H. Bryan Brewer Jr., MD is Director, Washington Cardiovascular Associates, Senior Research Consultant, Lipoprotein and Atherosclerosis Research at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, a division of MedStar Research Institute, in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining MedStar, Dr. Brewer was Chief of the Molecular Disease Branch at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, a position he held from 1976 to 2005.
Dr. Brewer is a prominent researcher who has published more than 490 original manuscripts and 75 reviews and book chapters on the subjects of genetic dyslipoproteinemias, lipoprotein metabolism, and atherosclerosis. He was a member of the Board of the National Cholesterol Education Program, which established treatment guidelines for patients with hyperlipidemia in the United States, and has served on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals. He is curent on the editorial board of Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Brewer's research led to the elucidation of the first published sequences for the human plasma apolipoproteins, the initial determination of the metabolism of the plasma apolipoproteins in normal and hyperlipidemic individuals, as well as the identification of multiple gene defects leading to the genetic dyslipoproteinemias. More recently, he has pioneered the use of transgenic mice and rabbits as well as recombinant adenovirus vectors to identify genes that modulate lipoprotein metabolism and the development of atherosclerosis.
A recipient of the JD Lane Investigator Award from the US Public Health Service, Dr. Brewer also received the Heinrich Wieland Prize from the Federal Republic of Germany and the Public Health Service Commendation Award, Meritorious & Service, Distinguished Service Medals from the NIH, George Lyman Duff Memorial Award Lecture, and the Robert I. Levy Award.
Dr. Brewer received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in California. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr Brewer joined the NHLBI.