Michael Brunt, MD

  • Phone: 314-454-8877

Specialty Areas

  • Minimally invasive hernia and foregut (hiatal hernia) surgery
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Benign gallbladder disease
  • Athletic groin injuries/sports hernias

Common Procedures

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Hiatal hernia repair/reflux treatment
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Sports hernias/core muscle injury
  • Abdominal wall hernias

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Gallstones
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Paraesophageal hernia
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Spleen disorders
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Sports hernia

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery


Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1980


1980-1987 General Surgery Residency, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons

American Surgical Association

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

American Association of Endocrine Surgeons

Americas Hernia Society

Central Surgical Association

Association for Surgical Education

Southern Surgical Association

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

Fellowship Council

Awards and Honors

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Medical Staff Association

2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Johns Hopkins University

2020-present Honorary Membership, Japanese Society of Endoscopic Surgeons

1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2018 Washington University School of Medicine Clinical Teacher of the Year Award

Samuel L. Goldstein Outstanding Teacher Award  

2015 Honorary membership, Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Society of Asia (ELSA)

2015 Honorary Membership, The Korean Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons (KSELS)

2015 Listed in 14th Edition of American’s Top Doctors

2013 Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award, Association for Surgical Education

2012 AOA, (Faculty Election)

2009 Distinguished Clinician Award, Washington University School of Medicine

2006-present Guide to America’s Top Surgeons

1996-present Best Doctors in America® in St. Louis Magazine®


Areas of Research Interest

Clinical outcome studies in minimally invasive/ laparoscopic surgery, safety in laparoscopic cholecystectomy, surgical education/medical student preparation for surgical residency, sports hernias, adrenal surgery


Developed a skills course for 4th year medical students entering a surgical residency that evolved  into the Capstone course now required for all 4th year medical students


Brunt LM, Deziel DJ, Telem DA, et al, and the Prevention of Bile Duct Injury Consensus Work Group. Safe Cholecystectomy Multi-Society Practice Guideline and State of the Art Consensus Conference on Prevention of Bile duct Injury during Cholecystectomy Ann Surg 2020; 272:3-23; co-publication Surg Endosc 2020; 34: 2827-2855. PMID: 32404658.

Tan WH, Yu J, Feaman S, McAllister JM, Kahan LG, Quasebarth M, Blatnik JA, Eagon JC, Awad MM, Brunt LM. Opioid medication use in the surgical patient: an assessment of prescribing patterns and use. J Am Coll Surg 2018; 227:203-211. PMID: 29746919.

Brunt LM. SAGES presidential address: A SAGES Magical Mystery Tour. Surg Endosc 2015; 29:3423-3431. DOI 10.1007/s00464-015-4524-z 129. PMID: 26416375.

Gershuni V, Woodhouse J, Brunt LM. Retention of suturing and knot-tying skills in senior medical students after proficiency-based training: Results of a prospective randomized trial. Surgery 2013: 154:823-830. Doi 10.1016/jsurg.2013.07.016. PMID: 24074421.

Brunt LM. SAGES guidelines for minimally invasive treatment of adrenal pathology. Surg Endosc 2013;27:3957-3959. PMID: 23996338.

Bittner JB IV, Brunt LM. Evaluation and management of adrenal incidentaloma. J Surg Oncol 2012; 106:557-64. PMID: 22623268.


Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
Floor 8, Suite C
St. Louis, MO 63110


To request an appointment with Dr. Brunt, please call (314) 454-8877.