David Lawrence Brown MD

Associate Professor, Surgery
Plastic Surgery, Surgery
Clinical Interests:

Dr. Brown specializes in reconstruction of the face following cancer removal, aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, cosmetic surgery, reconstructive microneurovascular surgery, and the care of difficult wound problems. He has a particular interest in the education of plastic surgeons, and has received honors and awards for his teaching.

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U of M Plastic Surgery

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U of M Plastic Surgery

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Medical School or Training

  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1993


  • University of Cincinnati, Surgery General, OH, 1997


  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Michigan Health System, 2000

  • Microsurgery, St. Vincent/University of Melbourne, 2001

Board Certification

  • Plastic Surgery


Dr. Brown has an active laboratory research effort which focuses on tissue engineering. He currently has active projects aimed at the development of blood vessels, skeletal and heart muscle, and kidney replacement tissues. He has several active and prior research grants, from agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. He and his laboratory trainees have received numerous awards and recognition for this research.


David L. Brown, M.D. serves as an Associate Professor in the Section of Plastic Surgery at the University Michigan School of Medicine. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Brown received his M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. He underwent General Surgery Residency training at the University of Cincinnati Hospitals and completed his Plastic Surgery Fellowship training at the University of Michigan. He received additional fellowship training in Reconstructive Microsurgery at St. Vincent's Hospital and the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia. He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan where he has been a full time academic surgeon since 2001.

Dr. Brown is an active member of many national specialty societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Society for the Peripheral Nerve, and the Michigan Association of Plastic Surgeons. He is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons, Parliamentarian of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Dingman Society.

Dr. Brown authored a well-respected book of Plastic Surgery, The Michigan Manual of Plastic Surgery, as well as over 30 scientific journal articles and 8 book chapters, and has presented his work nationally and overseas.