• English


Undergraduate Degree

  • University of Pennsylvania , 1985 , Philadelphia , PA

Medical School

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine , 1990 , Philadelphia , PA


General Surgery
  • Stanford University Hospital , 1991 , Stanford , CA


  • Stanford University Hospital , 1992 , Stanford , CA


  • Massachusetts General Hospital , 1998 , Boston , MA


Pediatric Radiology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1999 , Boston , MA


  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2000 , Boston , MA


Medical Ethics
  • Harvard Medical School , 2004 , Boston , MA


Dr. Brown is a pediatric radiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Director of the Hospital’s Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP), which trains medical professionals to communicate with patients and families with more compassion and confidence. He is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and he serves as a core faculty member in the HMS Medical Ethics and Professionalism curriculum and as a Capstone Seminar Leader for the Master’s Program in Bioethics. Dr. Brown is an Associate Clinical Ethicist in the Boston Children’s Hospital Office of Ethics, Senior Scholar in its Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation, past Chair of the RSNA Professionalism Committee, and an inaugural member of the Society for Pediatric Radiology Ethics Committee. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, completed Diagnostic Radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and fellowships in Pediatric Radiology and Pediatric Interventional Radiology at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Brown received a 2006 Children's Hospital Faculty Career Development Award, and he 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 Milton Fund. A recipient of a certificate of Excellence in Tutoring by the Academy at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brown received a 2011 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Education Scholar Award, and a 2014 Boston Children’s Hospital Academy Medical Educator Award for Innovative Scholarship in Medical Education. His article entitled “Radiology trainees’ comfort with difficult conversations and attitudes about error disclosure: Effect of a communication skills workshop” was awarded as “Best of 2014” for Training and Education by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. His 2017 Radiology article entitled “Patient-Centered Radiology: Where are we, where do we want to be, and how do we get there?” was named by as the best scientific article of the year for the field of Radiology.


  • American Board of Radiology, Pediatric Radiology


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  1. Furman MS, Connolly SA, Brown SD, Callahan MJ. The pediatric stomach - masses and mass-like pathology. Pediatr Radiol. 2020 08; 50(9):1180-1190. View abstract
  2. Brown SD, Moreno JA, Shur N, Servaes S. Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) Child Abuse Committee response regarding Miller, Stolfi and Ayoub's flawed theories about child abuse and metabolic bone disease. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2020 Apr 28; 33(4):547-548. View abstract
  3. Brown SD, Bruno MA, Shyu JY, Eisenberg R, Abujudeh H, Norbash A, Gallagher TH. Error Disclosure and Apology in Radiology: The Case for Further Dialogue. Radiology. 2019 10; 293(1):30-35. View abstract
  4. Brown SD. The Need for National Guidance Around Informed Consent About GBCA Safety. Am J Bioeth. 2019 Apr; 19(4):75-77. View abstract
  5. DeBenedectis CM, Sarkany D, Morrow M, Del Re D, DiVito D, Brown SD, Slanetz PJ. Incorporating Patient- and Family-Centered Care Into Radiology Residency Training Through an Experiential Curriculum. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Jan; 16(1):96-101. View abstract
  6. Sarkany D, DeBenedectis CM, Brown SD. A Review of Resources and Methodologies Available for Teaching and Assessing Patient-Related Communication Skills in Radiology. Acad Radiol. 2018 07; 25(7):955-961. View abstract
  7. Hayden MC, Brown SD. "I Sleep, But My Heart Is Awake": <i>Negotiating marginal states in life and death</i>. Perspect Biol Med. 2018; 61(1):106-117. View abstract
  8. Antiel RM, Flake AW, Collura CA, Johnson MP, Rintoul NE, Lantos JD, Curlin FA, Tilburt JC, Brown SD, Feudtner C. Weighing the Social and Ethical Considerations of Maternal-Fetal Surgery. Pediatrics. 2017 Dec; 140(6). View abstract
  9. Antiel RM, Curlin FA, Lantos JD, Collura CA, Flake AW, Johnson MP, Rintoul NE, Brown SD, Feudtner C. Attitudes of paediatric and obstetric specialists towards prenatal surgery for lethal and non-lethal conditions. J Med Ethics. 2018 04; 44(4):234-238. View abstract
  10. Kemp JL, Mahoney MC, Mathews VP, Wintermark M, Yee J, Brown SD. Patient-centered Radiology: Where Are We, Where Do We Want to Be, and How Do We Get There? Radiology. 2017 11; 285(2):601-608. View abstract
  11. Brown SD, Rider EA, Jamieson K, Meyer EC, Callahan MJ, DeBenedectis CM, Bixby SD, Walters M, Forman SF, Varrin PH, Forbes P, Roussin CJ. Development of a Standardized Kalamazoo Communication Skills Assessment Tool for Radiologists: Validation, Multisource Reliability, and Lessons Learned. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Aug; 209(2):351-357. View abstract
  12. Brown SD. The Standoff. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 04; 14(4):547-548. View abstract
  13. Brown SD. Is there a place for CPR and sustained physiological support in brain-dead non-donors? J Med Ethics. 2017 10; 43(10):679-683. View abstract
  14. DeBenedectis CM, Gauguet JM, Makris J, Brown SD, Rosen MP. Coming Out of the Dark: A Curriculum for Teaching and Evaluating Radiology Residents' Communication Skills Through Simulation. J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 01; 14(1):87-91. View abstract
  15. Brown SD. Should Incidental Simple Renal Cysts Be Considered Normal Variants and Ignored in Radiologic Reports? Review of a Proposed Framework. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Oct; 13(10):1169. View abstract
  16. Meyer EC, Lamiani G, Luff D, Brown SD. Voices emerging from the shadows: Radiologic practitioners' experiences of challenging conversations. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 01; 100(1):133-138. View abstract
  17. Servaes S, Brown SD, Choudhary AK, Christian CW, Done SL, Hayes LL, Levine MA, Moreno JA, Palusci VJ, Shore RM, Slovis TL. The etiology and significance of fractures in infants and young children: a critical multidisciplinary review. Pediatr Radiol. 2016 May; 46(5):591-600. View abstract
  18. Luff D, Fernandes S, Soman A, Meyer EC, Brown SD. The Influence of Communication and Relational Education on Radiologists' Early Posttraining Practice. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Apr; 13(4):445-8. View abstract
  19. Hryhorczuk AL, Hanneman K, Eisenberg RL, Meyer EC, Brown SD. Radiologic Professionalism in Modern Health Care. Radiographics. 2015 Oct; 35(6):1779-88. View abstract
  20. Brown SD. Communication of Radiology Reports to Patients: Does One Size Fit All? J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Oct; 12(10):1007-8. View abstract
  21. Brown SD, Feudtner C, Truog RD. Prenatal Decision-Making for Myelomeningocele: Can We Minimize Bias and Variability? Pediatrics. 2015 Sep; 136(3):409-11. View abstract
  22. Truog RD, Brown SD, Browning D, Hundert EM, Rider EA, Bell SK, Meyer EC. Microethics: the ethics of everyday clinical practice. Hastings Cent Rep. 2015 Jan-Feb; 45(1):11-7. View abstract
  23. Brown SD, Serveas S, Hayes LL. SPR Child Abuse Committee Response regarding classic metaphyseal lesion. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Aug; 203(2):W232. View abstract
  24. Bruno MA, Petscavage-Thomas JM, Mohr MJ, Bell SK, Brown SD. The "open letter": radiologists' reports in the era of patient web portals. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Sep; 11(9):863-7. View abstract
  25. Brown SD, Callahan MJ, Browning DM, Lebowitz RL, Bell SK, Jang J, Meyer EC. Radiology trainees' comfort with difficult conversations and attitudes about error disclosure: effect of a communication skills workshop. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Aug; 11(8):781-7. View abstract
  26. Brown SD, Donelan K, Martins Y, Sayeed SA, Mitchell C, Buchmiller TL, Burmeister K, Ecker JL. Does professional orientation predict ethical sensitivities? Attitudes of paediatric and obstetric specialists toward fetuses, pregnant women and pregnancy termination. J Med Ethics. 2014 Feb; 40(2):117-22. View abstract
  27. Brown SD. Professional norms regarding how radiologists handle incidental findings. J Am Coll Radiol. 2013 Apr; 10(4):253-7. View abstract
  28. Brown SD, Donelan K, Martins Y, Burmeister K, Buchmiller TL, Sayeed SA, Mitchell C, Ecker JL. Differing attitudes toward fetal care by pediatric and maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec; 130(6):e1534-40. View abstract
  29. Brown SD, Ecker JL, Ward JR, Halpern EF, Sayeed SA, Buchmiller TL, Mitchell C, Donelan K. Prenatally diagnosed fetal conditions in the age of fetal care: does who counsels matter? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 May; 206(5):409.e1-11. View abstract
  30. Brown SD, Lehman CD, Truog RD, Browning DM, Gallagher TH. Stepping out further from the shadows: disclosure of harmful radiologic errors to patients. Radiology. 2012 Feb; 262(2):381-6. View abstract
  31. Brown SD. The intersection of ethics and communication in prenatal imaging: challenges for the pediatric radiologist. Pediatr Radiol. 2010 Apr; 40(4):514-7. View abstract
  32. Brown SD, Goske MJ, Johnson CM. Beyond substance abuse: stress, burnout, and depression as causes of physician impairment and disruptive behavior. J Am Coll Radiol. 2009 Jul; 6(7):479-85. View abstract
  33. Brown SD, Lyerly AD, Little MO, Lantos JD. Paediatrics-based fetal care: unanswered ethical questions. Acta Paediatr. 2008 Dec; 97(12):1617-9. View abstract
  34. Brown SD. The "fetus as patient": a critique. Am J Bioeth. 2008 Jul; 8(7):47-50; discussion W4-6. View abstract
  35. Brown SD, vanSonnenberg E. Issues in imaging-guided tumor ablation in children versus adults. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2007 Sep; 189(3):626-32. View abstract
  36. Kaste S, Laningham F, Stazzone M, Brown SD, Emery K, Newman B, Racadio J, Estroff J, Brill P, Mendelson KL, Slovis TL, Frush D. Safety in pediatric MR and cardiac CT: results of a membership survey of the Society for Pediatric Radiology-2006. Pediatr Radiol. 2007 Apr; 37(4):409-12. View abstract
  37. Brown SD, Zurakowski D, Rodriguez DP, Dunning PS, Hurley RJ, Taylor GA. Ultrasound diagnosis of mouse pregnancy and gestational staging. Comp Med. 2006 Aug; 56(4):262-71. View abstract
  38. Brown SD, Daly JC, Kalish LA, McDaniel SA. Financial disclosures of scientific papers presented at the 2003 RSNA Annual Meeting: association with reporting of non-Food and Drug Administration-approved uses of industry products. Radiology. 2006 Jun; 239(3):849-55. View abstract
  39. Brown SD, Truog RD, Johnson JA, Ecker JL. Do differences in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists positions on the ethics of maternal-fetal interventions reflect subtly divergent professional sensitivities to pregnant women and fetuses? Pediatrics. 2006 Apr; 117(4):1382-7. View abstract
  40. Morrison PR, Brown SD, vanSonnenberg E. Pediatric return electrodes for radiofrequency ablation in children. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2005 Jul; 185(1):84-5. View abstract
  41. Brown SD, Vansonnenberg E, Morrison PR, Diller L, Shamberger RC. CT-guided radiofrequency ablation of pediatric Wilms tumor in a solitary kidney. Pediatr Radiol. 2005 Sep; 35(9):923-8. View abstract
  42. Brown SD, Kasser JR, Zurakowski D, Jaramillo D. Analysis of 51 tibial triplane fractures using CT with multiplanar reconstruction. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2004 Nov; 183(5):1489-95. View abstract
  43. Gervais DA, Brown SD, Connolly SA, Brec SL, Harisinghani MG, Mueller PR. Percutaneous imaging-guided abdominal and pelvic abscess drainage in children. Radiographics. 2004 May-Jun; 24(3):737-54. View abstract
  44. Mitri RK, Brown SD, Zurakowski D, Chung KY, Konez O, Burrows PE, Colin AA. Outcomes of primary image-guided drainage of parapneumonic effusions in children. Pediatrics. 2002 Sep; 110(3):e37. View abstract
  45. Fauza DO, Barnewolt C, Brown SD, Jennings RW. Ultrasound-guided fetal tracheal occlusion. J Pediatr Surg. 2002 Mar; 37(3):300-2. View abstract
  46. Brown SD, Von Sonnenberg E, Mueller P. Interventional Radiology of the Liver, Biliary System, and Gallbladder. Lippincott-Raven, 1999. View abstract