Memorial Sloan Kettering neuro-oncologist Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown, MD, PhD

Neuro-Oncologist and Neurologist

Clinical Expertise

Adult General Neuro-Oncology; Neurofibromatosis Type 1; Neurofibromatosis Type 2; Schwannomatosis

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About Me


MD, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; PhD, The University of Texas at Austin


Internal Medicine - East Tennessee State University; Neurology - Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

Board Certifications


I earned my PhD in neuroscience before choosing to pursue an MD. Having a pre-existing interest in neurology at the start of medical school, I quickly became drawn to neuro-oncology. As a scientist, I recognize how much these patients can stand to benefit from bench to bedside research. I am now a board-certified neurologist who has completed my adult neuro-oncology fellowship and am qualified to care for people with a wide range of primary and metastatic brain tumors as well as the neurologic side effects of systemic cancers and their treatments. 

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Additionally, my clinical and research interests for the past ten years have focused on neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), which is a genetic tumor-predisposition syndrome associated with the growth of benign neurofibromas along the peripheral nerves. People with this condition are at higher risk for several different cancer types and of some benign tumors becoming cancerous. My laboratory research is working to identify the factors that lead a benign neurofibroma to develop into a malignant sarcoma in NF1. By identifying the mechanism and the cell type that underlies this transition, I hope to one day identify therapies to prevent it. 

Personally, my hobbies include painting, cooking, and writing. I previously volunteered as a foster home for abandoned and abused dogs and cats. I live in Manhattan with my family and our elderly long-haired dachshund. Currently, my career is focused on laboratory research, however, I also occasionally work as part of the Neurology Service’s inpatient and consult teams.


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