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David Andrew Brown

Associate Professor of Surgery
Surgery, Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery


David A. Brown, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Vice Chief of Research in the Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery at Duke University and Section Chief of Plastic Surgery at Durham VA Medical Center. Dr. Brown is originally from Colorado and studied engineering at the University of Colorado followed by a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at UCLA. He subsequently attended medical school at UC Irvine and went on to complete general surgery residency at University of Washington Medical Center followed by plastic surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Brown practices general reconstructive surgery, including the surgical treatment of skin defects left by cancer, infection, and trauma. His clinical interests include targeted muscle reinnervation and soft tissue reconstruction of the back. He is an NIH-funded researcher exploring mechanisms of limb and digit regeneration in mammals with the hope of one day applying regeneration-based therapies to human diseases. He is the medical director of the Duke Wound Healing Clinic and co-director of the Duke Regeneration Center. Dr. Brown is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the American Board of Wound Management.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Surgery · 2023 - Present Surgery, Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery, Surgery
Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center · 2021 - Present Regeneration Next Initiative, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Irvine · 2009 M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles · 2008 Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder · 1999 B.S.