Dr. Emery Brown is an expert in understanding the neurophysiological basis for how general anesthesia works and passionate about his desire to pass this understanding on to others. Recent technological advances allow large amounts of data to be recorded from the brain. Brown’s lab is developing statistical tools and algorithms to analyze and interpret this data with the goal of more effectively monitoring the depth of brain anesthesia and developing safer and more specific anesthetic drugs.
Brown is the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and a practicing anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and of Computational Neuroscience at MIT and an Investigator of the Picower Center for Learning and Memory at MIT. Brown received his BA in mathematics, his PhD in statistics, and his MD, all from Harvard University.
Brown has received numerous honors and awards over the course of his career. He is one of only a handful of scientists to be elected to all three branches of the National Academies: Science, Engineering and Medicine. Recently, his pioneering research was recognized with the Dickson Prize for Science in 2018. Learn more about Dr. Brown’s research here and here.