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Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration of Injectable Medications for Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortisone Injections
  • C-Reactive Protein Testing
  • Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • General Rheumatology
  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Immunoglobulin Infusion
  • Immunotherapy
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Infusions of Biologic Agents on Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Medical Management of Early Osteoarthritis
  • Medication Management
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Treatment for Joint Pain
  • Osteoporosis Diagnosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • AIDS
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Autoinflammatory Syndromes
  • Behcet's Disease
  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Buerger's Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Calcinosis
  • Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis (Pseudo Gout)
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA)
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF)
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • HIV
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Immunosuppression
  • Iritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Lupus
  • Lupus Anticoagulant
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hips in the Elderly
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knees in the Elderly
  • Paget's Disease
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Panuveitis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica with Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vasculitis
View all 89 Specialties +


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About Adam Brown, MD

Adam Brown, MD is a staff member of Cleveland Clinic’s department of rheumatic and immunologic diseases. Dr. Brown is board-certified in both rheumatology and internal medicine and did additional specialty training in vasculitis. He has an interest in general rheumatology as well as a special interest in vasculitis, susac syndrome and autoimmune inner ear disease.

Dr. Brown is involved with teaching trainees about the field of rheumatology. He is the author of the book Rheumatology Made Ridiculously Simple which is a textbook designed to teach medical students and residents about the field of rheumatology. Dr. Brown also hosts a podcast entitled Rheuminations which is heard around the globe and discusses rare diseases, interviews other experts in the field and focuses on the history of rheumatology.

Dr. Brown is originally from New Mexico where he did his medical school at the University of New Mexico, then went on to Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. to do his internal medicine residency, then he did his specialty training in rheumatology and vasculitis at the Cleveland Clinic.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Georgetown University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Washington, DC USA

Medical Education - University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM USA

Undergraduate - New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM USA


  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 7/31/2023, Dr. Brown has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Brown receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Amgen, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

198 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

48 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024

Excellent doctor. I have recommended him more than once

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Best experience I've ever had. Dr. Brown was so validating and informative. I can't thank him enough for all of his help and understanding. Typically when I see doctors im the one that has to do most of the explaining but he Knew exactly what I deal with on a day to day basis and im so incredibly grateful. I don't have enough positive words, this man was truly an angel to me and I can't wait to continue my care with him.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2024

So grateful to Dr Brown that he went above and beyond to help me get assistance with a medication problem I was having.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Dr. Brown was both courteous and highly knowledgeable in his field. He suspected I had a rare autoimmune disease called Systemic Scleroderma. He tested me for several autoimmune diseases and I tested positive for Systemic Scleroderma. I have suffered for years and now I have an answer. His diagnosis and care has been extraordinary and professional! I cannot Thank Dr. A Brown enough for his care.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr. Brown did a wonderful job of listening to me and answering my questions even though my Zoom platform was not working well. When I logged into the Zoom portal it went through an update which affected my ability to communicate properly. He stuck with me so that I could hear him and get his advice.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr. Brown has really worked with me to help with my auto immune hearing disease. He even responds to questions on My Chart

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr. Brown was very nice and described a couple options for my condition.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr. Brown is incredible. In some instances it was like he took the words out of my mouth when explaining experiences of people with Ehler's Danlos. I had so many questions, but all I could do was listen and cry, partially because after 36 years of illness I was finally being validated.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr Brown is a phenomenal care provider. Great listener. Compassionate. Really works hard to get to the root cause & ensure I leave feeling respected & cared for

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Dr. Brown doesn't make me feel like he rushes my appointment. He takes the time to talk and explain so he understands. He seems to genuinely care about me as a patient.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

This was my first appointment with dr. Brown, and it was fantastic. He took a great amount of time with me to learn more about my position and goals.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Cleveland clinic makes it so easy to have my appointment, they are always on time and efficient. They are courteous of my time, and I always feel well taken care of by their welcome staff and providers.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr Brown is fantastic! He listens, gives thoughtful answers and always presents options with the benefits and potential side effects.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr. Brown is a consummate professional.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2023

Dr Brown is an excellent doctor, he makes me feel like I'm very important to him. I respect him as a person and as a physician. I trust him, I can't say the same about my local doctors.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Great Doctor. Very knowledgble and Empathtic

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

I really like these virtual visits with Dr. Brown. He is a very good doctor and really tries helping me without having to go to the main campus.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Dr Brown is an amazing doctor and is very knowledgeable. He really listens to my questions or concerns, and takes the time to come up with a plan in controlling my disease. He is a very kind and caring doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

My office visit with Dr Brown went very smoothly. He had some positive suggestions and changes for my plan of care and was an active listener through the visit. He seems as though he truly cares about his patients. Thank you for a great visit!

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr. Brown is the best care care provider I have ever encountered.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

The code for the virtual appointment was not provided because I did not complete the pre-visit questionnaire. Therefore I could not attend the appointment. I very much appreciate Dr. Brown taking his time later in the day to contact me.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

I really like Dr. Brown. I always feel that he takes his time with me, I never feel rushed. He answers all my questions and seems genuinely concerned for how well I am doing.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

I don't think it was the doctors fault- but this was not a good a good experience.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr Brown is very caring and through with is examination. He listens and is very concerned about me, as his patient.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr. Brown is an outstanding Doctor. He is kind and patient. Most of all he knows his profession. I can't thank him enough!

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr. Brown is amazing and took the time to answer all of my questions and address all of my concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Dr Brown is the best!

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Dr. Brown was great. Addressed my issues, explained my medications and showed a genuine concern for me.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2023

Dr. Adam Brown is an outstanding Rheumatologist. He is very knowledgeable, courteous, caring and professional. Could not have asked more from my doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

I originally had an appt with Dr Villa Forte but she had to cancel last minute. I had driven all the way from indiana. Took off work and got a hotel. The scheduling staff worked hard to get me in. I had to stay an extra night but it was with it because Dr Brown was e celebrate and who I was meant to see I believe wholeheartedly!!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr Brown really listened to my concerns. He was very thorough and gave me a hopeful course of action!

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Dr. Brown is one of the most compassionate, professional and caring doctor I have had in my life....and I have seen a lot of doctors!

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023


Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Dr Brown is always concerned and listens to my concerns. He is an amazingly smart doctor and is always up to date on my issues. He is always prepared when I visit and makes me feel as if I am his only patient.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Dr Brown is the most caring dr I've ever seen I appreciate him for understanding listening and caring

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Dr. Brown was understanding and kind. He showed concern and knowledge of the low quality of life I have been stuck living at a young age due this syndrome before I even described anything to him. I appreciated that he truly grasped where I am physically, mentally, and emotionally due to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I appreciated his relaxed attitude and posture during our discussion and how he allowed me to ask some questions more than once for clarity. 10/10 recommend.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Totally pleased with Dr. Brown.

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Have and continue to recommend! He's phenomenal!

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

This is a nice way to visit with Dr. Brown and was very easy to set up

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

Dr. Brown is a very helpful doctor and guided me as what I should do to treat my issue

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Dr Brown is one of the nicest and most thorough physicians I have ever seen!!! I would give him an AAA Plus!!

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

We drive 6 hours to see Dr. Brown. He is a very caring doctor.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Dr. Brown is the best. He's on top of the latest research and handles each person as an individual and always has time to answer all of my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Dr. Brown was AMAZING! He finally gave me answers & a diagnosis that I have been looking for for over 30+ years! He has a wonderful bedside manner and explains everything so well in a way everyone can understand

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Great experience with Dr. Brown, he is incredibly pleasant every visit!

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

He has the best description of hEDS Ive heard but he's very negative about possible help with treatment as he said braces and lifestyle changes were all he could suggest I've found more on my own for the pain

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

Dr. Brown is the best.

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