Dr. Carl J. Brown


Dr. Carl J. Brown, MD, MSC, FACS, FRCSC

Dr. Carl Brown is a colorectal surgeon and the current Chair of the Section of Colorectal Surgery at the University of British Columbia. He is also the Head of the Division of General Surgery at St. Paul's Hospital.


Dr. Brown completed medical school at McMaster University in 1998.  He completed general surgery training at the University of Calgary in 2003 and subsequently worked as a general surgeon at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary. 

In 2004, he moved to Toronto to train as a subspecialist in Colorectal Surgery.  Concurrent with his fellowship, Dr. Brown completed his master's degree in clinical research at the University of Toronto.

In 2006, Dr. Brown was recruited to St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia.


Dr. Brown's primary clinical interest is the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer. He is the chairman of the Research and Outcomes Evaluation Committee at the British Columbia Cancer Agency and an active member of the Colorectal Cancer Outcomes Unit. He is a member of the Surgical Oncology Network of British Columbia Executive. The goal of these groups is to improve the outcomes of patients with colorectal cancer through research initiatives. 


He is a member of the BC provincial colon check colonoscopy initiative and travels to communities in BC to evaluate colonoscopy skills of surgeons and gastroenterologists. 

Dr. Brown is also an advisor for the Canadian Cancer Society Network of Expert Reviewers and a member of the Health for Humanity medical group, which annually travels to Guatemala to perform surgery for underprivileged citizens. 

He volunteered as a general surgeon on call for the Olympic Athlete’s Village during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2012, Dr. Brown was named one of the “top 40 under 40” in Vancouver by Business in Vancouver magazine.


Dr. Brown has published several studies on surgery for colorectal cancer, the ileal pouch procedure and surgery for Crohn's disease. He has also taught courses in laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery.