Glenn Braunstein, MD

Vice President, Clinical Innovations, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Director, Thyroid Cancer Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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Institute Affiliation

Cancer Institute

Academic Appointments

Professor, Medicine

Awards and Activities

Mastership, American College of Physicians2008
Pioneer in Medicine Award, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center2006
Sherman M. Mellinkoff Faculty Award, UCLA School of Medicine2002
James R. Klinenberg, MD Chair in Medicine2000
Editorial Board: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism2008 - 2010
Editorial Board: The American Journal of Medicine1996 - 2010
Editorial Board: American Family Physician1995 - 2010
The Endocrine Society1972
American Society for Clinical Investigation1984
Association of American Physicians1990
American Board of Internal Medicine1991 - 2010
American Thyroid Association2000
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists2001

Research Focus

(1) Reproductive endocrinology, focusing on placental hormones, as well as androgens in women. (2). Thyroid cancer, examining redifferentiating therapies for papillary and follicular carcinomas that have lost the ability to concentrate radioactive iodine.

Research Contributions

Co-developed the beta-hCG immunoassay that formed the basis for the modern pregnancy tests; descibed the use of hCG and other placental hormones as tumor markers; demonstrated the efficacy and safety of testosterone therapy for women with low sexual desire; examined the parameters for optimal radioiodine therapy of patients with thyroid cancer

Current investigations include:

Effect of environmental factors on iodine excretion; redifferentiating therapy of thyroid cancer in vitro; transdermal testosterone treatment of women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder

Selected Publications

  1. Braunstein GD: Clinical practice. Gynecomastia. N. Engl. J. Med., 357(12): 1229-37, 2007
  2. Luong QT, O'Kelly J, Braunstein GD, Hershman JM, Koeffler HP: Antitumor activity of suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid against thyroid cancer cell lines in vitro and in vivo. Clin. Cancer Res., 12(18): 5570-7, 2006
  3. Braunstein GD, Sundwall DA, Katz M, Shifren JL, Buster JE, Simon JA, Bachman G, Aguirre OA, Lucas JD, Rodenberg C, Buch A, Watts NB: Safety and efficacy of a testosterone patch for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in surgically menopausal women: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Arch. Intern. Med., 165(14): 1582-9, 2005
  4. Eng ET, Ye J, Williams D, Phung S, Moore RE, Young MK, Gruntmanis U, Braunstein G, Chen S: Suppression of estrogen biosynthesis by procyanidin dimers in red wine and grape seeds. Cancer Res., 63(23): 8516-22, 2003
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