Robert S. Brown Jr, MD, MPH, is the Frank Cardile Professor of Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Chief of the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He was a co-founder of the Liver Center, a joint program between Weill Cornell and Columbia University, which has grown into the largest liver transplant program in the region and one of the top 5 in the United States. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his medical degree from New York University in New York City, and his master’s degree in public health from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his internship and residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Brown is an active researcher, teacher, and clinician. He has published extensively in liver disease and transplantation, with over 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 60 reviews and book chapters. He has edited several books and is an associate editor for the journal Liver Transplantation. He is an internationally known teacher and speaker with frequent invited lectures at national and international meetings on liver disease topics. He received the prestigious Senior Attending Teaching Award at Columbia University and many of his former trainees now lead liver transplant programs in the United States and abroad. He served as the chair of the national committee to develop guidelines for living donor liver transplantation for the United Network for Organ Sharing. He has a very active clinical practice dedicated to liver disease patients, has been selected as the American Liver Foundation Physician of the Year, and has been one of New York Magazine’s Top Doctors every year since 2009. He lives in New York with his wife, Sarah, his children, Jacqueline, Peyton, Dylan, and Jake, along with 2 dogs, a cat, and a variable number of fish.