Stephen D. Brown, MD


Dr. Stephen Brown

Stephen D. Brown MD, brings to this position his far-reaching expertise in medical ethics, deep knowledge of IPEP, and a forward-thinking perspective for the Institute. Steve is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and pediatric radiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. A faculty member in the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, he is a longstanding member of the Children’s Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee and an Associate Ethicist in the hospital’s Office of Ethics, with broad experience in clinical consultations, educational programming, and policy deliberations.

Steve was formerly Chair of the Professionalism Committee of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and a member of the RSNA Patient-Centered Radiology Steering Committee. He has received substantial recognition for his innovative scholarship and educational initiatives around ethics and communication. In 2006, he received a Children’s Hospital Faculty Career Development Award and was named an Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Scholar in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the inaugural recipient of the American Roentgen Ray Society Leonard Berlin Scholarship in Medical Professionalism, and a recipient of grants from the Kornfeld Program in Bioethics and Patient Care, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Harvard University William F. Milton Fund. Steve received a 2011 RSNA Education Scholar Award, and a 2014 Boston Children’s Hospital Academy Medical Educator Award for Innovative Scholarship in Medical Education.

His scholarship in ethics, professionalism and communication has extended well beyond radiology, with publications in Pediatrics, Acta Paediatrica, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Patient Education and Counseling, the Journal of Medical Ethics, and the American Journal of Bioethics. Currently, he is a Senior Scholar and Scholar Group Facilitator in the BCH Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship.

Steve has been active in the Leadership Circle of IPEP for many years and developed two successful PERCS Programs (Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills) – PERCS: Difficult Prenatal Conversations and PERCS-Radiology. He also participated in educational video modules for the IPEP-OPENPediatrics online course on Disclosure and Apology and serves as a facilitator for the moderated online workshops in this course.

“My hope is that this educational tool will help not only to train prenatal providers and referring physicians to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues in difficult circumstances, but also to facilitate consensus on best practices where possible, and to optimize amicable negotiation of differences where consensus cannot be achieved.”