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Brian J. Browne, MD

Academic Title:


Primary Appointment:

Emergency Medicine

Secondary Appointment(s):


Administrative Title:

Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine; Physician In Chief For Statewide Emergency Medicine Services


110 South Paca Street, 6th Floor - Suite 200

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-8025


(410) 328-8028

Education and Training

  • Syracuse University, BS, Biology, 1974
  • Niagara University and Roswell Park Memorial Institute, MS,  1975
  • SUNY, Downstate Medical Center, College of Medicine, MD, 1979
  • Residency, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1982
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Emergency Medicine, 1985 


Dr. Browne is internationally recognized as one of the pioneers of emergency medicine. In 1984, after becoming one of the first physicians in the United States to complete residency training in emergency medicine, Dr. Browne came to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he was instrumental in turning a small emergency room operation into a clinical and educational program that is modeled around the world. The Department of Emergency Medicine now has 75 faculty members, including many of the top educators and clinicians in the specialty. The emergency medicine residency has more than 50 residents on its three tracks. Dr. Browne also developed the Maryland Emergency Medicine Network, which encompasses 14 EDs serving rural, suburban, and urban communities in Maryland, where 550,000 patients are assessed and treated every year. He was instrumental in the creation of Maryland ExpressCare, the critical care communications and transport service that enables community physicians anywhere in the state to consult with university-based specialists and transfer patients in need of specialty medical care to the medical center. More than 11,200 patients are transported by this program’s ambulances and helicopter each year, representing 25% of the medical center’s admissions. Dr. Browne is a popular speaker at professional forums in the U.S. and abroad, acknowledging his career and renown as a leading clinician, educator, and innovator in the specialty of emergency medicine.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Emergency Medicine, Emergency Cardiology/Chest Pain Evaluation, Information Systems/Health Surveillance, Cancer Screening, Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack, Dermatology

Highlighted Publications

LaMonte MP, Bahouth MN, Magder LS, Alcorta RL, Bass RR, Browne BJ, Floccare DJ, Gaasch WR, for the Emergency Medicine Network of the Maryland Brain Attack Center. A regional system of stroke care provides thrombolytic outcomes comparable with the NINDS Stroke Trial. Annals of Emergency Medicine 54(3):319–327, September 2009.

Pimentel L, Hirshon JM, Barrueto F Jr, Browne BJ. Development of a university-based emergency department network: lessons learned. Journal of Emergency Medicine 43(4):728‒735, October 2012.

Hayes BC, Zaharna L, Winters ME, Feemster AA, Browne BJ, Hirson JM. To-Go medications for decreasing ED return visits. American Journal of Emergency Medicine 30(9):2011‒2014, November 2012.

Lawner BJ, Hirshon JM, Comer AC, Nable JV, Kelly J, Alcorta RL, Pimentel L, Tupe CL, Vanhoy MA, Browne BJ. The impact of a freestanding ED on a regional emergency medical services system. American Journal of Emergency Medicine [Epub ahead of print, 2015 Nov 18].

Awards and Affiliations

  • National Defense Award, Desert Shield, 1991
  • Outstanding Unit Award, USAF, Maryland Air National Guard, 1992
  • Theodore Mars Award, Outstanding Medical Squadron, USAF, Maryland Air National Guard, 1992
  • Outstanding Unit Award, USAF, Maryland Air National Guard, 1994
  • Commendation by JCAHO, “Best Emergency Preparedness Manual”, 1995
  • “Top Doctor, Emergency Medicine,” Baltimore Magazine, Baltimore, Maryland, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Maryland Fourth-Year Medical Students, 2006
  • Master Teacher in Emergency Medicine Award, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 2009
  • Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2011
  • Health Services Leadership Award, Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 2013

Previous Positions

  • Lenox Hill Hospital, Department of Emergency Services, 1983-1984
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1984-1985