David Brauer

Assistant Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology


Dr. Brauer was born in Minneapolis and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He has extensive training in the management of benign and cancerous conditions of the liver, pancreas, bile duct, gallbladder, and upper gastrointestinal system. His primary focus is on the patient and caregiver experience: he ensures patients are informed and involved in their care, he seeks ways to improve access to care for patients of all backgrounds including through telehealth visits, and he focuses on minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical techniques including laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He is accepting new patients.

Research Summary

Dr. Brauer is a Health Services Researcher, meaning he focuses on the ways in which we use and deliver healthcare to patients. His research focuses on studying outcomes and designing interventions to decrease complications, readmissions, length of stay, and cost for patients undergoing HPB surgery. Recently, he is studying ways to improve access to surgery and post-surgical care for patients with HPB conditions, including the utilization of telehealth and regionalized care closer to home.

Research Interests
Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) Surgery
Liver Cancer/Cysts
Colorectal Liver Metastases
Pancreatic Cancer/Cysts
Gastric (stomach) Cancer
Gallbladder Cancer
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Robotic Surgery

Clinical Summary

Non-cancerous and cancerous conditions of the liver, pancreas, bile duct, gallbladder, stomach, and small intestine, as well as rarer abdominal tumors such as gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and neuroendocrine tumors. He also has an interest in the diagnosis and management of pancreas cysts and liver cysts, and incorporates minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic or robotic surgery) when it is appropriate.


MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
MS of Population Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

General Surgery Residency,
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri
Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York
General Surgery Residency,
Washington University School of Medicine


Administrative Contact

Academic Administrative Specialist
Arin Johnson

Division Manager
Stephanie Woods