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Practice Philosophy

"I believe that relationships founded in trust and knowledge sharing lead to the best outcomes."

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society
Dr. Erik C. Brown joined Valley Children’s neuroscience team in 2023. 

Dr. Brown is an active member of multiple professional associations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Neurocritical Care Society and the American Epilepsy Society. He is active in research in his field and has recently conducted research on topics such as mapping cerebral language function, the current state of responsive neurostimulation (RNS) in epilepsy surgery and improving quality of care with respect to lumbar drains. Dr. Brown’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals as well as presented at various conferences around the country. Additionally, Dr. Brown has served for several years as a journal reviewer, reviewing peer-reviewed journals including Scientific Reports, Epilepsy & Behavior and Frontiers in Neurology/Neuroscience

After graduating with his medical and doctoral degrees from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Brown went on to complete a residency in neurological surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. He then moved on to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where, in conjunction with the University of Miami, he completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery. 

When Dr. Brown is not working, he enjoys being active outdoors, particularly surfing, or relaxing playing the guitar.

Medical Education

  • Medical SchoolWayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Graduate SchoolMS in Medical Research - Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Graduate SchoolPhD - Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • ResidencyNeurological Surgery - Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
  • FellowshipPediatric Neurosurgery - Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL


Dr. Brown has a particular interest in studying language function in the brain using intracranial EEG with epilepsy surgery patients.

Recent Publications:
Levy A., Bystrom L., Brown E.C., Fajardo M., Wang S. Responsive neurostimulation for treatment of pediatric refractory epilepsy: A pooled analysis of the literature. Clin Neurol Neurosurg, Oct. 2023. PMID 37839147. DOI: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2023.108012

Bystrom L., Levy S., Brown E.C., Fajardo M., Wang S. Thalamic responsive neurostimulation for the treatment of refractory epilepsy: an individual patient data meta-analysis. J Neurosurg Pediatr, June 2023. PMID 37347644. DOI: 10.3171/2023.5.PEDS22559

Brown E.C., Stedelin B., Koike S., Raslan A., Selden, N. Speech-related auditory salience detection in the posterior superior temporal region. Neuroimage, March 2022. PMID 34958951. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.118840

Additional Information

  • Clinical Instructor with Florida International University
  • Review Editor with Frontiers: Neurology and epilepsy section