Kevin Brown, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Kevin D. Brown is a board-certified otolaryngologist specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of otologic and neurotologic disorders (ear and skull base disorders) in both adults and children.
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Dr. Brown's medical training began at the University of Iowa where he received his MD and PhD in immunology from the NIH sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program. Following completion of his degrees he began a residency in Otolaryngology under the direction of Dr. Bruce Gantz. After finishing his residency he completed a two-year accredited fellowship in neurotology and skull base surgery at the University of Miami under the direction of Dr. Thomas Balkany and Dr. Fred Telischi.
Dr. Brown's major clinical interests include the following areas. First, he is keenly interested in the surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss by cochlear implantation and is uniquely trained in minimal incision cochlear implantation. He also works to rehabilitate hearing loss due to abnormalities of form and function of the ossicles of the ear, including ossicular reconstruction and stapedectomy. He is routinely involved in the treatment of both adult and pediatric patients with chronic ear disease (cholesteatoma). He manages and corrects ear canal and ossicular abnormalities in children with congenital malformations of the ear canal. He is also actively interested and involved in the treatment of benign and malignant disorders of the skull base including acoustic neuroma, meningioma, glomus tumors/paraganglioma, and temporal bone carcinoma. Dr. Brown also treats patients with diving-related barotrauma to the ear. Dr. Brown's major research interests focus on clinical results in cochlear implantation. He also maintains an active laboratory research program with a goal of developing ways to improve cochlear implant outcome by modulating interaction of the implant with the neural structures it stimulates, as well as evaluating cellular mechanisms of hearing loss.
Dr. Brown has authored numerous articles in areas of clinical neurotology including recent papers on stapedectomy and cochlear implantation. He was also a co-author on the most recent chapter on cochlear implantation in Cummings, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
He has also authored and presented papers on potential cellular mechanisms contributing to the development of acoustic neuromas, as well as possible cellular approaches to improve cochlear implant function, receiving national awards for both of these projects.
Insurance Plans Accepted
The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.
- AETNA [Medicare]
- AETNA [HMO]
- AETNA [PPO]
- Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
- Affinity Health Plan
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
- Fidelis Care
- Health First
- Health Plus - Amerigroup
- Medicare [Medicare]
- Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
- Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
- Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
- Rockefeller University - CoreSource
- United Empire
- United Health Care
Brown KD, Hostager BS, Bishop GA. Differential signaling and tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor (TRAF) degradation mediated by CD40 and the Epstein-Barr virus oncoprotein latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1). J Exp Med. 2001 Apr 16;193(8):943-54.
Brown KD, Hostager BS, Bishop GA. Regulation of TRAF2 signaling by self-induced degradation. J Biol Chem. 2002 May 31;277(22):19433-8. Epub 2002 Mar 21.
Bishop GA, Hostager BS, Brown KD. Mechanisms of TNF receptor-associated factor (TRAF) regulation in B lymphocytes. J Leukoc Biol. 2002 Jul;72(1):19-23.
Brown, KD and Gantz, BJ. Hearing results after stapedotomy with the Nitinol SMARTÔ piston prosthesis. Arch of Otolaryngol Head Neck Surgery. 2007; 133(8) 758-62.
Brown, KD and Balkany, TJ. Benefits of bilateral cochlear implantaton: A review. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007; 15: 315-318.
Brown, KD and Hansen, MH. Differential lipid raft localization of erbB2 in vestibular schwannoma cells and Schwann cells. Otol Neurot 2008; 29(1): 79-85.
Brown, KD and Balkany, TJ. Incidence and causes of cochlear implant revision surgery. Laryngoscope 2009; 119(1): 152-157.
Balkany, TJ, Whitley, M, Shapira, Y, Brown, KD, Eter, E, Van De Water, T, Telischi, FF, Angeli, SI, Eshraghi, AA, and Treaba, C. The Temporalis Pocket Technique for Cochlear Implantation: An anatomic and clinical study. In Press Otology and Neurotology.
Gantz, BJ, Brown, KD, and Balkany, TJ. Medical and surgical considerations in cochlear Implantation. In Cummings Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 5th Edition. In Press.
- Cochlear Implantation
- Ear Surgery
- Facial Nerve Disorder
- Hearing Loss
- Bell's Palsy
- Ear Drum Perforation
- Ear Infection
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Glomus Tumor
- Meniere's Disease
Contact and Practices
- B.S., University of Iowa, 1995
- M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2002