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David FM Brown, MD

  • Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine




David F. M. Brown, M.D. is Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also the MGH Trustees Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


Emergency Medicine

Centers & Specialties

Trauma Center

Clinical Interests
  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • Cardiovascular emergencies
  • Emergency Medicine administration
  • Emergency medicine education
Medical Education
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric
Provider Gender


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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.

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