About David Brown, MD

Dr. David Brown is Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH.  Dr. Brown graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He then completed his internship and residency at MGH. He is the MGH Trustees Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Brown is an active clinician-teacher-administrator. Dr. Brown has led new initiatives for the MGH ED, including multiple ED renovations and expansions, implementation of electronic patient tracking, electronic physician order entry and documentation, and the redesign of patient triage and screening.

Dr. Brown has published more than 200 peer reviewed manuscripts and is noted as the founding section editor of the monthly Case Presentation section of the Journal of Emergency Medicine, numerous textbook chapters, primarily on topics related to cardiovascular emergencies, his role as inaugural editor in chief of Scientific American: Emergency Medicine. He is also the author several textbooks, including "A Visual Guide to ECG Interpretation", which is in its second edition and has been translated into Mandarin.

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Emergency Medicine**
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Fax: 617-726-0311

Medical Education

  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Dr. Brown's research interests include cardiovascular emergencies, most notably acute coronary syndromes, resuscitation, and airway management, as well as utilization of imaging in the ED.  He has also led and still participates in a research team focused on ED efficiency, safety, and process flow.  He is the author of more than 200 peer reviewed manuscripts.


  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Dr. David Brown is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and he lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to cardiovascular emergencies, his primary area of academic interest.