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Outstanding Alumni Awards - Scott Braunstein

Scott Braunstein
Scott Braunstein ’86

Through three major career changes, Scott Braunstein, M.D., has remained focused on one major goal: helping patients.

Braunstein’s first, decade-long career as a practicing physician included roles as an assistant clinical professor for Columbia University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. From there he pivoted to investment management, working as a healthcare analyst and portfolio manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. In that role, he grew the company’s Global Healthcare 81fund from $20 million in assets to over $3 billion in just five years. 

Now, Braunstein works as chief strategy officer for Pacira Pharmaceuticals, which focuses on developing opioid-free products for acute postsurgical pain, and is operating partner at the healthcare private equity firm Aisling Capital. He’s also on the board of Esperion Pharmaceuticals, which develops targeted cholesterol-lowering drugs.

In his service to Cornell, Braunstein has worked with the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, as an on-campus advisor to students interested in medicine, financial services and health care consulting, and on the board of the CALS Alumni Association. Through that association, Braunstein helped initiate a grant program that provides financial assistance to undergraduates for summer experimental research.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Lisa. They have two sons, Jordan ’16 and David ’21.