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Emery Brown gives Dean’s Lecture focusing on rethinking general anesthesia

Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD, presented the 2019 Fall Dean’s Lecture at Penn State College of Medicine on Nov. 21, 2019, in the college’s Junker Auditorium. Brown, who spoke on “Rethinking General Anesthesia,” is Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering at MIT, and director of the Neuroscience Statistics Research Laboratory and part of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Brown is an anesthesiologist-statistician whose experimental research has helped define the neuroscience mechanisms of how anesthetics work. He is also widely recognized for his development of signal processing methods for neuroscience data analysis. Dr. Brown served on President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative Working Group. His honors and awards include an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Applied Mathematics and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Excellence in Research Award and the Dickson Prize in Science.

Dr. Brown is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors. He is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in applied mathematics from Harvard College, Dr. Brown earned his master’s and doctorate in statistics from Harvard University and his medical degree (magna cum laude) from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

His talk was jointly sponsored by the College of Medicine’s Faculty Organization and the Office of the Dean.

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