Brian Fertig, M.D., F.A.C.E., is the Founder and President of the Diabetes & Osteoporosis Center in Piscataway, New Jersey, established in 1994. Dr. Fertig’s experience in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism, including internship, residency, fellowship, and private practice, spans a period of 34 years. Dr. Fertig is also an Associate Professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Chairman of the Department of Diabetes & Endocrinology at Hackensack Meridian Health – JFK University Medical Center. His passion for patient care and for finding the root problems of disease was his motivation and purpose for writing a 2 volume comprehensive book on metabolism, called “Metabolism &Medicine”. On his exploratory journey, Dr. Fertig discovered modern conceptual tools to improve the problem-solving skill sets of great utility for him, his practitioner colleagues, and the next generation of healthcare providers. His genuine concern for the future of medical student education is one of the main factors that motivated him to write this book. Additionally, he is also concerned with the need for interdisciplinary expertise to augment the execution of patient care, but particularly in light of an expanding reliance on Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. His philosophy is based on the concept that the greater the network of interdisciplinary scientific and clinical expertise, the greater the collective skillset and hence the benefit to the patient. The ever-increasing use of bioinformatics paves the way toward personalized-scale medicine. However, the way forward for medicine should also include skillful adaptation of methods developed in physics, which will allow quantification of therapeutic solutions with unprecedented precision. Since physics has a tendency to generalize empirical observations to formulate laws of nature while biology takes pains to tease out detailed specificities, the marriage of the two fields promises the most enlightened future direction for medicine as both an art and a science.
Examining Metabolism Through The Lens Of Physics
Dr. Fertig examines metabolism through the lens of physics. This new, ground-breaking way of looking at an old problem has resulted in data-driven insights into the body’s biological systems. Dr. Fertig’s insights can integrate with big data and AI algorithms, producing future care which will be personalized, predictive, and precision based.
“These discoveries can change the way individuals perceive and approach their own health,” explains Dr. Fertig. “You shouldn’t have to be a doctor to know how your body functions. I’m glad to give people a tool to help them understand and take charge of their health.”
Experts agree that Dr. Fertig’s research is essential work in endocrinology, health, and metabolism. Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Dr. Fertig have collaborated on several essential articles on the subject. Dr. Chopra says that Dr. Fertig’s research is vital information “for anyone interested in the intersection between physics and medicine, especially related to the understanding of how the application of modern physical concepts may help achieve optimum health.”
Dr. Fertig has also been invited to speak at numerous international forums including multiple conferences in Torino, Italy, sponsored by the Academy of Sciences, addressing a mixed European audience of scientists and clinicians on various metabolism-related topics. This winter, Dr. Fertig will also speak at the Neuroscience World Congress – jointly sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and St. Louis University – where he will discuss the endocrinology and metabolism of the stress response.
Among his accomplishments, Dr. Fertig has authored “Metabolism & Medicine,” a two-volume book covering both basic and applied aspects of metabolism. Volume 1 explores areas of modern physics with major implications for biology and medicine with Volume 2 focusing on the metabolic basis for the development of chronic diseases of aging through complex interactions of multiple parameters. Overall, the book can be viewed as a primer for a scientific foundation, which is aimed to guide students, physicians, and other health care professionals (applied scientists) as well as the larger family of basic interdisciplinary and computer scientists, and to serve as a resource for the pursuit of three basic drives: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
Thus far, he has received more than 15 accolades from international giants in the field of metabolism, including:
Michael Houghton, PhD, 2020 Nobel Laureate & Physiology Professor of Medicine, University of Alberta: “A comprehensive and original opus linking metabolism with disease and preventative directions for the future. A must read for experts and students alike.”
Jeffrey I. Mechanick, MD, Professor of Medicine, past President of the American College of Endocrinology and the American College of Clinical Endocrinologists, Director of Metabolic Support within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Bone Disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: “’Metabolism & Medicine’ by Dr. Brian Fertig is an unparalleled adventure, leaving the reader with just the right measure of resolve to learn even more. I strongly recommend Dr. Fertig’s opus for those still interrogating metabolism and medicine for satisfying answers.”
Bart Staels, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology (‘classe exceptionnelle’) at Institut Pasteur de Lille, France: “This transdisciplinary book beautifully tells the story of the dynamics of life in health and disease. In an unprecedented tour de force, Brian Fertig connects fundamental physicochemical mechanisms to the dynamics of metabolism. A mind-boggling book for everyone to read.”
Stan Schwartz, MD, Emeritus Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and mentor for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Fellowship faculty members during Dr. Fertig’s fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania: “This is a masterpiece!!! A truly unique point of view that should make all physicians THINK more as they care for their patients. I know you’ve been working hard for a long time on this and want you to know – YOU’VE SUCCEEDED!.”
Seth Braunstein, MD, PhD, Emeritus Associate Professor of Medicine, Past Director of the Diabetes Program at the University of Pennsylvania (Perleman) School of Medicine and Dr. Fertig’s mentor during his Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism fellowship at Penn: “What a monumental work! It reads very well and is a wonderful history of the understanding and development of human metabolism and physiology in health and disease. How you put all this together astounds me, and I congratulate you. I would recommend the two volumes for any student of the history of science, and especially to those interested in the field of metabolism and its development, as well as to people active in the field.”
In the December 2021 issue of the Herald HSOA journal of Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Medicine Dr. Fertig, along with Deepak Chopra and Jack Tuszynski, published his healthcare model, “The Physiological Fitness Landscape.” This dynamic and precision personalized scale of medicine has transformative potential for the future of medicine, and was introduced by Dr. Fertig and Dr. Tuszynski in Volume 1 of his book, “Metabolism & Medicine,” released January 26th, 2022. The model uses methods first developed in the physical sciences and adapts them to medicine and physiology. It is proposed as a powerful tool in the management of disease and in the maintenance of a long health span.
Additionally, Dr. Fertig has co-authored several online article publications with Deepak Chopra, MD, and Jack A. Tuszynski, PhD, D.Sc., including:
- “Is Metabolism the Key to Disease and Aging?“
- “What if Aging is a Mistake?“
- “Why Isn’t Your Body Perfect?“
- “The Remarkable Importance of the Goldilocks Zone“
- “An Improbable Mystery: Who’s Minding the Store?”
- “What If Everything Is Alive?”
- “Order Out of Chaos, Why You Aren’t a Hurricane?”
- “Your Health Needs a New Map: Here It Is”
- “A Stress Remedy That Works”
- “You Are What You Eat Should Be You Are What You Ate”
- “How to Live the Mystery of Life”