David Brown, MD, current vice chair of the MGH Department of Emergency Medicine, has been selected as the department’s next chief. Brown will begin his new position Oct. 1, succeeding Alasdair Conn, MD, who has led the department for more than 25 years. Conn will remain active at the MGH assisting in medical air transport, access, philanthropy and teaching.
Brown says he is excited and honored to lead Emergency Medicine at the hospital. “The department has a solid foundation based on a talented and motivated group of faculty; a superb residency training program; and strong partnerships with nursing, administration and other clinical services.”
Brown says his vision for the future is to expand the scope of MGH emergency medicine by strengthening clinical partnerships with primary care providers, specialists and community emergency physicians to better integrate patient care. According to Brown, the use of medical simulation will be a key to improving education and training. Other priorities will be the expansion of research programs and emergency services locally as well as globally. “The opportunities to innovate and create are abundant. I can’t wait to get started,” Brown says.
Brown graduated from Princeton University in 1985 and received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1989. He completed his training at the MGH and is a diplomate of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. An accomplished clinician, scholar, teacher, mentor and administrator, Brown lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to cardiovascular emergencies,
his primary academic concentration. His innovative work in emergency department process redesign has been published, widely cited and emulated.
“I am so pleased David has been selected,” says Conn. “He is an individual of unique talents and strengths and I’m sure he will be able to guide the department through the next decade and beyond. There are enormous challenges to be solved in health care delivery – David is more than equal to the task; the search committee has made a superb choice. I wish David all the best in future years.”
During his tenure at the MGH, Conn led the establishment of national and international emergency care systems.
He helped to build the Boston MedFlight program and spearheaded the creation of a professional attending service, a joint residency program, a robust research program and oversaw numerous Emergency Department renovations, resulting in increased efficiency despite growing patient volumes.
Keith Lillemoe, MD, chief of the MGH Department of Surgery, led the national search process for the new chief. “It became apparent that Dr. Brown, in his role as vice chair, has been instrumental in assisting Dr. Conn in achieving such a high level of success,” Lillemoe says. “His experience with operational matters as well as supporting the academic mission, his valuable role in the training program, the fact that he is beloved throughout the department by current faculty, residents, staff and graduates of the program and finally the respect he garners from the leaders of Emergency Medicine throughout the Harvard system and the country made David an easy choice.”
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