Dr. Jeff Brown (’98)
“CBU gave me the opportunity to form a professional network that I still rely on today. In an academic setting that is second to none, I was surrounded by like-minded individuals who also went on to perform extremely well in life.”
As a doctor and medical professional, Jeff Brown helps people from all walks of life, and as a husband, father, and community member, he has exemplified leadership and community service through virtually every phase of his life.
As a youth, Jeff volunteered for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and was a camp counselor for several years at a camp for Muscular Dystrophy patients. “This was a great experience for the kids and gave their parents a break from the constant care the children required,” he recalls now. “I still do some fund raising for MDA.” As a teen, Jeff also underwent surgery donating part of his leg muscle to his brother who suffered from Muscular Dystrophy in an experimental procedure that was highlighted on CNN and Discover Magazine.
He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1991 and was awarded the National Certificate of Merit by the Boy Scouts of America for lifesaving. As a Scout, he also performed countless hours of community service including volunteering at the food bank and conducting food drives. As a teenager, he led a project that took more than 100 hours of labor, building a terrace at Meeman Shelby Forest to prevent erosion.
In 1992, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a joint resolution, sponsored by State Rep. Dan Byrd, recognizing young Jeff for outstanding achievements serving his community. He also received letters of commendation from former U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, Senators Jim Sasser and Al Gore, Congressman Don Sundquist, Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter, and Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris. He also served as Honorable Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Memphis.
Jeff graduated with honors from CBU with a degree in Biology in 1998 where he also served as class president. He then went on to graduate with honors from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, receiving his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine in 2005. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He served as Chief Resident during his Anesthesiology residency at Case Western Reserve-Metro Health in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Brown spent 10 years working as a successful cardio-thoracic anesthesiologist.
After a life-changing spinal injury that altered his entire life and career, Jeff emerged with a greater empathy of how chronic pain affects physical and mental well-being. He took that insight further and went on to complete an Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University. He now works as a board-certified Interventional Pain Management physician at Semmes Murphey Clinic in Memphis.
In 2012, Dr. Brown was named a “Health Care Hero” by the Memphis Business Journal for innovations in Health Care and was also recognized for this achievement by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. He has several publications in his academic field as well.
Dr. Brown says that his favorite memory of CBU is “meeting the special lady that would ultimately become my wife.” He has been married to Debbie Conti Brown, a nurse and fellow CBU alum, for over 20 years, and they have two sons.
My mission is to take everything I have learned in academia and life and use it to improve the quality of life for my patients. I treat conditions that cause joint pain, especially in the knees, neck, and back as well as arm and leg pain. I specialize in minimally invasive procedures that locate and treat pain, requiring no long-term oral medications at all. This is a mission for me, not just a job.