Jay Lombard

Food as Medicine Faculty

Dr. Jay Lombard is the co-founder of Genomind, a genetic based testing company devoted to improving the lives of patients with psychiatric and neurological conditions. The technology supports the development and implementation of personalized medicine to enhance the care of patients with complex brain conditions. Dr. Lombard’s discoveries has been regarded by several key opinion leaders as some of the most significant breakthroughs in psychiatry.

Prior to co-founding Genomind, Dr Lombard served as chief of Neurology at Bronx Lebanon Hospital between 2007-2011. He was also the head of the stroke division at the medical center, and has previously held academic medical appointments at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Lombard served as chief of Neurology at Westchester Square Medical Center from 1995-2000, and at the Brain Behavior Center in Rockland County, NY, from 2000-2007, where he specialized in patients with intractable neurological and psychiatric disorders. He has been honored as one of the top Neurologists in NY. More recently, Dr. Lombard has held the position as Chief Medical Officer for the Cure Batten’s Disease Foundation. In this capacity, Dr. Lombard helped lead a team of researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to develop the first human intrathecal gene trial for Batten’s disease approved by the FDA.

Dr. Lombard has written extensively on neuroscientific topics, including several peer-reviewed papers and medical textbooks, among them the New England Journal of Medicine, Medical Hypothesis, Clinics of North America, Journal of Managed Care and Expert Opinion. His research has included an original hypothesis linking autism to mitochondrial dysfunction. He has also published articles in peer- reviewed medical journals covering diverse topics from Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric neuropsychiatric disorders, and pharmacogenomics in psychiatry.

Dr. Lombard is also a widely-acclaimed author of popular nonfiction works related to the effects of nutrition and the brain, including the Brain Wellness Plan (Kensington 1998); Balance Your Brain, Balance Your Life (Wiley 2003); and Freedom from Disease (St. Martin’s 2008). Dr. Lombard has optioned his upcoming book- Mind of God– to Random House. He lectures frequently, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Lombard has also been an adviser to the film industry, where he served as a medical consultant for Academy Award-winning directors Jonathan Demme and Martin Scorsese on Hollywood feature films. He has also appeared as a guest on numerous TV and radio programs, including Larry King Live, CBS News, the Food Network, and with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Dr. Lombard has appeared as a featured speaker at TedMed in April 2012, where he lectured on the challenges of understanding complex disorders of the brain. Jay Walker, founder of TedMed, described Dr. Lombard as “part Freud, part Sherlock Holmes.”

Dr. Lombard received his Medical degree from Nova University in 1988 and his postdoctoral medical training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he was the chief resident of neurology and completed two additional years of training in psychiatry. He is married with two children, and lives in Rockland County, NY.