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Brian Gastman, MD

Brian Gastman, MD

Appointed: 2010

Brian Gastman, MD
Department: Plastic Surgery
Brian Gastman, MD
Department: Immunology

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Brian Gastman was recruited from his practice of almost six years from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Schools of medicine in October 2010. Dr. Gastman completed his medical school education at the University of Michigan and then went on to train at the University of Pittsburgh for two distinct residencies in Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery. While there he was part of a NIH funded T32 training grant, during which he honed his skills in basic research of cancer. In addition, Dr. Gastman completed fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis, in Head and Neck surgery and microsurgery. Prior to arriving at CCF, Dr. Gastman was awarded a RO1 NIH grant which was a large basis for his laboratory specializing in tumor immunology and treatment resistance.

Currently, Dr Gastman is a double boarded Plastic Surgeon and Otolaryngologist with specific interests in the comprehensive care of soft tissue malignancies, such as melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers, sarcomas and head and neck cancer. His additional fellowships in head and neck surgery, microsurgery and cancer research allows him to deal with these types of patients from an extirpative and reconstructive standpoint, as well as using his grasp of current non-traditional therapies and research to better council patients through these challenging pathologies. Currently Dr. Gastman has helped to institute a successful melanoma and soft tissue cancer clinic housed at the Taussig Cancer Center. At this clinic patients can be seen by not only him for extirpative and reconstructive consults, but also by medical and radiation oncologists all in the same setting. By creating such programs for patients Dr. Gastman strives to provide state of the art medicine all in the most expeditious and comprehensive fashion.

As a plastic surgeon he also specializes in complex reconstruction of the craniomaxillofacial skeleton, facial plastic surgery and is on the facial transplantation team. As an otolaryngologist, he uses his training to provide advanced treatment of nasal airway diseases as well as nasal reconstruction, e.g. rhinoplasty. Finally, Dr. Gastman also performs general reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the trunk, abdomen and extremities and is an expert in non-surgical treatment of aging.

Education & Fellowships

Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Plastic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA USA
2005
Fellowship - Washington University St. Louis Medical Center
Head & Neck Surgery
St. Louis, MO USA
2003
Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Otolaryngology
Pittsburgh, PA USA
2002
Internship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
General Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA USA
1997
Medical School - University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI USA
1996

Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastic Surgery

Awards & Honors

2011 Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award

  • Loan Repayment Renewal Award
  • 2009-2010
  • Loan Repayment Renewal Award
  • NIH
  • 2008-2009
  • Top Surgical Activity
  • Maryland General Hospital, Department of Surgery
  • March 30, 2007
  • Rising Star Award
  • Maryland General Hospital
  • March 30, 2007
  • Loan Repayment Award
  • NIH
  • 2006-2008
  • Highest In-Service Score Honor
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Award, Recognition, 46th Annual Meeting
  • Southwestern PA Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • March 29, 2000
  • Certificate of Aware, Grant Selection
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Foundation Resident Research Grant
  • AAO-HNS Annual Meeting
  • September 28, 1999
  • Resident Research Award
  • George C & Robert A Schein Memorial Otolaryngology Alumni Day
  • May 14-15, 1999
  • First Prize, Resident Research Award
  • American Head and Neck Society Scientific Program
  • April 25, 1999
  • Travel Grant, Fifth Research Workshop
  • Biology, Prevention and Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer
  • August 26-30, 1998
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Award
  • 1997-1999
  • National Research Service Award
  • T32-CA60397-04
  • 1997-1999
  • Graduated with Honors for thesis paper:
  • “The Effects of CoQ 10 During Endotoxin Shock”
  • University of Michigan
  • 1991
  • Graduated with Distinction
  • University of Michigan
  • 1991
  • Liaison Program Scholarly Award (to accelerate medical education to undergraduate students)
  • University of Michigan
  • 1990
  • Class Honor Role
  • University of Michigan

Memberships

  • American Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Member, 2002
  • American Board of Otolaryngology, Delegate, 2003
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member, 2006
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, Delegate, 2006
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council, Active member 2011
  • American Society for Microbiology (56855539),  Member,  2011

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 1/6/2014, Dr. Gastman has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Gastman receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Lifecell Corporation

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

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Languages Spoken

  • English