Dr. Brian Weiner is a new to the University of Florida College of Medicine. Being new gave him a fresh view of the Gainesville area.
Coming from the NY metro area, Gainesville struck him as being relatively small and self-contained. It reminded him of:
- The ongoing relationship of the world famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN with the surrounding area, Olmstead County. Mayo Clinic physicians often studied the health of the residents of the area, leading to insights that help us all, doctor and patient alike.
- The long running Framingham, MA heart study. Members of this small community were closely followed by researchers from the Harvard Medical School, starting in 1948. This study led to ground breaking advances in the management of heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver, that continue to enrich our lives today.
As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Weiner has interests in gastroparesis [paralysis of the stomach, associated with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain], gastrointestinal motility disturbances [abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting] and the medical treatment of obesity. These are challenging conditions to treat. The rather unsophisticated state of the art in these conditions today reminded Dr. Weiner of the relatively primitive situation in cardiology in the mid-20th century, at the time of the beginning of the Framingham Heart Study. This is an area of medicine ripe for study and innovation.