Dr. Carl J. Brown

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 Provincial Lead for Surgical Oncology at BC Cancer.  In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the timeliness, safety and quality of surgical care of cancer patients throughout British Columbia.  In 2012, Dr. Brown was named one of the “top 40 under 40” in Vancouver by Business in Vancouver magazine.


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.

Clinical Interest

Dr. Brown's primary clinical interest is the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer.

Further, 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 co-Chaired the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) Committee that developed the Pan Canadian Standards for Rectal Cancer Surgery. 

Community Service

Dr. Brown is 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.


Dr. Brown has published over 100 peer reviewed research papers focused primarily on surgery for colorectal cancer. He has also taught courses in laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery.