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.

    • Markie River Falls, WI 12.23.14

      Dr. Browd removed the desmoid tumor off of our 10 month old, Leif, in Sept. of 2008. We flew down from Alaska, a very scared family as no one in Alaska could figure out what the lump on our kid's back was. Dr. Browd was kind, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. He was swift in his action and our child has been super healthy ever since. We donate every year to Seattle Children's Hospital in the areas where Dr. Browd works as our way of continuing to say, "Thank you" and to continue to support his amazing work.

    • 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...

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Seattles Top Doctor 2016 Seattle Met Magazine 2016
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
    • Venkataraman P, Browd SR, Lutz BR
      A physical framework for implementing virtual models of intracranial pressure and cerebrospinal fluid dynamics in hydrocephalus shunt testing.
      27203135 Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2016 May 20 - 2016 May 20 : 1-10
    • Hanak BW, Ross EF, Harris CA, Browd SR, Shain W
      Toward a better understanding of the cellular basis for cerebrospinal fluid shunt obstruction: report on the construction of a bank of explanted hydrocephalus devices.
      27035548 Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2016 Apr, 1 - 2016 Apr, 1 : 1-11
    • Riva-Cambrin J, Kestle JR, Holubkov R, Butler J, Kulkarni AV, Drake J, Whitehead WE, Wellons JC 3rd, Shannon CN, Tamber MS, Limbrick DD Jr, Rozzelle C, Browd SR, Simon TD, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
      Risk factors for shunt malfunction in pediatric hydrocephalus: a multicenter prospective cohort study.
      26636251 Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2016 Apr, - 2016 Apr, : 17(4)382-90
    • Tully HM, Ishak GE, Rue TC, Dempsey JC, Browd SR, Millen KJ, Doherty D, Dobyns WB
      Two Hundred Thirty-Six Children With Developmental Hydrocephalus: Causes and Clinical Consequences.
      26184484 Journal of child neurology , 2016 Mar. - 2016 Mar. : 31(3)309-20
    • Kestle JR, Holubkov R, Douglas Cochrane D, Kulkarni AV, Limbrick DD Jr, Luerssen TG, Jerry Oakes W, Riva-Cambrin J, Rozzelle C, Simon TD, Walker ML, Wellons JC 3rd, Browd SR, Drake JM, Shannon CN, Tamber MS, Whitehead WE, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
      A new Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network protocol to reduce cerebrospinal fluid shunt infection.
      26684763 Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2015 Dec. 18 - 2015 Dec. 18 : 1-6
    • Harris C, Pearson K, Hadley K, Zhu S, Browd S, Hanak BW, Shain W
      Fabrication of three-dimensional hydrogel scaffolds for modeling shunt failure by tissue obstruction in hydrocephalus.
      26578355 Fluids and barriers of the CNS , 2015 Nov. 14 - 2015 Nov. 14 : 1226 PMCID: PMC4650346
    • Reynolds RM, Morton RP, Walker ML, Massagli TL, Browd SR
      Role of dorsal rhizotomy in spinal cord injury-induced spasticity.
      24971608 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.
      24995823 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.
      24926971 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.
      24661340 The Journal of pediatrics , 2014 June : 164(6)1462-1468.e2 PMCID: PMC4035376
    • Morton RP, Reynolds RM, Ramakrishna R, Levitt MR, Lee A, Browd SR
      24910864 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.
      24705250 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.
      24661340 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.
      24421877 PloS one , 2014 : 9(1)e83229 PMCID: PMC3885436
    • 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.
      23971634 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.
      23909616 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.
      23971634 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.
      23121114 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.
      23653889 Surgical neurology international , 2013 : 4(Suppl 1)S38-50 PMCID: PMC3642745
    • 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.
      22546024 Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2012 May : 9(5)473-81 PMCID: PMC3361965
    • 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.
      22109922 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.
      21284458 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.
      21155935 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.
      20363335 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.
      20433264 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.
      20010311 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.
      19795967 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.
      19772415 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?
      19907197 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.
      18976108 Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics , 2008 Nov. : 359-64
    • Browd SR, Goodrich JT, Walker ML
      Craniopagus twins.
      18352797 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.
      17219829 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.
      16720180 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.
      16769875 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.
      16504785 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.
      16510586 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.
      16458818 Pediatric neurology , 2006 Feb. : 83-92
    • Browd SR, MacDonald JD
      Percutaneous dilational tracheostomy in neurosurgical patients.
      16159074 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.
      15633987 Neurosurgical focus , 2004 Oct. 15 : E1
    • Walker M, Browd SR
      Craniopagus twins: embryology, classification, surgical anatomy, and separation.
      15278385 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.
      12164671 Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS , 2002 July : 607-22

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


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