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
Education:
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.
Certifications
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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