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David R Brown, MD

Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Family Medicine, Department of Humanities, Health, and Society
AHC2 593

Dr. David R. Brown is board certified in Family Medicine. After completing his residency in 1994, Dr. Brown began his career in academic medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. He subsequently held faculty appointments at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine and then the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2001 before joining Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU HWCOM) in March 2009. Dr. Brown is the founding Chief of Family Medicine in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society. In April 2011, he was appointed Chair of Family Medicine at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, where he directs the developing Family Medicine Residency. He is Co-founder of the Historic Overtown Public Health Empowerment (HOPE) Collaborative and co-editor of The Overtown Cookbook. His research includes a phenomenological study of interprofessional collaboration and a participatory research study of health disparities in Miami, FL. At FIU HWCOM, Dr. Brown has facilitated an interprofessional faculty team in developing the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELPTM (Health Education Learning Program) clinical and education programs and the longitudinal Family Medicine curriculum, integrating clinical, social, and behavioral sciences through class work, small groups, clinical skills training, and an interprofessional community oriented primary care program.

Education and Training

  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Residency, Family Medicine, Natividad Medical Center, University of California at San Francisco, Salinas, California
  • Fellowship, Participatory Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida


  • Family Medicine

Select Publications

  • Brown, DR, Brewster, LG, Commentary. The food environment is a complex social network. Soc Sci Med. 2015 May;133:202-4. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.03.058. Epub 2015 Apr 1. PMID: 25863975.
  • Rock JA, Acuña JM, Lozano JM, Martinez IL, Greer PJ Jr, Brown DR, Brewster L, Simpson JL. Health impact of an academic-community partnership for medical education: evaluation of a novel student-based home visitation program. South Med J. 2014; 107(4):203-11. (PMID: 24937510 | DOI: 10.1097/SMJ.0000000000000080)
  • Brown DR, Hernández A, Saint-Jean G, Evans S, Tafari I, Brewster LG, Celestin MJ, Gómez-Estefan C, Regalado F, Akal S, Nierenberg B, Kauschinger ED, Schwartz R, Page JB. A participatory action research pilot study of urban health disparities using rapid assessment response and evaluation. Am J Public Health. 2008;98(1):28-38.
  • Brown D, Mechaber A, Trapido E, Mites Campbell M, Marcus E, Aftab A, et al. Tobacco Cessation Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). MedEdPORTAL;2009. Available at:
  • Brown D, Celestin M, Spruill T, Hernández A, Brewster L, Brewster C, Akal S, Page J. The development of a cultural competency observational tool. Medical Teacher. 2010.32(6)536-7.
  • Brown D, Jennings A, Brewster L, Thomas E, Morton A, Rivera T, Burke M, et al. (2010) The Overtown Cookbook. 2011.
  • Brown D, Brewster CD, Karides M, Lukas LA. The phenomenon of collaboration: A phenomenologic study of collaboration between family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology departments at an academic medical center. The Qualitative Report.Vol 16; No 3. 2011:657-681.

Areas of Interest

  • Medical Education
  • Community Oriented Primary Care
  • Intercultural Competencies
  • Collaboration
  • Health Equity