Detroit’s Karmanos Announces Addition of Surgeon Eric A. Brown

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Eric A. Brown
Eric A. Brown // Photo courtesy of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit has announced Dr. Eric A. Brown, a breast surgeon, joined its medical team in April. He will serve as co-leader of the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Team alongside Dr. Michael Simon.

Brown is board certified in general surgery and breast ultrasound. He will work at Karmanos’ main campus in Detroit and its Lawrence and Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills.

“I look forward to working closely with Dr. Brown to serve our patients,” says Simon. “Having Dr. Brown as a co-leader will allow us to expand our surgical outreach to our community sites, enhance research, especially in the area of surgical oncology, and to continue to ensure that patients receive outstanding care at every step of their cancer journey.”

In his new position, Brown will assist administration in developing regional strategies for breast surgical oncology and develop programs to integrate services within the Karmanos Cancer Network. He will work with physicians and surgeons throughout McLaren health Care to ensure high-quality care. He will also oversee clinical groups, promote excellence in clinical research, and work with the administrative team to elevate awareness of breast health initiatives at Karmanos.

“Dr. Brown brings a wealth of knowledge and is truly committed to serving his patients. I have no doubt that he will excel in the leadership of our outstanding clinical team,” says Dr. Justin Klamerus, president of the Karmanos Cancer Hospital and Network.

Brown is also an assistant professor surgery at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He is the breast program lead for Michigan Healthcare Professionals, where he is involved in organizing a weekly multidisciplinary tumor board, increasing patient access to clinical trials, and improving patient access to care.

He currently serves as the principle investigator for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project Cooperative Group and the Biobank Project for both Triple Negative Breast Cancer and Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Breast Cancer Patients. He is the co-principle investigator for the Beaumont Cancer National Cancer Institute Clinical Oncology Research Program.

His memberships include the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons, where he is a member of several committees.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School (now Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences) and studied psychology at the University of Michigan. He completed general surgery residencies at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. His previous roles have included leadership positions at Beaumont Hospital, Troy as the director of oncology services and as the director of the center for breast health.

Karmanos has 16 locations throughout Michigan.

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