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Brown, David R., MD

Title: Associate Professor, Chief of Family & Community Medicine; and Vice Chair of Humanities, Health, and Society

Office: AHC2 593

Phone: 305-348-1476


Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Education: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Department(s): Humanities, Health and Society

Dr. Brown is a board certified family physician and an educator scholar. He began his career teaching and practicing Family Medicine at the Physician Center at Mililani and the Wahiawa General Hospital Family Medicine Residency, an affiliate of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He later taught and practiced at Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas and the Natividad Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, an affiliate of University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, and at the Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Medical Center and the Jackson Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency, an affiliate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

In March 2009, Dr. Brown joined Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). He has had a lead role in building the award winning Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP) an interprofessional community engaged program integrating social and behavioral care with primary care.

He has collaborated to develop longitudinal medical student curricula in clinical skills, motivational interviewing, family medicine, and integrating clinical, social, behavioral, and health system sciences in health care. He also developed the first new residency training program at HWCOM, the West Kendall Baptist Hospital Florida International University Family Medicine Residency and plays a lead role with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency Pilot.

His research interests include medical education, entrustment, collaboration, population health, and integrating social and behavioral services into healthcare.

Education and Training

  • BS, Humanities and Science, BS, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987
  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, 1991
  • Residency, Family Medicine, Natividad Medical Center, University of California at San Francisco, Salinas, California, 1994
  • Fellowship, Participatory Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, 2005


  • Family Medicine

Select Publications

  • Greer PJ, Brown DR, Brewster LG, Lage OG, Esposito KF, Whisenant EB, Anderson FG, Castellanos NK, Stefano TA, Rock JA. Socially Accountable Medical Education: An Innovative Approach at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Academic Medicine. 2018 Jan;93(1):60-65.
  • Obeso V, Brown D, Aiyer M, Barron B, Bull J, Carter T, Emery M, Gillespie C, Hormann M, Hyderi A, Lupi C, Schwartz M, Uthman M, Vasilevskis EE, Yingling S, Phillipi C, eds.; for Core EPAs for Entering Residency Pilot Program. Toolkits for the 13 Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges; 2017.
  • Brown, DR, Warren JB, Hyderi A, Drusin RE, Moeller J, Rosenfeld M, Orlander PR, Yingling S, Call S, Terhune K, Bull J, Englander R, Wagner DP. Finding a Path to Entrustment in Undergraduate Medical Education. A Progress Report from the Entrustment Concept Group of the AAMC Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency Pilot. Academic Medicine. 2017 Jun;92(6):774-779.
  • Brown, DR, Gillespie, C. C., & Warren, J. B. (2016). EPA 9—Collaborate as a Member of an Interprofessional Team: a Short Communication from the AAMC Core EPAs for Entering Residency Pilot Schools. Medical Science Educator. 2016;26(3):457-461
  • Brogan Hartlieb K, Engle B, Obeso V, Pedoussaut MA, Merlo LJ, Brown DR. Advanced patient-centered communication for health behavior change: motivational interviewing workshops for medical learners. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2016;12:10455.
  • Brown, DR, Brewster, LG, Commentary. The food environment is a complex social network. Social Science & Medicine. 2015 May;133:202-4.
  • 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.
  • Brown D, Jennings A, Brewster L, Thomas E, Morton A, Rivera T, Burke M, et al. 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. 2011. Vol 16; No 3. 2011:657-681.
  • 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 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. American Journal of Public Health. 2008;98(1):28-38.

Areas of Interest

  • Medical education
  • Entrustment
  • Collaboration
  • Population health
  • Integrating social and behavioral care into healthcare