Stephen D. Brown, MD

Director

Stephen D. Brown MD, brings to this position his far-reaching expertise in medical ethics and a forward-thinking perspective for the Institute. Steve is a pediatric radiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Director of the Hospital’s Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP), which trains medical professionals to communicate with patients and families with more compassion and confidence. He is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and serves as faculty for medical and Master’s students in its Center for Bioethics. Dr. Brown is an Associate Clinical Ethicist in the Boston Children’s Hospital Office of Ethics, Senior Scholar in its Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation, past Chair of the RSNA Professionalism Committee, and an inaugural member of the Society for Pediatric Radiology Ethics Committee. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, completed Diagnostic Radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and fellowships in Pediatric Radiology and Pediatric Interventional Radiology at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Brown received a 2006 Children’s Hospital Faculty Career Development Award, and he was named an Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Scholar in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the inaugural recipient of the American Roentgen Ray Society Leonard Berlin Scholarship in Medical Professionalism, and a recipient of grants from the Kornfeld Program in Bioethics and Patient Care, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Harvard University Milton Fund. A recipient of a certificate of Excellence in Tutoring by the Academy at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brown received a 2011 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Education Scholar Award, and a 2014 Boston Children’s Hospital Academy Medical Educator Award for Innovative Scholarship in Medical Education. These latter two awards were based on his work at IPEP. His team’s subsequent article, entitled “Radiology trainees’ comfort with difficult conversations and attitudes about error disclosure: Effect of a communication skills workshop,” was awarded as “Best of 2014” for Training and Education by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. His 2017 Radiology article entitled “Patient-Centered Radiology.  Where are we, where do we want to be, and how do we get there?” was named the best scientific article of the year for the field of Radiology.

Read a recent interview with Dr. Brown in the ACR monthly bulletin:  “The Art of the Apology.”

 

Publications:

Stephen D. Brown, MD • Michael A. Bruno, MD, MS • Jeffrey Y. Shyu, MD, MA, MPH •Ronald Eisenberg, MD, JD • Hani Abujudeh, MD, MBA • Alexander Norbash MD, MS •Thomas H. Gallagher, MD, Error Disclosure and Apology in Radiology: The Case for Further Dialogue.  RSNA, August 2019.

Brown SD, Rider EA, Jamieson K, Meyer EC, Callahan MJ, Benedectis C, Bixby SD, Walters M, Forman SF, Varrin PH, Forbes P, Roussin CJ, Development of a Standardized Kalamazoo Communication Skills Assessment Tool For Radiologists (KalRad): Validation, Multisource Reliability, and Lessons Learned. American Journal of Radiology. August 2017.

Brown SD, Rider EA, Jamieson K, Meyer EC, Callahan MJ, Benedectis C, Bixby SD, Walters M, Forman SF, Varrin PH, Forbes P, Roussin CJ, Development of a Standardized Kalamazoo Communication Skills Assessment Tool For Radiologists (KalRad): Validation, Multisource Reliability, and Lessons Learned, AJR 2017 May 24:1- 7. doi: 10.2214/AJR.16.17439. [Epub ahead of print]

Kemp JL, Mahoney MC, Mathews VP, Wintermark M, Yee J, Brown SD, Patient-Centered Radiology. Where are we, where do we want to be, and how do we get there? Radiology 2017 Nov; 285(2):601-608.

DeBenedectis CM, Gauguet J-M, Makris J, Brown SD, Rosen MP, Coming Out of the Dark: A curriculum for teaching and evaluating radiology residents’ communications skills through simulation, JACR 2017 Jan; 14 (1) 87–91

Meyer EC, Lamiani G, Luff D, Brown SD. Voices emerging from the shadows: Radiologic practitioners’ experiences of challenging conversations. Patient Education and Counseling 2017 Feb (100):133-138

Meyer EC, Lamiani G, Luff D, Brown SD. Voices Emerging from the Shadows: Radiologic Practitioners’ Experiences of Challenging Conversations. Patient Education and Counseling. 2016; 99:1461-1466.

Truog RD, Brown SD, Browning D, Hundert EM, Rider EA, Bell SK, Meyer EC. Microethics: The Ethics of Everyday Clinical Practice. Hastings Center Report 2015 Jan;45(1):1-7.

Brown SD, Callahan MJ, Browning DM, Lebowitz, RL, Bell SK, Jang J, Meyer EC, Radiology trainees’ comfort with difficult conversations and attitudes about error disclosure Effect of a communication skills workshop. Journal of the American College of Radiology 2014 Aug; 11(8)781-7.

Brown SD, Lehman CD, Truog RD, Browning DM, Gallagher TL, Stepping Out Further from the Shadows Disclosure of Harmful Radiologic Errors to Patients, Radiology, February 2012; 262(2):381-386. PMCID: PMC3267076.