Dr. Brown is a medical researcher, ICU physician, and historian of religion and culture. His current project, Through the Valley of Shadows: Living Wills, Intensive Care, and Making Medicine Human (Oxford University Press, Spring 2016) outlines and advocates fundamental reforms in the way medical treatments are provided to create a truly patient and family centered intensive care unit.


Ending visitation restrictions improves satisfaction in the ICU

Our work to humanize the ICU continues to bear fruit as work led by Diane Chapman is published in AJCC, the premier journal of critical care nursing. We’re grateful for the attention this study has generated and eager to continue to see improvements in real partnership among clinicians, patients, and families in the ICU.

Interview with Thinking Aloud

Interview with Marcus Smith of KBYU’s Thinking Aloud about the ways we navigate death in the contemporary medical environment.

Humanizing Intensive Care, interview with ABC4

In an interview with Nadia Crow of ABC4, I discuss highlights of our work at the Center for Humanizing Critical Care to improve Post Intensive Care Syndrome.

New phenotypes of severe infection identified

In this work on a large group of patients with life-threatening infection, we used a neural network technique called “self-organizing maps” to identify four different sub-groups of patients with severe infection.

Essay on ICU visitation published in BMJ

In this essay published in BMJ, I argue strongly that it’s past time to transform visitation in ICUs to make them truly patient-centered rather than clinician-centered.

PPQ validation published

In this early work, we validated the Intermountain PPQ instrument, which helps us measure patient and family experience with an ICU admission.

Definition of Patient/Family Engagement

In this paper in AJRCCM, we proposed a definition of patient and family engagement (PFE) relevant to the intensive care unit. We feel strongly that such a definition is crucial to improving research and practice on PFE.

Identification of long-term outcomes after severe shock

In this pioneering study of patients who survived shock so severe that their treatment was once thought to be futile, our group demonstrated that their long-term outcomes were reasonable. While they had residual physical disability, their mental/emotional outcomes were similar to population norms.

Donation URLs for #EbolaSwearJar

These are three reputable, well-organized NGOs working on Ebola. I’ve had personal contact with the first two and online contact with the third.

Research to identify ARDS Outcome Phenotypes now funded

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health has funded our work to employ big data statistical analysis techniques to identify and predict meaningful outcome phenotypes among survivors of the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This work is part of a collaboration with investigators at Johns Hopkins University and other sites.
This research should help us personalize treatments for people attempting to recover from a life-threatening illness.

Banner image is of Mount Mkinwartsveri (Kazbek), with the Church of St. Mary foreground left, image © Samuel Brown 2000