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Ethan G. Brown



Dr. Ethan G. Brown is a neurologist who primarily cares for adults with movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, other types of parkinsonism, ataxia, dystonia, tremor and related conditions. He focuses on diagnosing and managing movement disorders through lifestyle changes and medications, as well as treatment with botulinum toxin (Botox). He also works with a team of other specialists to help manage deep brain stimulation and other surgical therapies.

In research, Brown is interested in characterizing the earliest stages – or prodromal stage – of Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders. His projects involve identifying risk factors for these conditions and finding methods that facilitate their earliest possible diagnosis. Through a better understanding of prodromal disease, he hopes to enable earlier symptom treatment and biomarker identification (finding measurable indications of disease) and also to advance investigations of new treatments.

Brown is also interested in environmental exposures that may be related to the development of Parkinson's disease or its progression. He is studying how changes in the gut microbiome (intestinal bacteria), among other factors, may contribute to Parkinson's disease symptoms, impact disease progression, or affect how drugs are transformed in the body. He is conducting a clinical trial (a study using human volunteers) to explore whether manipulating the gut microbiome can ease symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease.

Brown earned his medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in movement disorders at UCSF. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

In his free time, Brown enjoys hiking, biking and being with his family.

  • Education

    Weill Cornell Medical College, 2012

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Neurology, 2016

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Movement Disorders, 2018

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

I hope to bring patients clarity on neurologic issues, both by demystifying what we know now and by understanding the best path forward through research.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    103 Ratings
    About our process
    Mar 03, 2023
    Dr Brown is great. He shows genuine concern asks questions and opinions. Gives options and discusses his thoughts. He makes a personal connection and made me feel comfortable at all times.
    Jan 05, 2023
    I learned even more about DBS and its limitations BECAUSE DR. BROWN MADE SURE THAT THE BOSTON SCIENTIFIC REP WAS THERE. Jeff is masterful at programming as well.
    Dec 17, 2022
    Dr Brown's assistant asked all about my difficulty with BFT.Dr Brown asked all kind of questions about BFT and the medications I took in the past and its side effects.
    Oct 25, 2022
    Very efficient explained things well caring person who was thoughtful. I'd recommend highly.
    Sep 22, 2022
    Sep 11, 2022
    Dr Ethan Brown was the complete package - deeply knowledgeable personable empathetic funny and engaging. In a short period of time he established a strong bond of trust which will encourage me to reach out if I need help in the future. I feel fortunate that he is part of my 'kitchen cabinet' of medical professionals.
    Aug 02, 2022
    Dr. Ethan Gus Brown was most excellent.
    Jul 21, 2022
    Dr Brown is superb
    May 06, 2022
    The doctor was very thorough in describing the results of the DaTscan to me in a way that I could understand.
    Mar 24, 2022
    The doctor was characteristically solicitous and thourough
    Mar 09, 2022
    Great experience
    Mar 06, 2022
    I had to wait a week for MyChart to let me see my follow-up records.
    Feb 01, 2022
    Excellent care and communication
    Jan 27, 2022
    Dr Brown was EXCELLENT in every respect! Fantastic first visit!
    Dec 08, 2021
    Involved and engaged to level. I'm looking to participate in clinical trials and otherwise be of help to the community.
    Dec 03, 2021
    No instructions
    Oct 21, 2021
    Dr. Brown and his associate were completely professional patient in my examination and caring!
    Sep 29, 2021
    Dr. Brown is an exceptionally knowledgeable and empathetic provider. I would rate him quite highly. However my desire to have a transparent understanding of my Parkinson's disease progression is rarely successfully addressed. We have talked about this during In earlier appointments but it doesn't seem to be his preferred approach for example using scores derived from the standard in person evaluation as a means of tracking progression.
    Sep 21, 2021
    Dr Brown is the best. He listens and shows care and concerns. Discusses options for care and asks for my thoughts. Explains his thoughts well and looks for ways to show care. Makes it personal and feel like he really cares about me.
    Aug 20, 2021
    Provider did not seem to be able to review lab and other test results ahead of time. We had been told by UCSF scheduling that they were in the same system so the tests results are available. That was disappointing.
    Aug 19, 2021
    Several days after this appointment I received the summary written by the doctor which was helpful and informative.