect: Achieve Total Health and Longevity With the Balanced Brain Advantage, (2004)
- The Amazing Way to Reverse Heart Disease Naturally, (2004)
- Younger (Thinner) You Diet: How Understanding Your Brain Chemistry Can Help You Lose Weight, Reverse Aging, and Fight Disease, (2006)
- Younger You: Unlock the Hidden Power of Your Brain to Look and Feel 15 Years Younger, (2007)
- Younger Brain, Sharper Mind: A 6-Step Plan for Preserving and Improving Memory and Attention at Any Age from America’s Brain Doctor, (2011)
- Younger (Sexier) You: Look and Feel 15 Years Younger by Having the Best Sex of Your Life, (2011)
Braverman has been a radio personality since 1986 and currently hosts Total Health on WABC-770 Sundays at Noon, and has also made guest appearances on radio shows. He has made appearances on television networks and primetime shows including NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Larry King Live, The Today Show, Tyra, MSNBC and The O’Reilly Factor. In addition, Braverman's work has been featured in magazines and non-academic publications, such as Elle, Vogue and New York Magazine.
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- Braverman, Eric (2009-03-06), "Ask for a Brain Health Checkup", The Huffington Post, retrieved 2012-06-20
- Caruso, Donna (March 2007), "Wellness Profile: Breakthroughs to Create a 'Younger You'", Life Extension Magazine, retrieved 2012-06-20
- Braverman, Eric (2004). The Edge Effect: Achieve Total Health and Longevity with the Balanced Brain Advantage. New York: Sterling Publishing. p. 226. ISBN 1402712057.
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- "Golden Illumination - Brain Formulas". Healthilluminationproducts.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "Anti-Ageing Conference London 2004 Speaker Biography". Antiagegingconference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "Who's Who In Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine". WorldHealth.net. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "Guest Detail - Eric Braverman, MD". VoiceAmerica.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "Healthy Aging and Society: New Course Transmittal Form" on the University of Florida website. Accessed: June 19, 2014
- "AACL 2006 Speaker Biography". Antiagegingconference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- Shah, NR; Braverman, ER (2012). "Measuring adiposity in patients: the utility of body mass index (BMI), percent body fat, and leptin.". PLoS ONE 7 (4). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033308. PMID 22485140.
- "Pictoral Proof of Brain Damage Caused by Cocaine and Alcohol Seen in New Quantitative EEG Studies BEAM Study Provides New Light on Brain Disorders". Erowid.org. 1996-10-08. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- Duffy, Frank (1986). Topographic Mapping of Brain Electrical Activity. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd. ISBN 0409900087.
- Gallagher, James (2012-04-02), "US obesity 'higher than thought'", BBC News, retrieved 2012-06-20
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- "Patrick McMullan Event Photography - Obesity, the Brain, and Leptin; New Therapeutic Models Presented By Eric Braverman, M.D. & Nora Volkow, M.D.". Patrickmcmullan.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "The Computer Science Colloquium - The Future of Medicine: Technology in Healthcare". Cuny.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "'I've been appointed as an "Ambassador of Goodwill" by the US Department of Defense's "Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies"'". Facebook.com. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "Life Extension Science Advisory Board". Lef.org. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "New York County Medical Society Committees". Nycms.org. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
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- "Fellowship in Anti-Aging Regenerative & Functional Medicine - Staff and Faculty". Faafm.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
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- Ho, Joyce; Snyderman, Nancy, The surprising new face of obesity, Msnbc.msn.com, retrieved 2012-06-20
- "The Tyra Banks Show, "When Will I Die?"". Season 3. Episode 39. 2007-10-25. 60 minutes in. The CW. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1131554/. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
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