Lawrence S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH, DFASAM
As Chief Executive Officer of START Treatment & Recovery Centers (formerly Addiction, Research and Treatment Corporation), located in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Brown is responsible for the entire corporation, including all aspects of health care services, oversight of health care professionals, and the conduct of behavioral and biomedical research. His scientific contributions have focused upon the sequelae of addiction and improving treatment of substance use disorders, resulting in hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and published abstracts, reflecting research sponsored by government and private industry.
His experience in non-profit governance includes past service as president and Board chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM); Board chair of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency; Board member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD); and Board member of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.
He currently serves as a member of the Drug Testing Advisory Board of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services. He was recently appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the New York State Senate to serve as a member of both the state's Public Health and Health Planning Council and Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council. Other service on government committees includes the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Outside of government, Dr. Brown serves as medical advisor to the National Football League.
He is the recipient of multiple awards including being named the Addiction Medicine Physician of the Year by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and a Fellow by The New York Academy of Medicine, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, ASAM, and CPDD.
Dr. Brown received a combined MD/MPH degree from New York University School of Medicine and Columbia University School of Public Health. After completing an internal medicine residency at Harlem Hospital and a fellowship in neuroendocrinology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he subsequently received academic appointments as associate physician at Rockefeller University Hospital and clinical associate professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College.