Amy E. Caruso Brown

Amy E. Caruso Brown, MDAmy E. Caruso Brown, MD, MSc, MSCS, is an Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Humanities and Pediatrics.

She holds degrees from the University of Virginia (BA, 2002), Emory University (MD, 2008), the University of Oxford (MSc, 2008), and the University of Colorado (MSCS, 2014). She completed residency training in general pediatrics (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2008-2009; University of Colorado, 2009-2011) and fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology (University of Colorado, 2011-2014) and is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. 

Dr. Caruso Brown is the co-director of Patients to Populations: Ethics, Law and Population Health, a required course for first-year medical students, and also teaches in the Center's Physicians and Social Responsibility elective courses and in the Clinical Bioethics Clerkship for third-year medical students. She serves on the College of Medicine Curriculum Committee and on the Upstate Institutional Review Board. 

Her current research interests include cultural dimensions of treatment refusal in pediatrics; the impact of social media on trust and communication between physicians and families; and to developing innovative approaches to teaching and to evaluating teaching in bioethics and social determinants of health. In the context of her teaching efforts, she is particularly interested in the question of how medical students understand and enact social responsibility as part of their evolving professional identities, across societies and healthcare systems. 

Dr. Caruso Brown is also a member of the Ethics Consultation Service and treats patients at the Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders and at Golisano Children's Hospital.

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Selected Publications

Research Articles:

Caruso Brown AE, Slutzky AR. Refusal of treatment of childhood cancer: A systematic reviewExternal Link Icon. Pediatrics 2017;140(6):e20171951. PMID: 29146622 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2017-19514.     

Caruso Brown AE. Choosing to care for children who might die: Conversations with pediatric residentsExternal Link Icon. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 2017;60(2):247-257.
PMID: 29176086 DOI: 10.1353/pbm.2017.0031

Caruso Brown AE, Suryadevara M, Welch TR, Botash AS. “Being persistent without being pushy”: Student reflections on vaccine hesitancy.External Link Icon Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 2017;7(1):59–70. PMID: 28713146 DOI: 10.1353/nib.2017.0018

Caruso Brown AE, Howard SC, Baker J, Ribeiro RC, Lam CG. Reported availability and gaps of pediatric palliative care in low-income and middle-income countries: A systematic reviewExternal Link Icon. Journal of Palliative Medicine 2014;17(12):1369-83. PMID: 25225748 PMCID: PMC4268583 DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2014.0095

Case Analyses:

Sharma A, Johnson L, Caruso Brown A, Unguru Y, Lantos JM. Ethics rounds: An extravagant gift from a grateful patientExternal Link Icon. Pediatrics 2018;epub ahead of print:e20172837. PMID: 29728430 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2017-2837

Kania T, Schafer ML, Caruso Brown AE, Olick RS, Lantos JM. Ethics rounds: Should a teen be allowed to leave the hospital AMA to attend his father’s funeral?External Link Icon Pediatrics 2018;141(5):e20170902. PMID: 29626163 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2017-0902

Caruso Brown AE. At the intersection of faith, culture, and family dynamics: A complex case of refusal of treatment for childhood cancerExternal Link Icon. Journal of Clinical Ethics 2017;28(3):215-222. PMID: 28930710

Caruso Brown AE. Family-centered care and evidence-based medicine in conflict: Lessons for pediatricians.External Link Icon Hospital Pediatrics 2015;5(1):52-54. PMID: 25554760 DOI: 10.1542/hpeds.2014-0082

Commentaries:

Caruso Brown AE. Reconsidering refusal: Are some cases refractory even to the best tools?External IconAmerican Journal of Bioethics. 2018; 18(8):61-63. PMID: 30133387 DOI:10.1080/15265161.2018.1485771.

Caruso Brown AE, Garden R. From silence into language: Questioning the power of physician illness narrativesExternal Link Icon. AMA Journal of Ethics 2017;19(5):501-07. PMID: 28553908 DOI: 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.5.imhl1-1705

Caruso Brown AE. Should clinicians intervene if they suspect that a caregiver whose child has cancer is at risk of psychological harm?External Link Icon AMA Journal of Ethics 2017;19(5):493-500. PMID: 28553907 DOI: 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.5.msoc3-1705

Narrative Essays: 

Caruso Brown AE. Porous boundaries.External Link Icon Journal of the American Medical Association 2017;317(24):2487-88. PMID: 28655020 DOI: 10.1001/jama.2017.1589

Caruso Brown AE. Making a safe space possible.External Link Icon Academic Pediatrics 2017;17(4):343-44. PMID: 28323245 DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2017.03.009

Caruso Brown AE. Finding faith in skepticism and symbolism in scienceExternal Link Icon. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 2016;6(3):159-161.

Books:
Caruso Brown AE, Hobart TR, Morrow CB, eds. Bioethics, Public Health, and the Social Sciences for Medical Students and Professionals: An Integrated, Case-Based Approach. Springer, forthcomingExternal Link Icon

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