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Lawrence S. Brown, M.D. M.P.H.

Lawrence S. Brown, M.D. M.P.H.

Member, RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Board

CEO, START Treatment and Recovery Centers
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

My Clinical Expertise:

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Biomedical & Behavioral Research
  • Substance Use Disorders

Dr. Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of START Treatment and Recovery Centers (formerly the Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation) in Brooklyn, New York. His experience in non-profit governance includes service as President and Chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Chairman of the Board, United States Anti-Doping Agency, and Board Member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Dr. Brown received a combined M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from the Columbia University School of Public Health. After completing an internal medicine residency at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he subsequently received academic appointments at Harlem Hospital and a fellowship at the Rockefeller University Hospital. Currently, he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Public Health at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Brown served on governmental committees of the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). His current responsibilities include providing and supervising medical care, teaching health professionals, and conducting biomedical and behavioral research. Dr. Brown’s scientific contributions have focused upon the sequellae of addiction and improving treatment of substance use disorders. This work resulted in the publication over 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and published abstracts. Dr. Brown is a member of SAMHSA’s Drug Testing Advisory Board. He was recently appointed to serve as a member of the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council and the New York State Behavioral Health Advisory Council.

Dr. Brown is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, ASAM, and the CPDD. He is also Medical Advisor to the National Football League. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services recognized Dr. Brown as the Addiction Medicine Physician of the Year.

  • Chief Executive Officer, START Treatment and Recovery Centers
  • President and Chair, American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Chairman of the Board, United States Anti-Doping Agency
  • Board Member, College on Problems of Drug Dependence
  • Board Member, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Public Health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Committee Member, FDA, NIDA, and NIAID
  • Author, over 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and published abstracts
  • Member, SAMHSA’s Drug Testing Advisory Board
  • Member, New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council
  • Member. New York State Behavioral Health Advisory Council
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, ASAM, and the CPDD
  • Medical Advisor, National Football League
  • Recognized as the Addiction Medicine Physician of the Year per The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Fellowship, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, 1983 – 1986: Research Fellow in basic science studies of brain opioid peptides
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Chief Resident, Harlem Hospital -- Internal Medicine, 1982 – 1983
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Internship & Residency, Harlem Hospital -- Internal Medicine, 1979 – 1982, fellowship in neuroendocrinology
  • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, MPH, Health Administration, 1978 – 1979
  • New York University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, Medicine, 1974 – 1979