Simon A Brown, MD

Simon A Brown, MD
Simon A Brown, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology


Simon Brown, MD, is a board-certified radiation oncologist who joined West Michigan Cancer Center in July 2022. Dr. Brown came to Kalamazoo from Springfield, IL, where he served for three years as a radiation oncologist and assistant professor at Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Brown received a Baccalaureate of Arts in human biology from Brown University in Providence, RI, where he played running back on the Brown football team and bass trombone for the jazz band. He followed up his undergraduate education with a medical school degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. While there, Dr. Brown managed a non-profit clinic providing care to the indigent and served as a physician recruiter. He also published articles on health disparities.

Dr. Brown then headed across the country to Portland, OR, where he completed a surgical internship and radiation oncology residency at Oregon Health & Science University. During his residency, Dr. Brown served as a physician liaison, clinical instructor and chief resident. He also researched and wrote chapters on radiation treatment for benign disease, which are published in seminal textbooks for radiation oncology.

In 2017, Dr. Brown was selected as a clinical research fellow in conjunction with the European Society of Radiation Oncology (ESTRO) and the American Association for Cancer Research, held in the Netherlands.

Along with his board certification in radiation oncology, Dr. Brown is certified by the American Board of Medical Quality and is an active member of the American College of Radiation Oncology. He has developed and written multiple clinical trials, as well as written editorials in JAMA Oncology. His clinical, teaching, and research interests includes, medical education, mentorship, health disparities, and cancer treatment outcomes for solid tumor malignancies.

  • Education and Training

    • Residency 2019, Radiology, Oregon Health & Science University
    • Internship 2015, Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University
    • MD 2014, Medical University of South Carolina
    • BA 2006, Human Biology, Brown University
  • Research

    • Mentorship
    • Medical Education
    • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
    • Healthcare disparities
    • Cancer treatment outcomes
  • Publications

    • McKibben N.S., MacConnell A.E., Chen Y., Gao L., Nguyen T.M., Brown S.A., Jaboin J.J., Lin C., Baksh N.H. Risk Factors for Radiotherapy Failure in the Treatment of Spinal Metastases Global Spine Journal. 2023

    • Patel S.A., Baumann B., Michalski J., Brenneman R., Zheng B., Gay H., Ferraro D., Brown S.A., Chang A.J., Rossi P.J., Fischer-Valuck B.W. Association of Brachytherapy Boost with Overall Survival for Gleason 9-10 Prostate Cancer: The Impact of Primary versus Secondary Pattern 5 Brachytherapy. 2023;22:310-316.

    • Fischer-Valuck B.W., Baumann B.C., Brown S.A., Filson C.P., Weiss A., Mueller R., Liu Y., Brenneman R.J., Sanda M., Michalski J.M., Gay H.A., James Rao Y., Pattaras J.G., Jani A.B., Hershatter B., Patel S.A. Treatment Patterns and Overall Survival Outcomes Among Patients Aged 80 yr or Older with High-risk Prostate Cancer European Urology Open Science. 2022;37:80-89.

    • Holland J.M., Holland E., Chen Y., Brown S.A. Smoking history and cessation discussions in cancer patients receiving definitive radiotherapy: Do we treat all patients equally? Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. 2020;6(May):1-4.

    • Brown S., Abana C.O., Hammad H., Brown A., Mhlanga J., Binder C., Nabavizadeh N., Thomas C., Mitin T., Gilbert E.W. Low-Dose Radiation Therapy is an Effective Treatment for Refractory Postoperative Chylous Ascites: A Case Report Practical Radiation Oncology. 2019;9(3):153-157.

    • McClelland S., Brown S.A., Ramirez-Fort M.K., Jaboin J.J., Zellars R.C. The surgical nature of radiation oncology should be better reflected in pre-residency training Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy. 2019;24(5):507-508.

    • Brown S., Pinnix C. Avoiding Topical Agents Before Daily Radiotherapy: Debunking Dogma JAMA Oncology. 2018;4(12):1748-1750.

    • Yahya J., Herzig D., Farrell M., Degnin C., Chen Y., Holland J., Brown S., Binder C., Jaboin J., Tsikitis V.L., Nabavizadeh N., Thomas C.R., Mitin T. Survey results of US radiation oncology providers’ contextual engagement of watch-and-wait beliefs after a complete clinical response to chemoradiation in patients with local rectal cancer Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology. 2018;9(6):1127-1132.

    • Yahya J.B., Farrell J., Herzig D.O., Degnin C.R., Chen Y., Holland J., Brown S., Jaboin J., Thomas C.R., Mitin T. Preferential use of imaging modalities in staging newly diagnosed rectal cancer: A survey of US radiation oncologists Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology. 2018;9(3):435-440.

    • Yahya J.B., Herzig D.Q., Farrell M.J., Degnin C.R., Chen Y., Holland J., Brown S., Jaboin J., Tsikitis V.L., Lu K., Thomas C.R., Mitin T. Does a fine line exist between regional and metastatic pelvic lymph nodes in rectal cancer-striking discordance between national guidelines and treatment recommendations by US radiation oncologists Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology. 2018;9(3):441-447.

    • Brown S., Saunders L., Krause J. Racial disparities in depression and life satisfaction after spinal cord injury: A mediational model Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 2012;18(3):232-240.