About Us

John Brown, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Shoulder & Knee Specialist at The CORE Institute®

headshot brownJohn A. Brown, MD is a board certified, fellowship-trained specialist in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee, joint preserving techniques and orthopedic trauma.

Growing up in the Washington D.C. area, Dr. Brown graduated from James Madison University. He then focused on a career in medicine and excelled; completing medical school at Howard University College of Medicine, graduating 2nd in his class and receiving multiple academic honors including the Charles Epps Award for Excellence in Orthopedics.   He further pursued a career in Orthopedic Surgery, completing his residency at the University of Maryland where he had the unique opportunity to work and train with the leaders in the field of orthopedics at both the University of Maryland and The Johns Hopkins University. His thirst for further orthopedic training brought him to Santa Monica, CA where Dr. Brown completed an 18 month rigorous sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at the Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group where he received extensive, cutting-edge training in knee reconstruction and articular cartilage transplantation as well as the most recent techniques in shoulder surgery.

Throughout his career, Dr. Brown has been involved in the care of multiple professional sports clubs, the men’s and women’s World Cup and Olympic soccer teams, as well as Pepperdine University. He currently serves as an Orthopedic Consultant for the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Club and its minor league affiliates as well as the Arizona Fall League. He continues to serve his community, acting as team physician for three local high schools. Dr. Brown remains dedicated to treating the athlete at all levels.

Dr. Brown remains active in academic medicine. He has written and contributed to numerous articles in academic journals such as the American Journal of Sports Medicine and The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and textbooks such as Practical Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. He routinely lectures on a variety of sports medicine topics to both community groups and academic symposiums. He has traveled both nationally and internationally to places such as Barcelona, Spain to teach the latest techniques in shoulder arthroplasty and reconstruction. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine. He proudly sits as a member of the prestigious medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.

Research & Experience

ABOS Board Certified

Areas of Specialty

  • Sports Medicine
  • Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Multi-ligament Knee Reconstruction and Meniscal Transplantation
  • Articular Cartilage Restoration
  • Orthopedic Trauma

Experience

  • Director, Division of Sports Medicine at The CORE Institute
  • Genzyme Certified: Articular Cartilage Implantation (ACI)
  • Teaching physician: Total Shoulder Arthroplasty and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: National and International symposiums
  • Orthopedic consultant for the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Club and minor league affiliates
  • USA men's and women's National Soccer Team: assistant team physician
  • Women's World Cup Soccer: assistant team physician
  • Pepperdine University, Santa Monica College: assistant team physician
  • Federation of International Volleyball: consulting physician
  • University of Maryland: training room and on-field orthopedic care football, lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, baseball
  • Team physician, Arizona Fall League
  • Team physician Surprise Fightin’ Falcons, Golden League Baseball
  • Team physician Willow Canyon High School
  • Team physician Valley Vista High School
  • Team physician Shadow Ridge High School 

Education 

Sports Medicine Fellowship
Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group
Santa Monica, California
2003-2004

Orthopedic Surgery Residency
University of Maryland Medical Systems
Baltimore, Maryland
2000-2003

Internship
Maricopa Medical Center
Phoenix, Arizona
1998-2000

Medical School
Howard University College of Medicine
Washington, DC
1994-1998

Masters in Biotechnology
Johns Hopkins University
Rockville, Maryland
1992-1993

Bachelor of Science
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
1987-1991

Honors and Awards

Dr. James Wood Intern of the Year
Maricopa Medical Center Presented to surgical intern displaying exceptional clinical and academic skills 

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM) Inducted 3rd year medical school

Academic Achievement Award
HUCM Received graduating class rank of 2

Dr. Charles H. Epps, Jr. Award
HUCM Presented to individual with highest potential for achievement in orthopedic surgery

Dr. John L. Towsend Award
HUCM Presented for excellence in the study of Medicine

Merck Pharmaceutical Award
HUCM Acknowledged for Highest Scholastic Records

Gate Pharmaceuticals Award
HUCM Received for outstanding performance in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Award
HUCM Presented for excellence in the study of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mitchell-Kiernan Fellowship
HUCM Awarded competitive medical school fellowship in surgical research

Dr. Joseph Leland Johnson Award
HUCM Achieved distinction in Physiology demonstrated through academic excellence

Dr. Charles West, Sr. Award
HUCM Received highest cumulative average in Gross Anatomy, Basic Neurosciences and Histology

Dr. Lawrence M. Marshall Award
HUCM Presented for distinguished performance in Biochemistry

Maryland Scholarship Award
HUCM Awarded academic excellence scholarship

Presentations/Educational Lectures

Total Shoulder Arthroplasty, Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty and Treatment of Proximal Humerus Fractures 

International Symposium on Shoulder Arthroplasty, Barcelona, Spain

Total Shoulder Arthroplasty, Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty
Surgeon Educational Symposium, Denver, CO

Total Shoulder Arthroplasty, Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty and Treatment of Proximal Humerus Fractures
Surgeon Educational Symposium, Chicago, IL

Treatment of Proximal Humerus Fractures
The CORE Institute Grand Rounds Dell Webb Hospital, Sun City West, Arizona

Treatment Options in Arthritis of the Shoulder
Sun Health Community Education and Wellness Centers

Management of Articular Cartilage Defects
Arizona Sports Medicine Society, Phoenix Arizona

Knee Arthroscopy and the Incidence, Prevention, and Treatment of DVT
The CORE Institute Grand Rounds Dell Webb Hospital, Sun City West, Arizona

Management of the Arthritic Knee
Sun Health Spring Symposium, Sun City, Arizona

Prevention and Treatment of Injuries in the Golfer
Sun Health Community Education and Wellness Centers, Sun City, Arizona

Total Knee Arthroplasty in the Young Patient
Smith and Nephew Resident's Arthroplasty Course, Scottsdale, Arizona

On Field Management of Urgencies and Emergencies
Fellow's lecture series, Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group
Santa Monica, California

Management of Shoulder Dislocation in the Young Patient
Fellow's lecture series, Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group
Santa Monica, California

Shoulder Problems in the Overhead Throwing Athlete
Fellow's lecture series, Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group
Santa Monica, California

Achilles Tendon Rupture: treatment and rehabilitation
Fellow's lecture series, Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group
Santa Monica, California

Articular Cartilage Defects: Treatment Options and Outcomes
Presentation at the Southern California Articular Cartilage Consortium
Santa Monica, California

Management of the Multiple Shoulder Dislocator
Fellow's lecture series, Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group
Santa Monica, California

ACL Injury: Prevention and Treatment
Fellow's lecture series, Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group
Santa Monica, California

The Athletes Hip: Problems and Management
Fellow's lecture series, Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group
Santa Monica, California

Total Shoulder Arthroplasty in the Young Patient
Grand Rounds presentation, University of Maryland resident lecture series
Baltimore, Maryland

Alternatives to Total Knee Arthroplasty
Grand Rounds presentation, University of Maryland resident lecture series
Baltimore, Maryland

Research and Publications

ACL Graft Size Mismatch: The Use of Patient Height and ACL Size as an Indicator of Graft Length.
Podium Presentation. AOSSM Specialty Day, New Orleans, Louisiana

Avoiding Allograft Length Mismatch during ACL Surgery: the use of patient height as an indicator of graft length.
American Journal of Sports Medicine 2007. June; 35(6): 986-989

Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture: Biomechanical Analysis of Repair Strength of the Bio-tenodesis Screw versus Suture Anchors.
Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2007. March-April; 16(2): 218-223

Occult Hip Pain in the Athlete: Athletic Pubalgia, Sports Hernia and Osteitis Pubis.
Practical Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy (Textbook) 2007

Surgical Management of the Sub-acromial Arch: Arthroscopic Techniques for Sub-acromial Decompression, Acromioplasty and Distal Clavicle Excision.
Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. April 2004; Volume 12;2. 82-90

Distal Biceps Tendon Repair: Biomechanical Analysis of Repair Strength of the Biotenodesis Screw versus Suture Anchors.
Podium presentation, ASSH, September 2004

Distal Biceps Tendon Repair: Biomechanical Analysis of Repair Strength of the Biotenodesis Screw versus Suture Anchors.
1st place resident research award: Maryland Orthopaedic Society, May 2003

Distal Biceps Tendon Ruptures: New Techniques of Repair.
Current Opinions in Orthopaedics. 2003, Vol. 14: 285-290

Distal Biceps Tendon Repair: Biomechanical Analysis of Repair Strength of the Biotenodesis Screw versus Suture Anchors.
Presentation at the Andrew Burgess Orthopaedic Research Symposium. University of Maryland
June 2003

Clinical Observations on the Hypotensive Effects of Isoflurane and the Role of Nitric Oxide.
Mitchell-Kiernan surgical fellowship. Howard University College of Medicine
Washington, DC

Athletics/Interests

  • Club Rugby: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Varsity Athletics: football, wrestling, baseball
  • Fishing/skiing/golf/endurance training
  • Family