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    Justin Brown

    TitleAssociate Professor Of Clinical
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentSurgery
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #0973
    CA La Jolla 92093
    Phone858-657-5085
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      Dr. Justin M. Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Neurosurgery Division at UCSD and Director of the Neurosurgery Peripheral Nerve Program and Co-Director of the Center for Neurophysiology and Restorative Neurology. He is also a member of an international scientific group that is exploring techniques for restoring function in related central nervous system disorders, such as spinal cord injury. Brown earned his medical degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. He went on to complete a surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a peripheral nerve fellowship in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Brown joins the Neurosurgery Faculty at UC San Diego from his prior position as Co-Director of the Peripheral Nerve Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Brown specializes in peripheral nerve and spinal neurosurgery. His clinical interests include brachial plexus injury and other peripheral nerve trauma of the upper and lower extremities, nerve transfers, nerve sheath tumors, thoracic outlet syndrome, and nerve compression syndromes, including carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes.

      Research Overview
      Our primary focus in restoring movement to paralyzed limbs. This applies to nerve injury, spinal cord injury and stroke. We are anticipating a study in multiple sclerosis patients shortly.
      Research Topics

      • Clinical Trials

      • Neuroscience

      • Outcomes

      • Regeneration/Stem Cells

      • Trauma


      Current Project Titles
      Assessing outcomes in nerve transfer interventions to restore function to the arm and hand in upper motor neuro-related paralyses. Project #110986.


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      1. Cramer TJ, Anderson K, Navaz K, Brown JM, Mosnier LO, von Drygalski A. Heterozygous congenital Factor VII deficiency with the 9729del4 mutation, associated with severe spontaneous intracranial bleeding in an adolescent male. Blood Cells Mol Dis. 2016 Mar; 57:8-12. PMID: 26852649.
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      2. Barbe MF, Gomez-Amaya S, Braverman AS, Brown JM, Lamarre NS, Massicotte VS, Lewis JK, Dachert SR, Ruggieri MR. Evidence of vagus nerve sprouting to innervate the urinary bladder and clitoris in a canine model of lower motoneuron lesioned bladder. Neurourol Urodyn. 2015 Oct 9. PMID: 26452068.
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      3. Mahan MA, Vaz KM, Weingarten D, Brown JM, Shah SB. Altered ulnar nerve kinematic behavior in a cadaver model of entrapment. Neurosurgery. 2015 Jun; 76(6):747-55. PMID: 25734324.
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      4. Mahan MA, Gasco J, Mokhtee DB, Brown JM. Anatomical considerations of fascial release in ulnar nerve transposition: a concept revisited. J Neurosurg. 2015 Nov; 123(5):1216-22. PMID: 25909576.
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      5. Gomez-Amaya SM, Barbe MF, de Groat WC, Brown JM, Tuite GF, Corcos J, Fecho SB, Braverman AS, Ruggieri MR. Neural reconstruction methods of restoring bladder function. Nat Rev Urol. 2015 Feb; 12(2):100-18. PMID: 25666987.
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      6. Abrams DA, Hanson JA, Brown JM, Hsu FP, Delashaw JB, Bota DA. Timing of surgery and bevacizumab therapy in neurosurgical patients with recurrent high grade glioma. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Jan; 22(1):35-9. PMID: 25481268.
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      7. Gomez-Amaya SM, Barbe MF, Lamarre NS, Brown JM, Braverman AS, Ruggieri MR. Neuromuscular nicotinic receptors mediate bladder contractions following bladder reinnervation with somatic to autonomic nerve transfer after decentralization by spinal root transection. J Urol. 2015 Jun; 193(6):2138-45. PMID: 25444958.
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      8. Vaz KM, Brown JM, Shah SB. Peripheral nerve lengthening as a regenerative strategy. Neural Regen Res. 2014 Aug 15; 9(16):1498-501. PMID: 25317163.
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      9. Gomez-Amaya SM, Barbe MF, Brown JM, Lamarre NS, Braverman AS, Massicotte VS, Ruggieri MR. Bladder Reinnervation Using a Primarily Motor Donor Nerve (Femoral Nerve Branches) is Functionally Superior to Using a Primarily Sensory Donor Nerve (Genitofemoral Nerve). J Urol. 2015 Mar; 193(3):1042-51. PMID: 25066874.
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      10. Allison DW, Gertsch JH, Mahan MA, Sheean GL, Brown JM. Anesthesia considerations for monitoring TCMEPs in adults diagnosed with poliomyelitis as children: a case report. Neurodiagn J. 2014 Mar; 54(1):28-35. PMID: 24783748.
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      11. Mahan MA, Kader AK, Brown JM. Robot-assisted triple neurectomy for iatrogenic inguinal pain: a technical note. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2014 Jan; 156(1):171-5. PMID: 24026228.
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      12. Mahan MA, Sheean G, Brown JM. Segmental architecture of the spinal accessory nerve. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2014 Jan; 156(1):169-70. PMID: 23999598.
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      13. Brown JM, Barbe MF, Albo ME, Ruggieri MR. Anatomical feasibility of performing a nerve transfer from the femoral branch to bilateral pelvic nerves in a cadaver: a potential method to restore bladder function following proximal spinal cord injury. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Jun; 18(6):598-605. PMID: 23540734.
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      14. Brown JM, Barbe MF, Albo ME, Lai HH, Ruggieri MR. Anatomical feasibility of performing intercostal and ilioinguinal nerve to pelvic nerve transfer: a possible technique to restore lower urinary tract innervation. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 Oct; 17(4):357-62. PMID: 22881037.
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      15. Brown JM, Deriso DM, Tansey KE. From contemporary rehabilitation to restorative neurology. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 Jun; 114(5):471-4. PMID: 22538268.
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      16. Brown JM, Tansey KE. Clinical features of brain motor control and influence in upper motor neuron dysfunction. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 Jun; 114(5):441-6. PMID: 22502781.
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      17. Brown JM. Restorative neurology and motor control. Preface. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 Jun; 114(5):427. PMID: 22502788.
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      18. Brown JM, Kakulas BA. Restorative neurology: past, present, and future. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 Jun; 114(5):524-7. PMID: 22445619.
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      19. Brown JM, Vivio N, Sheean GL. The clinical practice of reconstructive neurosurgery. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2012 Jun; 114(5):506-14. PMID: 22421247.
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      20. Ruggieri MR, Braverman AS, Bernal RM, Lamarre NS, Brown JM, Barbe MF. Reinnervation of urethral and anal sphincters with femoral motor nerve to pudendal nerve transfer. Neurourol Urodyn. 2011 Nov; 30(8):1695-704. PMID: 21953679.
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      21. Barbe MF, Brown JM, Pontari MA, Dean GE, Braverman AS, Ruggieri MR. Feasibility of a femoral nerve motor branch for transfer to the pudendal nerve for restoring continence: a cadaveric study. J Neurosurg Spine. 2011 Nov; 15(5):526-31. PMID: 21761966.
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      22. Brown JM, Yee A, Ivens RA, Dribben W, Mackinnon SE. Post-cervical decompression parsonage-turner syndrome represents a subset of C5 palsy: six cases and a review of the literature: case report. Neurosurgery. 2010 Dec; 67(6):E1831-43; discussion E1843-4. PMID: 21107152.
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      23. Brown JM, Tung TH, Mackinnon SE. Median to radial nerve transfer to restore wrist and finger extension: technical nuances. Neurosurgery. 2010 Mar; 66(3 Suppl Operative):75-83; discussion 83. PMID: 20124928.
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      24. Brown JM, Yee A, Mackinnon SE. Distal median to ulnar nerve transfers to restore ulnar motor and sensory function within the hand: technical nuances. Neurosurgery. 2009 Nov; 65(5):966-77; discussion 977-8. PMID: 19834412.
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      25. Brown JM, Shah MN, Mackinnon SE. Distal nerve transfers: a biology-based rationale. Neurosurg Focus. 2009 Feb; 26(2):E12. PMID: 19416056.
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      26. Brown JM, Mackinnon SE. Nerve transfers in the forearm and hand. Hand Clin. 2008 Nov; 24(4):319-40, v. PMID: 18928884.
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      27. Brown JM, Firtel RA. Just the right size: cell counting in Dictyostelium. Trends Genet. 2000 May; 16(5):191-3. PMID: 10782107.
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