Eric J. Brandt, MD is a cardiologist and lipidologist at the Yale University School of Medicine/Yale New Haven Hospital. He completed Internal Medicine training at the University of Chicago and his cardiovascular diseases fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Dr. Brandt’s early career has included work within multiple topics in cardiology, lipidology, and at the intersection of nutrition and policy. His most notable work has been focused on issues surrounding trans fat. Dr. Brandt introduced policy to the American Medical Association (AMA) to increase the AMA’s voice in supporting a nationwide ban of trans fat. Dr. Brandt is best known for his research in studying the effects of the trans fat restrictions in New York State. He found that there was a significant decline in heart attacks and strokes in counties where there were restrictions on the use of trans fats in restaurants. This work received national and international attention, including with the New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and the award for Excellence in Application of Pharmacoeconomic and Health Outcomes Research from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).
Dr. Brandt is pursuing a career that combines outcomes research and health policy with his clinical interests in general cardiology, lipid disorders, and cardiac genetics. Specifically he plans to continue studying the effects of nutrition policy on population outcomes. Most recently he is researching the implications of the 2018 Farm Bill by evaluating the effects of extending Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to include grocery delivery for those in food deserts. An additional area of interest includes understanding the complex relationship between nutritional strategies and how these alter the cardiovascular risk associated with lipid disorders.