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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

Samuel R. Browd, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FAANS, FAAP is the director of Seattle Children’s Hydrocephalus Program and the medical director of Seattle Children’s Sports Concussion Program.

Dr. Browd’s work in concussion has focused on materials science and engineering solutions. His innovations and collaborative efforts with UW Mechanical Engineering have led to a new force reducing football helmet named Project Canton. Dr. Browd currently serves as an unaffiliated neurologic consultant to the NFL and an independent neurologic consultant to the Seattle Seahawks.

Dr. Browd has been on staff at Seattle Children’s since 2007. In addition to his work with hydrocephalus and concussion care, he has served as the surgical director of the spasticity management program.

Recommendations

  • Lydia Morriston, Florida 09.04.14

    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!

  • C Seattle 02.18.14

    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.

  • Brynn Fairbanks, AK 04.04.12

    What an AMAZING Dr. thank you so much for taking care of my little girl.

  • Daniel Oroville, Washinton 01.13.12

    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!!

  • Jessica Bothell, WA 05.18.11

    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.

  • Kristi Clarkston Wa 09.05.12

    The greatest most amazing Dr ever...

Overview

Medical/Professional School

University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville

Residency

Neurosurgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City

Fellowship

Pediatric Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle

Research Focus Area

Neuroscience / Neurodevelopment

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014

Publications

  • Reynolds RM, Morton RP, Walker ML, Massagli TL, Browd SR
    Role of dorsal rhizotomy in spinal cord injury-induced spasticity.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2014 Sept. : 14(3)266-70
  • Kulkarni AV, Riva-Cambrin J, Browd SR, Drake JM, Holubkov R, Kestle JR, Limbrick DD, Rozzelle CJ, Simon TD, Tamber MS, Wellons JC 3rd, Whitehead WE, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    Endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization in infants with hydrocephalus: a retrospective Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network study.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2014 Sept. : 14(3)224-9
  • Whitehead WE, Riva-Cambrin J, Wellons JC 3rd, Kulkarni AV, Browd S, Limbrick D, Rozzelle C, Tamber MS, Simon TD, Shannon CN, Holubkov R, Oakes WJ, Luerssen TG, Walker ML, Drake JM, Kestle JR,  for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    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 June 13 : 1-6
  • Simon TD, Butler J, Whitlock KB, Browd SR, Holubkov R, Kestle JR, Kulkarni AV, Langley M, Limbrick DD Jr, Mayer-Hamblett N, Tamber M, Wellons JC 3rd, Whitehead WE, Riva-Cambrin J, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    Risk factors for first cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection: findings from a multi-center prospective cohort study.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2014 June : 164(6)1462-1468.e2
  • Morton RP, Reynolds RM, Ramakrishna R, Levitt MR, Lee A, Browd SR
    Response.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2014 May : 13(5)586-7
  • Fontebasso AM, Papillon-Cavanagh S, Schwartzentruber J, Nikbakht H, Gerges N, Fiset PO, Bechet D, Faury D, De Jay N, Ramkissoon LA, Corcoran A, Jones DT, Sturm D, Johann P, Tomita T, Goldman S, Nagib M, Bendel A, Goumnerova L, Bowers DC, Leonard JR, Rubin JB, Alden T, Browd S, Geyer JR, Leary S, Jallo G, Cohen K, Gupta N, Prados MD, Carret AS, Ellezam B, Crevier L, Klekner A, Bognar L, Hauser P, Garami M, Myseros J, Dong Z, Siegel PM, Malkin H, Ligon AH, Albrecht S, Pfister SM, Ligon KL, Majewski J, Jabado N, Kieran MW
    Recurrent somatic mutations in ACVR1 in pediatric midline high-grade astrocytoma.
    Nature genetics , 2014 May : 46(5)462-6
  • Simon TD, Butler J, Whitlock KB, Browd SR, Holubkov R, Kestle JR, Kulkarni AV, Langley M, Limbrick DD Jr, Mayer-Hamblett N, Tamber M, Wellons JC 3rd, Whitehead WE, Riva-Cambrin J, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    Risk Factors for First Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infection: Findings from a Multi-Center Prospective Cohort Study.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2014 Mar. 21
  • Simon TD, Pope CE, Browd SR, Ojemann JG, Riva-Cambrin J, Mayer-Hamblett N, Rosenfeld M, Zerr DM, Hoffman L
    Evaluation of microbial bacterial and fungal diversity in cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection.
    PloS one , 2014 : 9(1)e83229
  • Morton RP, Reynolds RM, Ramakrishna R, Levitt MR, Hopper RA, Lee A, Browd SR
    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
  • Kulkarni AV, Riva-Cambrin J, Butler J, Browd SR, Drake JM, Holubkov R, Kestle JR, Limbrick DD, Simon TD, Tamber MS, Wellons JC 3rd, Whitehead WE, for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    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
  • Morton RP, Reynolds RM, Ramakrishna R, Levitt MR, Hopper RA, Lee A, Browd SR
    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
  • Wellons JC 3rd, Holubkov R, Browd SR, Riva-Cambrin J, Whitehead W, Kestle J, Kulkarni AV, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    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
  • Lutz BR, Venkataraman P, Browd SR
    New and improved ways to treat hydrocephalus: Pursuit of a smart shunt.
    Surgical neurology international , 2013 : 4(Suppl 1)S38-50
  • Riva-Cambrin J, Shannon CN, Holubkov R, Whitehead WE, Kulkarni AV, Drake J, Simon TD, Browd SR, Kestle JR, Wellons JC 3rd, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
    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
  • Rogers DJ, Boseley ME, Stephan MJ, Browd S, Semerad DC
    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
  • Kulkarni AV, Riva-Cambrin J, Browd SR
    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
  • Thompson DR, Browd SR, Sangaré Y, Rowell JC, Slimp JC, Haberkern CM
    Anesthetic management of an infant with thanatophoric dysplasia for suboccipital decompression.
    Paediatric anaesthesia , 2011 Jan. : 21(1)92-4
  • Giussani C, Poliakov A, Ferri RT, Plawner LL, Browd SR, Shaw DW, Filardi TZ, Hoeppner C, Geyer JR, Olson JM, Douglas JG, Villavicencio EH, Ellenbogen RG, Ojemann JG
    DTI fiber tracking to differentiate demyelinating diseases from diffuse brain stem glioma.
    NeuroImage , 2010 Aug. 1 : 217-23
  • Shurtleff H, Warner M, Poliakov A, Bournival B, Shaw DW, Ishak G, Yang T, Karandikar M, Saneto RP, Browd SR, Ojemann JG
    Functional magnetic resonance imaging for presurgical evaluation of very young pediatric patients with epilepsy.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2010 May : 500-6
  • Jaspan HB, Brothers AW, Campbell AJ, McGuire JK, Browd SR, Manley TJ, Pak D, Weissman SJ
    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
  • Klimo P Jr, Browd SR, Pravdenkova S, Couldwell WT, Walker ML, Al-Mefty O
    The posterior petrosal approach: technique and applications in pediatric neurosurgery.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2009 Oct. : 353-62
  • Browd SR, Zauberman J, Karandikar M, Ojemann JG, Avellino AM, Ellenbogen RG
    A new fiber-mediated carbon dioxide laser facilitates pediatric spinal cord detethering. Technical note.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2009 Sept. : 280-4
  • Giussani C, Filardi T, Bunyaratavej K, Mai JC, Ogino M, Greene S, Browd SR, Avellino AM, Ellenbogen RG, Ojemann JG
    Is postoperative CT scanning predictive of subdural electrode placement complications in pediatric epileptic patients?
    Pediatric neurosurgery , 2009 : 345-9
  • Browd SR, McIntyre JS, Brockmeyer D
    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
  • Browd SR, Goodrich JT, Walker ML
    Craniopagus twins.
    Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2008 Jan. : 1-20
  • Ragel BT, Browd SR, Schmidt RH
    Surgical shunt infection: significant reduction when using intraventricular and systemic antibiotic agents.
    Journal of neurosurgery , 2006 Aug. : 242-7
  • Ragel BT, Fassett DR, Baringer JR, Browd SR, Dailey AT
    Decompressive hemicraniectomy for tumefactive demyelination with transtentorial herniation: observation.
    Surgical neurology , 2006 June : 582-3
  • Ragel BT, Blumenthal DT, Browd SR, Salzman KL, Jensen RL
    Intracerebral amyloidoma can mimic high-grade glioma on magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.
    Archives of neurology , 2006 June : 906-7
  • Browd SR, Gottfried ON, Ragel BT, Kestle JR
    Failure of cerebrospinal fluid shunts: part II: overdrainage, loculation, and abdominal complications.
    Pediatric neurology , 2006 Mar. : 171-6
  • Browd SR, Kenney AM, Gottfried ON, Yoon JW, Walterhouse D, Pedone CA, Fults DW
    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
  • Browd SR, Ragel BT, Gottfried ON, Kestle JR
    Failure of cerebrospinal fluid shunts: part I: Obstruction and mechanical failure.
    Pediatric neurology , 2006 Feb. : 83-92
  • Browd SR, MacDonald JD
    Percutaneous dilational tracheostomy in neurosurgical patients.
    Neurocritical care , 2005 : 268-73
  • Browd SR, Ragel BT, Davis GE, Scott AM, Skalabrin EJ, Couldwell WT
    Prophylaxis for deep venous thrombosis in neurosurgery: a review of the literature.
    Neurosurgical focus , 2004 Oct. 15 : E1
  • Walker M, Browd SR
    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
  • Crosson B, Cato MA, Sadek JR, Gökçay D, Bauer RM, Fischler IS, Maron L, Gopinath K, Auerbach EJ, Browd SR, Briggs RW
    Semantic monitoring of words with emotional connotation during fMRI: contribution of anterior left frontal cortex.
    Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS , 2002 July : 607-22

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
Special Babies with Special Needs: Part 2: Hydrocephalus Mini-Medical School, UW Medicine/UWTV Seattle, WA Feb. 2013