Lisa Brown, M.D., MAS

Lisa M. Brown, M.D., MAS


Surgery - Thoracic

Clinical Research

Robotic Surgery

Surgery - Robotic




  • Assistant Professor of Thoracic Surgery


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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

4501 X St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinical Interests

Dr. Brown specializes in General Thoracic Surgery, with a particular interest in thoracic surgical oncology, including cancers of the lung, esophagus, chest wall, and thymus. She also has an interest in the treatment of benign esophageal disease including paraesophageal hernia, GERD, and achalasia.

Dr. Brown has had extensive advanced training using minimally invasive techniques including thoracoscopic (VATS), laparoscopic, endoscopic, and robotic surgery. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Brown has a Master's of Advanced Study degree in Clinical Research. She is interested in outcomes research including retrospective and prospective cohort studies, cost-effectiveness analyses, and clinical trials. She is developing research foci on patient-centered outcomes and lung cancer in women. 


Cardiothoracic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI 2005

MAS, Clinical Research, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2010

B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 1999

Internship: General Surgery, UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2005-2006


General Surgery, UC San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2006-2008, 2010-2012


Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle WA 2014-2015

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University, St. Louis MO 2012-2014

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 2013

American Board of Thoracic Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2015

Professional Memberships

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

UC San Francisco Naffziger Surgical Society

Women in Thoracic Surgery

Honors and Awards

American Association for Thoracic Surgery / Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship, 2014

University of California, San Francisco, Department of Surgery, Haile T. Debas Resident Teaching Award, 2012

Select Recent Publications

Brown LM, Calfee CS, Howard JP, Craig TR, Matthay MA, McAuley DF. Comparison of thermodilution measured extravascular lung water with chest radiographic assessment of pulmonary oedema in patients with acute lung injury. Ann Intensive Care. 2013 Aug 11;3(1):25.

Brown LM. “Moving right along” after lung resection, but the data suggests, “not so fast”. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. pii: S0022-5223(15)02144-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2015.10.081.

Brown LM, Aro SO, Cohen MJ. Trauma Outcomes Group. A high fresh frozen plasma: packed red blood cell transfusion ratio decreases mortality in all massively transfused trauma patients regardless of admission international normalized ratio. J Trauma. 2011 Aug;71(2 Suppl 3):S358-63.

Brown LM, Call MS, Margaret Knudson M, Cohen MJ; Trauma Outcomes Group. A normal platelet count may not be enough: the impact of admission platelet count on mortality and transfusion in severely injured trauma patients. J Trauma. 2011 Aug;71(2 Suppl 3):S337-42.

Brown LM, Calfee CS, Matthay MA, Brower RG, Thompson BT, Checkley W; for the National Institutes of Health Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Network Investigators. A simple classification model for hospital mortality in patients with acute lung injury managed with lung protective ventilation. Crit Care Med. 2011 Dec;39(12):2645-51.

Brown LM, Rogers SJ, Cello JP, Brasel KJ, Inadomi JM. Cost-effective treatment of patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis and possible common bile duct stones.  J Am Coll Surg. 2011 Jun;212(6):1049-1060.e1-7.

Brown LM, Kallet RH, Matthay MA, Dicker RA. The influence of race on the development of acute lung injury In trauma patients. Am J Surg. 2011 Apr;201(4):486-91.

Campos GM, Jablons D, Brown LM, Ramirez RM, Rabl C, Theodore P. A safe and reproducible anastomotic technique for minimally invasive Ivor Lewis oesophagectomy: the circular stapled anastomosis with the trans-oral anvil. Eur J Cardiothoracic Surg. 2010 Jun;37(6):1421-6.

Brown LM, Matthay MA. Measuring the quantity of pulmonary edema in clinical lung injury. Crit Care Med. 2010 Jan;38(1):312-4.

Brown LM, Liu KD, Matthay MA. Measurement of extravascular lung water using the single indicator method in patients: research and potential clinical value. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2009 Oct;297(4):L547-58.