David L. Brown, M.D., an anesthesiologist and a leading expert on pain management, has joined Cambridge Management Group (cmg625.com) as a senior adviser. He survived his own prolonged life-threatening illness related to military-acquired hepatitis C, which gave him a particularly deep understanding of the needs of patients and their families facing end-of-life decisions. The experience led Dr. Brown, an Air Force veteran, to found Curadux — a firm dedicated to pioneering a revolutionary decision-support model for those facing advanced illness.
Dr. Brown’s research has focused on acute pain relief in post-surgical patients, as well as relief of pain related to pancreatic cancer. He and colleagues are investigating a novel cannabinoid-2 compound (MDA-7) that shows promise for Alzheimer’s disease symptom management and relief of neuropathic pain.
He recently retired academically and clinically from the Cleveland Clinic, where he was professor and chairman of the Anesthesiology Institute.
Previously, he led the departments of anesthesiology at the University of Texas’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and the Virginia Mason Medical Center, as well as serving as professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Brown is past president of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine; past editor-in-chief of the journal Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine; past president of the Association of University Anesthesiologists, and past chairman of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Anesthesiology. He was also a member of the ACGME board.
He has been a director of the American Board of Anesthesiology and chairman of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research.
Dr. Brown received his medical degree in 1978 as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society, at the University of Minnesota, after undergraduate work at Iowa State University and the University of South Dakota. In 1982 he completed his anesthesiology residency at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center, in San Antonio. Before that, he was a flight surgeon in the USAF for the 319th Bombardment Wing.