University of Pennsylvania Health System

Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Faculty

Melissa M. Brown, MD, MN, MBA

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Department: Ophthalmology

Contact information
Center for Value-Based Medicine
P.O. Box 335
Flourtown, PA 19031
BS (Nursing)
Keuka College, 1972.
MN (Nursing)
Emory University, 1976.
MD (Medicine)
Jefferson Medical College, 1986.
MBA (Strategic Management)
St. Joseph's University, 1998.
Post-Graduate Training
Transitional Resident, Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1986-1987.
Resident Surgeon, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1987-1990.
American Board of Ophthalmology, 1992.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Brown is internationally renowned for her research in patient quality-of-life measurement, healthcare economic assessments and cost-utility analyses. She is co-founder and director of the Center for Value-Based Medicine and has a particular interest in pharmacoeconomics and healthcare policy. She is pleased to collaborate with other researchers and residents/fellows on their areas of interest in healthcare analyses and quality-of-life research.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Brown is a comprehensive ophthalmologist in the Philadelphia area with a special interest in diabetes. She does not maintain a clinical practice currently; she encourages development of and participates in patient education programs in the Delaware Valley area.

Description of Other Expertise

Dr. Brown is a founding Co-Chief Editor of Evidence-Based Ophthalmology, Lippincott’s first launch into evidence based journals.

Selected Publications

Brown MM, Brown GC, Sharma S: Evidence-Based to Value-Based Medicine. AMA Press, USA, 2005 Notes: with forward by Tom Scully, Former Administrator to CMS.

Brown MM, Brown GC, Sharma S, Hollands H, Smith A: Physician manpower and health care expeditures in the United States: A thirty year perspective. J Healthcare Finance 24: 55-64, 2001.

Brown MM, Brown GC, Sharma S, Landy J: Quality of life with visual acuity loss from diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneraiton. Arch Ophthal 120: 481-484, 2002.

Brown MM, Brown GC, Sharma S, Landy J: Health care economic analyses and value-based medicine. Surv Ophthalmol 48: 204-223, 2003.

Brown MM, Brown GC, Sharma S, Kistler J, Brown H: Utility values associated with blindness in an adult population. Br J Ophthalmol 85: 327-331, 2001.

Brown MM: Comment on "Celecoxib, a selective inhibitor cyclooxygenase 2 for therapy of diffuse anterior scleritis. Evidence-Based Eye Care 7: 24-25, 2006.

Brown GB, Brown MM: Congenital abnormalities of the optic disc. Harley's Pediatric Ophthalmology. Nelson LB, Olitsky SE (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006 Notes: in press.

Brown GC, Brown MM, Roth Z, Campanella J. Beauchamp GR: The Cost-Utility of Photodynamic Therapy in Eyes with Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration --A Reappraisal with 5-Year Data. Am J Ophthalmol 140: 679-687, 2005.

Brown GC, Brown MM: Cost-utility analysis, the foundation of value-based medicine Pharmacoeconomics. 56,000 Ways to Treat Glaucoma. Evidence-Based Eye Care 6: 50-51, 2005.

Ko GJ, Brown MM, Brown GC: The macroeconomics of vitreoretinal diseases. Cur Opin Ophthalmol 16: 184-190, 2005.

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