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.


Respect and Dignity in the ICU

In this perspective in AJRCCM, we argue for a new approach to understanding respect and dignity and their relevance in the modern intensive care unit.

Partners in Healing experience published

In this research letter in Chest, we report the experience with Intermountain’s Partners in Healing project, by which family members were encouraged to participate in bedside care of cardiothoracic surgery patients. Participation in the program was associated with satisfaction for participants and a lower risk of rehospitalization after an ED visit after discharge.

Humanizing the ICU

In this brief Healthy Dialogues talk, I explore the reasons why dehumanization is so common in the ICU and how we can begin to restore the humanity of patients in the ICU.

Understanding privacy laws in the ICU

In this white paper, the Libretto Consortium Task Force lays out the issues relevant to balancing privacy and the needs of family members during the frightening experience of an ICU admission.

ABC4 Discussion about Valley of Shadows

In this ABC4 interview, I start to lay the groundwork for some of the work we are doing at the Center for Humanizing Critical Care and described in the book.

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.

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