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KENNETH A. BROWN

Professor
Medicine
College of Medicine
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Public Relations:Jennifer Nachbur (802) 656-7875
Specialty:Nuclear cardiology; ischemic heart disease; cardiac catheterization
Biography:Dr. Brown is an expert on cardiac risk assessment and the use of noninvasive imaging as a diagnostic and prognostic tool. He was a founding member and is Past-President of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. Research interests include the use of nuclear cardiology imaging techniques to risk-stratify patients with coronary artery disease including those with acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, or and planned non-cardiac surgery. He has been widely honored with various academic and professional awards, including repeated appearances in Who’s Who in America and Best Doctors in America. Dr. Brown has published extensively in the field of nuclear cardiology as a principle investigator of original research as well as an authoritative author of review articles, editorials, and textbook chapters. He was the first to demonstrate that nuclear imaging predicts future cardiac events and has been a major contributor to the medical literature that has established the clinical utility of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging for definition of cardiac risk in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. His work has had a major impact on the selection of patients who will benefit most from invasive evaluation and revascularization. His ongoing research interests include the use of nuclear imaging to identify high and low risk patients receiving implantable defibrillators, the use of an adenosine challenge test to determine the vasodilator response of patients recently exposed to caffeine, and the use of nuclear imaging to identify patients with diabetes mellitus who are at risk for restenosis, rapid progression of disease and for future cardiac events following coronary revascularization.