Alumni, Core, Faculty, IM Faculty, IM Faculty and Fellows
Ben Brown, M.D., Director of Integrative Medicine and Career Development
My passion is helping people become the type of doctor they have always dreamed of becoming and live beyond what they may have thought was possible.
Helping busy people keep their dreams alive and transform that dream into reality can be challenging in any circumstance, but especially during residency, fellowship and career transitions. As one of my friends says, ‘you have to be credible before you can be incredible’, and this requires a lot of support. That is something I have received in abundance and I am honored to give back. I am so fortunate to meet with the residents yearly to help them live their dreams as part of the leadership curriculum.
I graduated from UCSF in 1992. In medical school I worked with the Burmese Refugees and fell in love with the people of Burma and founded and directed an international non-profit to help them (Planet Care –> Community Partners International https://www.cpintl.org/history.html ). I have led approximately 20 medical missions to help the refugees along the Thai-Burma border area as well as relief trips to Haiti, Nicaragua and Bolivia.
Following residency in Santa Rosa, I worked as a rural-full-spectrum family doctor in Point Reyes, CA. It was an idyllic practice with wonderful mix of patients: the Latino families working on the dairy farms, the retired professors living a relaxed life in a beautiful place and the sweet folks seeking refuge from a fast paced world who were hanging tight to the values of the 60’s.
In 2002, I left my sweet rural practice to help the growing pains of an FQHC doing its best to provide health care for the underserved in Santa Rosa and became the Chief Medical Officer of Santa Rosa Community Health Centers where we grew the organization from 1 site to 7 sites and increased our patient volume 5 times in 6 years.
In 2007, I became part of the residency faculty to start the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved Fellowship and to more formalize the career work I was doing with the residents. The Integrative Medicine fellowship helped start the organization IM4Us, Integrative Medicine for the Underserved, that is dedicated to bringing integrative medicine from the boutiques to the streets. We have an annual conference and an online toolkit and have helped spark an international movement. (https://im4us.org/app/Home).
In addition to my work at the residency I am also Medical Director for the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program with Dean Ornish MD and the Program for Reversing Heart Disease.
I am board certified in Integrative Medicine, I love Ayurveda, Osteopathy and Lifestyle Medicine, and I write and lecture on wellness, lifestyle change and physician wellbeing. You can find my book on “50 Simple Things to Save Your life During Residency” here (https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Things-Save-During-Residency/dp/1941587003) and my website here (http://www.theintegrativementor.com).
My other interests include almost anything outdoors: biking, hiking, skiing, mountain retreats; laughing with my daughter Shayla, juggling, woodcarving, macro-photography, Kirtan guitar and bass, cartooning, and living in the now.
School: UCSF Medical School
Alumni Year: 1995