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Additional Affiliations

Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Chair, Section of Colorectal Surgery, UBC
Colorectal Surgeon, St. Paul’s Hospital

Research Interests
  • Minimally invasive surgery for colorectal cancer
  • Quality improvement initiatives in acute general surgery emergencies
  • Quality improvement initiatives in colorectal cancer treatment
  • Surgery in underserviced and/or marginalized members of society
  • Bowel function after rectal cancer surgery

Dr. Carl Brown is a colorectal surgeon and the current Head of the Division of General Surgery at St. Paul’s Hospital. He is also the Chair of the Section of Colorectal Surgery at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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Dr. Brown completed medical school at McMaster University in 1995, general surgery training at the University of Calgary in 2003, and subsequently worked as a general surgeon at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary. In 2004, he moved to Toronto to train as a subspecialist in colorectal surgery. Concurrent with his fellowship, Dr. Brown completed his master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the University of Toronto. In 2006, he was recruited to St. Paul’s Hospital and UBC.

Dr. Brown is the chairman of the Research and Outcomes Evaluation Committee at the B.C. Cancer Agency and an active member of the Colorectal Cancer Outcomes Unit. He is a member of the Surgical Oncology Network of British Columbia Executive. The goal of these groups is to improve the outcomes of patients with colorectal cancer through research initiatives.

Furthermore, Dr. Brown is on the executive of the Evidence-Based Reviews in Surgery Group and an advisor for the Canadian Cancer Society Network of Expert Reviewers. He is a member of the Health for Humanity medical group, has donated time to perform surgery in Guatemala, and volunteered as a general surgeon on call for the Olympic Athletes’ Village during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2012, he was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” in Vancouver by Business in Vancouver magazine.

Dr. Brown has published several studies on surgery for colorectal cancer, the ileal pouch procedure, and surgery for Crohn’s disease. He has taught courses in laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery.

Health research in the heart of Vancouver