Dr. David M. Brown

Meet Dr. Brown

Dr. David M. Brown is a world-renown retina surgeon and clinical trial specialist. He is the only Texas retina surgeon elected to all three retina honor societies (Retina Society, Macula Society, and Club Jules Gonin). He is a 5th generation native Texan (from Deer Park, Texas) and he has pioneered research and is a thought leader in the areas of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion. With more than 300 scientific papers and abstracts written on related topics, Dr. Brown has been a continuous election as one of the "Best Doctors in America" from 2007 – 2018 and has received the honor as one of the "Texas Super Docs" from 2009 – 2018. Dr. Brown serves as the consultant retina specialist for NASA for all ongoing and long-term space flight astronauts.

Skills and Specialties

Dr. Brown's surgical interests are focused on the treatment and research of macular conditions such as macular hole, macular pucker, and age-related macular degeneration and he has developed subretinal gene therapy techniques used for AMD and inherited retinal dystrophies. 

Education and Training

Graduating with highest honors from Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Brown completed ophthalmology and retina training at the top-ranked University of Iowa, where he was a Thomas Heed Fellow, a Hermann-Knapp Fellow, and was awarded the Ron Michels Fellowship award presented to the top retinal surgery fellow in the U.S. Currently, Dr. Brown is the director of the Greater Houston Retina Research Center and he is a clinical professor of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine and the Vice-Chair for research at the Blanton Eye Institute at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Achievements and Awards

Dr. Brown has written and published over 300 scientific papers, national meeting presentations and abstracts, including many of the primary papers establishing the current standards of care for AMD, retinal vein occlusion, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Brown is an elected member of the Club Jules Gonin Society, The Macula Society and The Retina Society, and he serves on the board of directors of the ASRS. His major honors include:

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Honor Award
  • The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) Honor Award
  • The ASRS Senior Honor Award
  • The AAO Senior Achievement Award
  • Retina Hall of Fame Inductee 2017

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