Erin G. Brown, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Erin G. Brown, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

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Pediatric Surgery

Surgery - Pediatric

Fetal Intervention



Locations and Contact

UC Davis Children's Hospital

UC Davis Children's Hospital
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Shriners Hospital for Children

Shriners Hospital for Children
2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Clinic Phone: 916-453-2180

Clinic Fax: 916-453-2373

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Physician Referrals

800-UCD-4-KIDS (800-823-4543)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Brown is a pediatric surgeon at UC Davis Children's Hospital and the adjoining Shriners Hospital for Children - Northern California, where she treats neonates, infants, children and adolescents with a wide range of conditions and congenital malformations.

She specializes in minimally invasive surgery, thoracic surgery, oncology, fetal intervention, and trauma.

Research/Academic Interests

The Brown Lab conducts basic science and translational research focused on novel treatment of fetal and pediatric diseases. As a pediatric surgeon and the UC Davis Director of Pediatric Surgical Oncology, Dr. Brown has a specific interest in neuroblastoma, a common solid tumor in young children.

Her research focuses on the development of cellular therapy and investigation of targeted delivery of microRNA therapeutics for neuroblastoma treatment. Additionally, her clinical research interests focus on developing better systems for improving quality of care for pediatric oncology patients, both in terms of better metrics as well as developing processes to improve outcomes; projects include clinical research and multi-institutional research collaborative projects in pediatric surgical oncology.


Pediatric Surgery
Fetal Care and Treatment Center

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program
UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.S., Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford CA 2005

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2009


General Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2009-2016


Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA 2016-2018


Fetal Research, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2012-2014

American Pediatric Surgical Association Quality Award Candidate, 2021

Hartwell Foundation Finalist, 2020

Best Clinical Research Award at the 31st Annual UC Davis Department of Surgery Research Symposium, 2020

Outstanding Chief Resident, Department of General Surgery, 2016

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2008

Brown EG, Anderson JE, Burgess D, Bold RJ, Farmer DL. Pediatric surgical readmissions: Are they truly preventable? J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jan;52(1):161-165. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.10.037. Epub 2016 Oct 28. PMID:27919406.

Brown EG, Anderson JE, Burgess D, Bold RJ. Examining the "Halo Effect" of Surgical Care Within Health Systems. JAMA Surg. 2016 Oct 1;151(10):983-984. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1000. PMID:27367923.

Brown EG, Keller BA, Lankford L, Pivetti CD, Hirose S, Farmer DL, Wang A. Age Does Matter: A Pilot Comparison of Placenta-Derived Stromal Cells for in utero Repair of Myelomeningocele Using a Lamb Model. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2016;39(3):179-85. doi:10.1159/000433427. Epub 2015 Jul 7. PMID:26159889.

Brown EG, Keller BA, Pivetti CD, Farmer DL. Innate healing in the fetal sheep model of myelomeningocele: A standardized defect grading system. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Jul;50(7):1134-6. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.10.021. Epub 2014 Dec 5. PMID:25783311.

Wang A, Brown EG, Lankford L, Keller BA, Pivetti CD, Sitkin NA, Beattie MS, Bresnahan JC, Farmer DL. Placental mesenchymal stromal cells rescue ambulation in ovine myelomeningocele. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2015 Jun;4(6):659-69. doi:10.5966/sctm.2014-0296. Epub 2015 Apr 24. PMID:25911465.

Brown EG, Keller BA, Pivetti CD, Sitkin NA, Wang A, Farmer DL, Bresnahan JC. Development of a locomotor rating scale for testing motor function in sheep. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Apr;50(4):617-21. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.01.002. Epub 2015 Jan 24. PMID:25840074.

Brown EG, Bold RJ. Hospital Readmissions: Are They Preventable? Adv Surg. 2015;49:15-29. doi:10.1016/j.yasu.2015.03.013. Epub 2015 Apr 22. PMID:26299488.

Brown EG, Burgess D, Li CS, Canter RJ, Bold RJ. Hospital readmissions: necessary evil or preventable target for quality improvement. Ann Surg. 2014 Oct;260(4):583-9; discussion 589-91. doi:10.1097/SLA.0000000000000923. PMID:25203874.

Brown EG, Galante JM, Keller BA, Braxton J, Farmer DL. Pregnancy-related attrition in general surgery. JAMA Surg. 2014 Sep;149(9):893-7. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.1227. PMID:25029501.

Brown EG, Saadai P, Pivetti CD, Beattie MS, Bresnahan JC, Wang A, Farmer DL. In utero repair of myelomeningocele with autologous amniotic membrane in the fetal lamb model. J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Jan;49(1):133-7; discussion 137-8. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.09.043. Epub 2013 Oct 5. PMID:24439597.