Gary Brown, MD

Gary Brown, MD

Ophthalmology Plymouth Meeting, PA

Professor of Ophthalmology, Jefferson Medical College

Office Address

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  • Mid-Atlantic Retina
    4060 Butler Pike
    Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
    Phone: (800) 331-6634
    Fax: (215) 233-3222


  • Graduating from Colgate University in 1971, I received my MD from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in 1975. Interning in pediatrics at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, I had my residency in ophthalmology, chief residency, and vitreoretinal fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. I was board-certified in Ophthalmology in 1980 and received an MBA degree in Strategic Management from Saint Joseph’s University’s in 1998. Currently a clinical practitioner at Wills and Professor of Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College, I was Director of the Retina Service at Wills from 2003-2012. I am Chief Medical Officer and Director of Pharmacoeconomics at the Center for Value-Based Medicine®, a healthcare economic research organization. It has been my privilege to author 11 textbooks and over 580 writings on vitreoretinal diseases and healthcare economics. An investigator for multiple NIH clinical trials, I have had the pleasure of giving over 450 lectures and am a reviewer for 35 peer-reviewed journals. Former President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, the Philadelphia Ophthalmic Club, and the Wills Hospital Society, I was a founder and Co-chief Editor of the Lippincott’s Evidence-Based Ophthalmology. Former Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Physician Healthcare Plan, a PPO/HMO, and co-founder of the Value-Based Medicine concept, I am confident the latter’s patient/physician information systems will enhance U.S. medical care quality and cost-effectiveness. It has been my good fortune to receive the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor, Senior Honor and Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Arnall Patz Medal, Robert Shoemaker Award, and the Paul Craig Award. I have been honored to be in Who’s Who in the World, 1,000 Great Minds of the 21st Century, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine, Who’s Who Among Outstanding Business Executives, Top Ophthalmologists in the US, Philadelphia’s Top Doctors and Castle Connolly’s America’s Best Doctors.

Dr. Brown's Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Ophthalmology: Retinal

Dr. Brown's Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Chief Emeritus and Attending Surgeon, Retina Service,Wills Eye Hospital/Jefferson Medical College
    Philadelphia, PA
    Am in the active, full-time practice of vitreoretinal diseases. Am also the Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Value-Based Medicine, a healthcare economic research and public policy organization. Evidence-Based to Value-Medicine, published by the AMA Press, describes Value-Based Medicine
  • Chief & Attending SurgeonWills Eye Institute
    Associate Surgeon (1981-1990)
  • Courtesy StaffAlbert Einstein Medical Center
    Philadelphia, PA
    Associate Attending Staff, Neurosensory Sciences (1986-Present)
  • ProfessorThomas Jefferson University School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA
    Associate Professor of Ophthalmology (1984-1988); Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology (1981-1984); Faculty, Masters in Public Health Program (2002)
  • Courtesy StaffOur Lady of Lourdes Hospital
    Camden, NJ
  • Board of DirectorsMontgomery County Medical Society
    Board of Directors (1997, 1998)
  • Co-DirectorCenter for Value-Based Medicine
    Co-Founder of the Center for Value-Based Medicine (1998)
  • Director of OutcomesEye Research Institute
    Board of Directors (2006-Present)
  • Partner & SecretaryMid-Atlantic Retina
  • AdvisorIon Therapeutics
  • Adjunct Senior FellowLeonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
  • PresidentRetina Diagnostic & Treatment Associates, LLC
  • PresidentPennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology
    President-Elect (1996-1997)
  • ChairmanWills Eye Institute Medical Staff
    President (1996-1998); Board of Directors (1999-2003)
  • Chairman of the Board & PresidentPennsylvania Physician Healthcare Plan, Inc.
    Harrisburg, PA
  • ChairmanWills Eye Hospital Ex-Residents Society
    Vice-President (1994-1995); President (1996-1998); Board of Directors (1999-2003)
  • PresidentOphthalmic Society of Philadelphia
  • ChairWills Eye (Institute) Hospital, Jefferson Medical College
    Philadelphia, PA
    Co-Director, Retina Vascular Unit (1989-1990); Director, Retina Vascular Unit (1990-2002)
  • Professor of OphthalmologyThomas Jefferson Hospital
    Philadelphia, PA
  • PresidentOphthalmic Club of Philadelphia
    Secretary (1988-1989)
  • Clinical AffiliateThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Assistant SurgeonMedical College of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
  • PartnerRetinovitreous Associates, Inc.
    Vice-president (1981-2007)
  • Assistant SurgeonChestnut Hill Hospital
    Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Brown's Education & Medical Training

  • Saint Josephs University Haub School of BusinessSaint Josephs University Haub School of BusinessOther Training, MBA, Strategic Management
  • Saint Joseph’s UniversitySaint Joseph’s UniversityOther Training, M.B.A., Strategic Management
  • Wills Eye HospitalWills Eye HospitalFellowship, Vitreoretinal diseases
  • Wills Eye HospitalWills Eye HospitalChief Residency, Ophthalmology
  • Wills Eye HospitalWills Eye HospitalResidency, Ophthalmology
  • Grady Health SystemGrady Health SystemResidency, Pediatrics
  • SUNY Hlth Sci Ctr at Syracuse, Coll MedState University of New York Upstate Medical UniversityMedical School
  • Colgate UniversityColgate UniversityOther Training, B.S., Cum Laude

Dr. Brown's Certifications & Licensure

  • TX State Medical LicenseTX State Medical License1997 - 2014
  • NJ State Medical LicenseNJ State Medical License1981 - 2015
  • PA State Medical LicensePA State Medical License1976 - 2014
  • SC State Medical LicenseSC State Medical LicenseActive through 2013
  • American Board of OphthalmologyAmerican Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology

Dr. Brown's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Super Doctors, 5% of Philadelphia Physicians2013
  • Angie’s List Health“A” rating in all categoriesAngie’s List Health, 2010-2013
  • American Biographical Institute1,000 Great Minds of the 21st CenturyAmerican Biographical Institute, 2010
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Dr. Brown's Publications & Presentations

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Journal Articles

  • Update on Value-Based MedicineCBrown MM. Brown GC, Curr Opin Ophthalmol, 5/1/2013
  • Vascular crossing patterns in patients with systemic arterial hypertensionWaisbren E, Salz DA Brown GC, Brown MM, Br J Ophthalmol, 4/13/2013
  • Serous macular detachment in waldenström macroglobulinemia: a report of four casesBaker PS, Garg SJ, Fineman MS, Chiang A, Alshareef RA, Belmont J, Brown GC, Am J Ophthalmol., 1/1/2013
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Dr. Brown's Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Spanish

Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • AmeriHealth Direct POS
  • AmeriHealth Direct POS Value Network
  • Amerihealth HMO
  • AmeriHealth HMO Value Network
  • AmeriHealth PPO
  • AmeriHealth PPO Value Network
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Illinois PPO
  • Capital BC Keystone Health Plan Central HMO
  • Capital Blue Cross PPO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Coventry Carelink Health Plans PPO
  • First Choice
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • HealthAmerica HealthAssurance PPO
  • Highmark BCBS ClassicBlue
  • Highmark BCBS PPOBlue
  • Horizon BCBS Direct Access
  • Horizon BCBS HMO
  • Horizon BCBS POS
  • Horizon BCBS PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • IBC Keystone HMO / POS
  • IBC Personal Choice PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • ODS Network
  • Oxford Health Freedom
  • Oxford Health Liberty
  • PacificSource Preferred PSN
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO

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