Amy E. Caruso Brown

Amy E. Caruso Brown, MD

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

She received a B.A. in cognitive science and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Virginia (2002), an M.D. from Emory University (2008), an M.Sc. in medical anthropology from Oxford University (2008), and an M.S. in clinical research from the University of Colorado (2014). She also 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).

Dr. Brown is the Co-Director of Foundations of Reasoning in Medicine, a required course for first- and second-year medical students, and also teaches in the Center's Physicians and Social Responsibility elective courses. She serves on the College of Medicine Curriculum Committee and the Upstate Institutional Review Board. She also sees patients at the Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders and at Golisano Children's Hospital.

Her current research interests include the impact of social media on trust and communication between physicians and families; racial, ethnic, and cultural disparities in approaches to treatment refusal; methods of assessment in ethics and professionalism education; and the effects of the current political climate on the provision of ethical health care to diverse populations.

Selected Publications

  1. Procedure-specific preoperative red blood cell preparation and utilization management in pediatric surgical patientsExternal Icon.
    Schmotzer CL, Brown AE, Roth S, Johnson J, Ines-Castillejo M, Reisner A, Hillyer CD, Josephson CD.
    Transfusion. 2010; 50(4):861-7.  PubMed [journal]PMID:  20003058

  2. "Ghosts in my body": Seizure-like presentation of hypocalcemic tetany secondary to hypomagnesemia in a patient receiving cetuximab therapy for metastatic medulloblastomaExternal Icon.
    Kidwell KS, Kopp WE, Albano EA, Brown AE.
    Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology. 2014; 36(4):305-7. PubMed [journal]PMID:  23426003

  3. Reported availability and gaps of pediatric palliative care in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review of published dataExternal Icon.
    Caruso Brown AE, Howard SC, Baker JN, Ribeiro RC, Lam CG.
    Journal of palliative medicine. 2014; 17(12):1369-83. PubMed [journal]PMID: 25225748   PMCID: PMC4268583

  4. Family-centered care and evidence-based medicine in conflict: lessons for pediatricians.External Icon
    Caruso Brown AE.
    Hospital pediatrics. 2015; 5(1):52-4.  PubMed [journal]PMID:  25554760

  5. Pharmacokinetics and safety of intravenous cidofovir for life-threatening viral infections in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipientsExternal Icon.
    Caruso Brown AE, Cohen MN, Tong S, Braverman RS, Rooney JF, Giller R, Levin MJ.
    Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy. 2015; 59(7):3718-25.
    PubMed [journal]PMID: 25733509  PMCID: PMC4468698

  6. Incidence and consequences of varicella in children treated for cancer in GuatemalaExternal Icon.
    Brown AEC, Asturias EJ, Melgar M, Antillon-Klussmann FA, Mettler P, Levin MJ.
    World journal of pediatrics : WJP. 2016; 12(3):320-326. PubMed [journal]PMID: 27351567

  7. Finding Faith in Skepticism and Symbolism in Science.External Icon
    Caruso Brown A.
    Narrative inquiry in bioethics. 2016 December; 6(3):159. My Bibliography [journal]

  8. Choosing to Care for Children Who Might Die: Conversations with Pediatric ResidentsExternal Icon.
    Brown AE.
    Perspectives in biology and medicine. 2017; 60(2):247-257. PubMed [journal]PMID:  29176086

  9. "Being Persistent without Being Pushy": Student Reflections on Vaccine HesitancyExternal Icon.
    Caruso Brown AE, Suryadevara M, Welch TR, Botash AS.
    Narrative inquiry in bioethics. 2017; 7(1):59-70.  PubMed [journal]PMID: 28713146

  10. Should Clinicians Intervene If They Suspect That a Caregiver Whose Child Has Cancer Is at Risk of Psychological Harm?External Icon
    Brown AEC.
    AMA journal of ethics. 2017; 19(5):493-500.  PubMed [journal]PMID: 28553907

  11. From Silence into Language: Questioning the Power of Physician Illness NarrativesExternal Icon.
    Brown AEC, Garden R.
    AMA journal of ethics. 2017; 19(5):501-507.  PubMed [journal]PMID: 28553908

  12. Making a Safe Space PossibleExternal Icon.
    Caruso Brown AE.
    Academic pediatrics. 2017; 17(4):343-344.  PubMed [journal]PMID: 28323245

  13. Ringed sideroblasts in β-thalassemiaExternal Icon.
    Cattivelli K, Campagna DR, Schmitz-Abe K, Heeney MM, Yaish HM, Caruso Brown AE, Kearney S, Walkovich K, Markianos K, Fleming MD, Neufeld EJ.
    Pediatric blood & cancer. 2017; 64(5). NIHMSID: NIHMS919930  PubMed [journal]PMID: 27808451  PMCID: PMC5697724

  14. Porous BoundariesExternal Icon.
    Caruso Brown AE.
    JAMA. 2017; 317(24):2487-2488.  PubMed [journal]PMID: 28655020

  15. Using Student Reflective Narratives to Teach Professionalism and Systems-Based PracticeExternal Icon.
    Welch TR, Brown AC, Botash AS.
    The Journal of pediatrics. 2017; 187:5-6.e1.  PubMed [journal]PMID: 28526218

  16. At the Intersection of Faith, Culture, and Family Dynamics: A Complex Case of Refusal of Treatment for Childhood CancerExternal Icon.
    Brown AEC.
    The Journal of clinical ethics. 2017; 28(3):228-235.  PubMed [journal]PMID: 28930710

  17. Refusal of Treatment of Childhood Cancer: A Systematic ReviewExternal Icon.
    Sharma A, Johnson LM, Caruso Brown AE, Unguru Y, Lantos JD.                                                   Pediatrics. 2017; 140(6).  PubMed [journal]PMID: 2914662    

  18. Should a Teenager Be Allowed to Leave the Hospital AMA to Attend His Father’s Funeral?.External Icon
        Kania T, Schafer M, Brown AEC, Olick RS, Lantos JD.
        Pediatrics May 2018, 141(5): PubMed[journal]PMID:29626163                              

  1. Extravagant Gift From a Grateful PatientExternal Icon.                                                                                      Johnson S, Johnson LM, Brown AEC, Unguru Y, Lantos JD                                                           Pediatrics. 2018 Jun;141(6). pii: e20172837PubMed[journal] PMID: 29728430