Henry Ford Veteran Doctor Kimberly A. Brown to Help Lead Transplant Institute

March 28, 2017


DETROIT Henry Ford 22-year veteran Kimberly A. Brown, M.D., will help lead the Henry Ford Transplant Institute in the newly created position of Associate Director.


"Our patients have always driven everything I do," says Dr. Brown. "I welcome the opportunity to continue to work on their behalf, helping to lead the hard-working, pioneering staff of the Henry Ford Transplant Institute.”


The appointment, effective in January, was announced by Henry Ford Transplant Institute (HFTI) Medical Director and renowned liver transplant surgeon Marwan Abouljoud, M.D.


“Dr. Brown embodies the principles of leadership and service that we all strive for,” says Dr. Abouljoud. “She leads with focus, poise and amazing energy that is engaging and contagious.  She is visionary and is always looking ahead and supporting great strategic initiatives.”


Dr. Brown joined the Henry Ford Medical Group in January 1995 as Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program. She will continue in her current position as Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, which she was appointed to in 2003. In her new capacity, Dr. Brown will also direct Outreach Operations and Telehealth Strategies for HFTI and will be the Chief of the Medical Section within HFTI.


Also meeting with Henry Ford patients regularly, Dr. Brown’s treatment specialty is managing those with complex liver disease, both before and after liver transplantation.


“Henry Ford Health System is stronger and more advanced — medically, professionally and culturally — due to the diligence and expertise of Dr. Brown,” says William Conway, M.D., CEO, Henry Ford Medical Group. “We are proud of her dedication to our patients and the mission of the hospital system and look forward to her future accomplishments.”


During her 22-year tenure, Dr. Brown has helped develop a nationally recognized program and the leading liver transplant center in the State of Michigan.  As fellowship director from 2003 to 2008, she managed a fellowship program of 16 GI/Liver fellows and continues to be involved in structuring and monitoring their education and academic success.  Dr. Brown has trained over 100 fellows in advanced hepatology and transplantation.  She has published over 70 articles, 110 abstracts and eight book chapters/reviews and is a very active clinical investigator in viral hepatitis, advanced liver disease and post liver transplant management.


Dr. Brown has also played major roles nationally in most organizations relevant to her practice and academic medicine. She is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA), the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society of Transplantation (AST).  She was past co-chair of the Michigan Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. She was a founding Board Member for the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Liver Transplantation and Advanced Hepatology Board.  She is also a past treasurer and board member of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and is involved in several committees.


She has served as a member of Liver and Intestine Committee for the the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the non-profit organization that oversees the distribution of date management for organ donations in the United States.  She is an associate editor for “Clinical Liver Disease” (CLD) journal and the “American Journal of Transplantation” (AJT). Currently, Dr. Brown is the Secretary for the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) and serves on multiple committees in that capacity.


Dr. Brown is one of the vital leaders of the Henry Ford Medical Group, the organization of 1,237 doctors serving Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She’s served on the Board of Governors of the Henry Ford Medical Group for nine years, as well as on the Henry Ford Hospital and System Network Board.


“I look forward to yet another phase of terrific accomplishments for the Henry Ford Transplant Institute and Henry Ford Health System with Dr. Brown’s contributions,” says Dr. Abouljoud.



Tammy Battaglia