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Samuel R. Browd, MD, PhD

Samuel R. Browd, MD, PhD

Neurosurgery, Oncology

On staff since July 2007

Children's Title: Director of Hydrocephalus

Research Center: Center for Integrative Brain Research

Making a Difference

  • Developing a Modern Shunt

    A new kind of hydrocephalus shunt being developed by Dr. Sam Browd incorporates the latest technologies and promises to dramatically reduce failure rates.... cont.

  • The Gift of a Life Without a Shunt

    Seattle Children’s is among the first to offer a surgical treatment that gives children with hydrocephalus the hope of a life free from the burden of a shunt.... cont.


LydiaMorriston, Florida09.04.14
We first met Dr. Browd at Shands, UF in Gainesville, as a student. He performed a functional MRI on our daughter, Maycie as part of his dissertation. This fMRI was used at DUKE Medical Ctr for her complete lobectomy of her right sided brain. He's AWESOME!! So much interest in the patient and the family. We loved him instantly!
We did not choose Dr. Browd. What we thought was a viral bug and a short trip to the emergency room turned out to be a life threatening infected mass in our 2 year old’s spinal cavity causing meningitis. Dr. Browd and his phenomenal team jumped in on the case before the cause was even determined to be their area of focus. They performed an emergency surgery on a Sunday night with limited staff and resources. They saved our daughter’s life. The aftercare we received from Dr. Browd’s team and all of the Neurosurgery department--including nearly a dozen MRIs, an additional surgery, and coordination with the Infectious Disease team, was top notch. Time was always taken to explain details to us fully, and to allow as many questions as we needed to ask to make educated decisions. They are brilliant people with bedside manners. My now four year old still talks about Dr. Browd. After 2 lower back surgeries, 2 PIC lines, all the MRIs, and weekly blood draws, she still talks fondly about visiting the hospital to see the whales. I think that statement alone sums up our experience with Seattle Children’s Hospital. We did not chose Dr. Browd, but we would again in a heartbeat.
BrynnFairbanks, AK 04.04.12
What an AMAZING Dr. thank you so much for taking care of my little girl.
DanielOroville, Washinton01.13.12
My Daughter was diagnosed with A large brain tumor last April at our local hospital, within hours our life was changed , she was air lifted to Seattle Childrens Hospital. My wife flew with her and I drove 8 hours following her. We were accepted by the hospital under Dr. Browd always being honest about the possible outcomes within 48 hours she had the tumor removed, we have been to see him many times over the last few months and how ever bleek it might have seemed he has always been honest, caring and hopeful. He is a great person and a wonderful Doctor.. May God continue to guide his gentle hands and watch over all the children in his care. He Makes the world a better place!!
JessicaBothell, WA05.18.11
My husband and I met Dr Browd under terrible circumstances, having learned only twenty minutes earlier that our 19 month old daughter had a brain tumor and required immediate surgery. Dr Browd sat and reviewed scans with us, explaining the tumor and the surgery in layman's terms. He made us feel as comfortable and at ease as is possible in that sort of situation, and we could see right away that he genuinely cared about helping our daughter have the best outcome possible. Since that day just over a year ago, Dr Browd has performed two additional surgeries on our daughter and has been repeatedly consulted as a part of her care management team. We have always had complete confidence in his knowledge and skill, and trust that he would never recommend anything other than what is best for our daughter.
KristiClarkston Wa09.05.12
The greatest most amazing Dr ever...
Recommend Dr. Samuel Browd


Medical/Professional School
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville
Neurosurgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
Pediatric Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle
Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014Seattle Magazine 2014


Endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization in infants with hydrocephalus: a retrospective Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network study.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2014 Sep: 14(3)224-9
Role of dorsal rhizotomy in spinal cord injury-induced spasticity.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2014 Sep: 14(3)266-70
Factors associated with ventricular catheter movement and inaccurate catheter location: post hoc analysis of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network Ultrasound-Guided Shunt Placement study.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2014 Jun 13: 1-6
Risk factors for first cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection: findings from a multi-center prospective cohort study.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2014 Jun: 164(6)1462-1468.e2
Recurrent somatic mutations in ACVR1 in pediatric midline high-grade astrocytoma.
Nature genetics , 2014 May: 46(5)462-6
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2014 May: 13(5)586-7
Risk Factors for First Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infection: Findings from a Multi-Center Prospective Cohort Study.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2014 Mar 21
Evaluation of microbial bacterial and fungal diversity in cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection.
PloS one , 2014: 9(1)e83229
Low-dose head computed tomography in children: a single institutional experience in pediatric radiation risk reduction.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2013 Oct: 12(4)406-410
Outcomes of CSF shunting in children: comparison of Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network cohort with historical controls.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2013 Oct: 12(4)334-338
Low-dose head computed tomography in children: a single institutional experience in pediatric radiation risk reduction: clinical article.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2013 Oct: 12(4)406-10
New and improved ways to treat hydrocephalus: Pursuit of a smart shunt.
Surgical neurology international , 2013: 4(Suppl 1)S38-50
The assessment of bulging fontanel and splitting of sutures in premature infants: an interrater reliability study by the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2013 Jan: 11(1)12-4
Center effect and other factors influencing temporization and shunting of cerebrospinal fluid in preterm infants with intraventricular hemorrhage.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2012 May: 9(5)473-81
Enchondroma of the skull base secondary to generalized enchondromatosis: a case report and review of the literature.
Ear, nose, & throat journal , 2011 Nov: 90(11)535-7
Use of the ETV Success Score to explain the variation in reported endoscopic third ventriculostomy success rates among published case series of childhood hydrocephalus.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2011 Feb: 7(2)143-6
Anesthetic management of an infant with thanatophoric dysplasia for suboccipital decompression.
Paediatric anaesthesia , 2011 Jan: 21(1)92-4
DTI fiber tracking to differentiate demyelinating diseases from diffuse brain stem glioma.
NeuroImage , 2010 Aug 1: 217-23
Functional magnetic resonance imaging for presurgical evaluation of very young pediatric patients with epilepsy.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2010 May: 500-6
Multidrug-resistant Enterococcus faecium meningitis in a toddler: characterization of the organism and successful treatment with intraventricular daptomycin and intravenous tigecycline.
The Pediatric infectious disease journal , 2010 Apr: 379-81
The posterior petrosal approach: technique and applications in pediatric neurosurgery.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2009 Oct: 353-62
A new fiber-mediated carbon dioxide laser facilitates pediatric spinal cord detethering. Technical note.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2009 Sep: 280-4
Is postoperative CT scanning predictive of subdural electrode placement complications in pediatric epileptic patients?
Pediatric neurosurgery , 2009: 345-9
Failed age-dependent maturation of the occipital condyle in patients with congenital occipitoatlantal instability and Down syndrome: a preliminary analysis.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2008 Nov: 359-64
Craniopagus twins.
Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2008 Jan: 1-20
Surgical shunt infection: significant reduction when using intraventricular and systemic antibiotic agents.
Journal of neurosurgery , 2006 Aug: 242-7
Intracerebral amyloidoma can mimic high-grade glioma on magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.
Archives of neurology , 2006 Jun: 906-7
Decompressive hemicraniectomy for tumefactive demyelination with transtentorial herniation: observation.
Surgical neurology , 2006 Jun: 582-3
N-myc can substitute for insulin-like growth factor signaling in a mouse model of sonic hedgehog-induced medulloblastoma.
Cancer research , 2006 Mar 1: 2666-72
Failure of cerebrospinal fluid shunts: part II: overdrainage, loculation, and abdominal complications.
Pediatric neurology , 2006 Mar: 171-6
Failure of cerebrospinal fluid shunts: part I: Obstruction and mechanical failure.
Pediatric neurology , 2006 Feb: 83-92
Percutaneous dilational tracheostomy in neurosurgical patients.
Neurocritical care , 2005: 268-73
Prophylaxis for deep venous thrombosis in neurosurgery: a review of the literature.
Neurosurgical focus , 2004 Oct 15: E1
Craniopagus twins: embryology, classification, surgical anatomy, and separation.
Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery , 2004 Aug: 554-66
Semantic monitoring of words with emotional connotation during fMRI: contribution of anterior left frontal cortex.
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS , 2002 Jul: 607-22


Presentations TitleEventLocationDate
Special Babies with Special Needs: Part 2: HydrocephalusMini-Medical School, UW Medicine/UWTVSeattle, WAFeb. 2013

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OA.9.220 - Neurosurgery
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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