BEST OF HEALTH Dr Richard J Brown with Brown Plastic Surgery
Dr. Richard J. Brown, MD, founded his practice, Brown Plastic Surgery in 2009 with the vision of creating a complete and personal plastic surgery experience focused on patients’ overall health and well-being. He provides procedures for body enhancements and breast reconstruction after breast cancer.
He and his team strive to make every patient feel like they are part of the family. Patient experience and satisfaction is Dr. Brown’s first priority. He prides himself on helping patients choose procedures that are right for them. He considers the short- and long-term health of his patients, both physically and psychologically.
Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Brown is a highly skilled plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience in his field. As an expert plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Brown is dedicated to helping others feel confident in their own skin.
A native of Atlanta, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. Before attending medical school in Chicago, Dr. Brown developed an interest in surgery while working as an orderly cleaning up operating rooms at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. He was eventually able to observe many surgeries, and the more he saw performed, the more he knew he wanted to become a surgeon. He earned his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School.
Dr. Brown first came to appreciate the specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery during his general surgery training at one of Chicago’s inner city hospitals. He saw the power of plastic surgery in changing and restoring lives after trauma.
Working with plastic surgery residents there, he conducted innovative research on the topic of scarring and wound healing. During that time, he wrote papers that were published in one of the top plastic surgery journals, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
After completing medical school, he attended Northwestern University to complete his General Surgery residency. Dr. Brown went on to become certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and complete his residency training in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha. He now has board certifications in both general surgery and plastic surgery.
WHY BEST OF HEALTH?
I am a Physician Assistant who has been caring for patients for over 20 years and Family Practice (cradle to grave) is my specialty.
Following the footsteps of three generations of family practice physicians (my father, grandfather and great grandfather) this was a natural and genetic calling that I do not regret.
Given this, I have a unique perspective and it’s time to share that perspective through Ask the PA. As a health care provider, teacher, business owner, patient, and advocate for my family and friends throughout the years, it has been painfully apparent there are disconnects within the current state of health care in the US and throughout the world. It can be confusing and frankly very scary.
It is my goal though this series, Best of Health, to bring people together that are passionate about their roles in the business of health care… and yes, whether or not you want to hear that it’s a business, it is — and that’s the fact. I will introduce to you great, dedicated practitioners and people with a passion for getting the word out about their personal journeys and causes. I will provide information about navigating through a confusing system, asking the right questions and share ways for saving money and time along the way.
It’s time to create change by partnering, empowering, and focusing on the patient, their families and their providers of care. It’s time for you to take the driver’s seat rather than leave your health care solely in the hands of entities such as insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry.
Stay tuned. Here’s to your Best of Health.
Barb is a Physician Assistant (PA) and a primary care provider with a passion for education and advocacy. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant (PA), Barb was an accomplished musician and teacher. In 1992, Barb made the conscious decision to leave teaching and her musical career in pursuit of a career in medicine. She graduated from AT Still University’s first PA class in 1997 with a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
Barb has spent several years working in clinics and family practices. Currently, Barb works for Premise Health at Insight Enterprises in Tempe, AZ as a solo practitioner providing primary care to employees and families on campus. She was also a partner in Renaissance Medical Group and Renaissance Medical Properties in Chandler and Maricopa, AZ and had a dual role of Chief Operations Officer and practicing PA for 14 years.
Along with being a PA, Barb is the author of the book Surviving the “Business” of Healthcare, Knowledge is Power! She is a certified Medical Professional Legal Consultant and Patient Advocate, speaker and influencer for change in healthcare for the patient, provider and family members. Barb is also certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants and is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
In her spare time, she loves to travel, maintaining an active lifestyle that includes running, biking, swimming. She loves to spend time outdoors with her family and friends, whether it’s walking on the beach or hiking in the desert.
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