Dr. Michael D. Brown, MD

Dr. Michael D. Brown, MD

Gastroenterology | Male | 60 years old

The big thing on my part is education. It s explaining things that other physicians have not had the time to do. Education takes time. It s not an efficient process. And when you ve had all the tests done and they re all negative. And you ve been given a diagnosis of a functional bowel disease, like irritable bowel syndrome and then just told to live with it or deal with it, it s very difficult for patients, particularly since there s no diagnostic test that shows you have that. You have to buy into that diagnosis based on the physicians statement of such. And without any background, it s a black box and patients don t understand it. So to me it s all about education, making sure they understand why they have symptoms, where those symptoms come from, and once patients sort of own the disease and understand it, I find that then they re more willing to work with it, the symptoms aren t as scary, they re not as effecting of their quality of life. I think they understand then how the medications might work. Some medications that don t work so well when you don t understand the disease state, do work a little better when you do. So it s all about communication. It s about education. It s about self-management. It s about collaboration. I m not an authoritative-type physician. I don t dictate care. It really has to be a collaboration with me.Read more

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The big thing on my part is education. It s explaining things that other physicians have not had the time to do. Education takes time. It s not an efficient process. And when you ve had all the tests done and they re all negative. And you ve been given a diagnosis of a functional bowel disease, like irritable bowel syndrome and then just told to live with it or deal with it, it s very difficult for patients, particularly since there s no diagnostic test that shows you have that. You have to buy into that diagnosis based on the physicians statement of such. And without any background, it s a black box and patients don t understand it. So to me it s all about education, making sure they understand why they have symptoms, where those symptoms come from, and once patients sort of own the disease and understand it, I find that then they re more willing to work with it, the symptoms aren t as scary, they re not as effecting of their quality of life. I think they understand then how the medications might work. Some medications that don t work so well when you don t understand the disease state, do work a little better when you do. So it s all about communication. It s about education. It s about self-management. It s about collaboration. I m not an authoritative-type physician. I don t dictate care. It really has to be a collaboration with me.Read more

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Dr. Brown has been my gastro go to MD for 15 years. He is great. Kind, professional, calm. I've sent two of my best friends to see him and they feel the same way about him. Terrific.
Streamwood, IL |
The Doctor has been great with me and since Mayo Clinic confirmed basically what he said 20 years ago I know he know what he's doing. They told ne years ago I would end up losing some of my colon then due to a partial blockage which now has gotten worst, Dr Brown has tried so hard with me. God Bless him!
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  • Gastroenterology

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  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastrojejunal Ulcer
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Malnutrition
  • Nausea
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pouchitis
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders

Procedures Performed

  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Manometry
  • Polypectomy

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  • 0
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    Sanctions

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Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago

    Graduated in 1981

  • Internship Hospital
    Michael Reese Hospital Med Center

    Completed in 1982

  • Residency Hospital
    Michael Reese Hospital Med Center

    Completed in 1984

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Michael Reese Hosp/U Chicag

    Completed in 1987

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Colorado

    Graduated in 1977

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Faculty Achievement Award, 7/1/2000
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  • Media & Publications
    • Alternative Therapies for GERD, 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine
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  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Brown's Care Philosophy

The big thing on my part is education. It s explaining things that other physicians have not had the time to do. Education takes time. It s not an efficient process. And when you ve had all the tests done and they re all negative. And you ve been given a diagnosis of a functional bowel disease, like irritable bowel syndrome and then just told to live with it or deal with it, it s very difficult for patients, particularly since there s no diagnostic test that shows you have that. You have to buy into that diagnosis based on the physicians statement of such. And without any background, it s a black box and patients don t understand it. So to me it s all about education, making sure they understand why they have symptoms, where those symptoms come from, and once patients sort of own the disease and understand it, I find that then they re more willing to work with it, the symptoms aren t as scary, they re not as effecting of their quality of life. I think they understand then how the medications might work. Some medications that don t work so well when you don t understand the disease state, do work a little better when you do. So it s all about communication. It s about education. It s about self-management. It s about collaboration. I m not an authoritative-type physician. I don t dictate care. It really has to be a collaboration with me.