Dr. Brandt cares for a wide variety of surgical problems in newborns and children. Although the majority of her practice, like all pediatric surgeons, is devoted to common problems such as appendicitis, reflux disease, and hernias, she has specific expertise in bariatric surgery for morbidly obese adolescents, newborn surgical anomalies, anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung’s disease, biliary tract disease and thyroid surgery in children.
Dr. Brandt is director of the William J. Pokorny Fellowship and mentors residents and students in the design and implementation of pediatric surgical clinical studies. She is also the primary BCM investigator for several NIH multi-center research grants focusing on adolescent bariatric surgery as a treatment modality for morbid obesity. An industry-funded multi-center study on which Dr. Brandt is the BCM principal investigator studies necrotizing enterocolitis, a neonatal gastrointestinal disease. She is a co-investigator on a national study of biliary atresia.