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

  • C-Reactive Protein Testing
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Autoinflammatory Syndromes
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • Lupus
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Vasculitis
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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
  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 6/19/2019, 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.

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Brown has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:


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

287 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

51 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

Dr Brown is first-class. I have a lot of confidence in him and enjoy our visits.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Dr. Adam Brown DAR exceeded my expectations. he was easy to talk to, seemed to have all the time in the world to listen and answer my questions, and was extremely thorough. what a wonderful appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Dr. Brown is very compassionate and good at his job

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

I'm so happy Dr Brown is my Rheumatologist Doctor. He's a very good Doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

I would like to see him more often but like any specialist hard to get into. This is my 2nd visit with Dr. Brown

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

Dr. Brown unlike other rhumatoid drs I have had in the past explained why he was ordering certain tests and that it was because my medication runs a high risk of leaving me open to getting infections. Doctors in the past have orded the same tests he did but not explained so in depth why. I leave feeling well informed.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Dr Brown is awesome! A+

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr. Brown is amazaing. So compassionate. He listens and always explains things~ he always assures that the plan forward is OK with me and that I understand.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Dr. Brown is an excellent clinician. He cares for his patients well being and strives to ease their pain and concerns. I am so thankful I found Dr Brown.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Dr Brown listens to ideas, wants and need we have with my issues

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Dr brown listens to me and is very respectful...great doctor!

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

dr. Brown is a fantastic doctor. he is caring, concerned and fun. I feel that I can talk to him freely and easily. it is great to talk to a doctor that listens and who has a great sense of humor and who understands me and acknowledges how I feel.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

Yes, I definitely do recommend Dr Brown. I'm very thankful for the quality care I've received at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

Dr. Brown is extraordinarily kind and competent.

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

Dr. Brown is a truly wonderful doctor

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

Dr Brown and his staff are always respectful and take time to listen to me and my needs.

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

Dr. Brown always takes the time to listen to me and treats me like I'm his only patient. I never feel rushed. He's knowledgeable on my history and that makes me feel like he took time to actually read my chart before seeing me. It's nice to not have to take the time to "start over" every appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr. Brown is very professional. He is knowledgeable, respectful, and kind. He explained my diagnosis and presented me with options which he fully explained.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

I am consistently impressed with the care, efficiency, and professionalism of this office and Dr. Brown

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dr Brown is a very personable Dr. I have never had a Dr that has been so supportive and kind. He actually made me feel like he cares about me. He shows more interest, care and concern than many Drs I have been treated by.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Brown to friends and family. Dr. Brown listens and cares about everything I say. I would not be where I am today without Dr. Brown. He has made my life have quality again.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

Dr. Brown genuinely cares about my issue i have had for almost a year now.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

Doc Brown was phenomenal. Spoke with a lot of confidence with my condition and treatment plan and laid out expectations.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

I like to credit Dr. Brown for putting a face or name to why I've been having these enlarged benign lymph nodes and parotid gland after all these years-IGG4 disease... this disease was allegedly the reason for this autoimmune pancreatitis diagnosis in 2015. Thank you again Dr. Brown!

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2019

Dr. Brown cares for you and takes his time with you.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

Dr.Brown explains medical info very well!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

My appointment was a great experience. Dr. Brown is awesome! Spending 2hours in total for a comprehensive visit with Dr. Brown, x-rays, and bloodwork was refreshing.In addition, all of my results were posted within an hour, it was a great experience!

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr. Brown aims to treat the entire person, not just the disease. He is caring and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2019

my initial apt. w/Dr. Adam Brown was so much more than I could have hoped for. my rheumatologist of 15+ yrs. retired and I had to start the devastating processing of finding a new one. Dr. Brown's treatment style and personality are very similar to my previous rheumy. He takes the time to listen, he is compassionate and simpathetic to your concerns and needs as a patient. A huge weight has been lifted now that I know I am in good hands again! Thank you, Dr. Brown.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

Dr. Adam Brown is a compassionate, caring and extremely competent physician.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

dr. Brown is very compassionate

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019

Dr Brown is a good listener and is very thorough.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr. Brown is knowledgable, compassionate, empathetic, & one of the best doctors I have been to.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

Dr Brown was very informative about my health. It was easy to talk to him!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Dr. Brown is respectful and treats me with compassion. I appreciate it.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

Dr Brown has been such a blessing to me. He has been so helpful as I started treatment for my RA. He listens to my concerns and works with me to find the best treatment options. It is rare in today's medical world to find a provider who actually listens; I hit the doctor jackpot when I was paired with Dr Brown.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

had to wait 4 months to be able to see the Dr. Kept calling to see if there was a cancellation, but it didn't happen

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

I have never had any problems with Dr. Browns office, hence the reason i am still seeing him.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2018

Dr. Brown is the best! He always listens to my concerns and explains everything. Office staff always friendly and cheerful.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2018

Dr. Brown is very kind and caring. He took the time to listen to my concerns. His exam was thorough and was able to give an accurate diagnosis.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2018

Dr. Brown allowed me to participate in the treatment decision process.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018

very good experience. Dr. was very thorough and thoughtful.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018

This was my first appointment with Dr. Brown as my primary rheumatologist. My previous rheumatologist, Dr. Desai, is out on medical leave. I found him to be very thorough in going over my current care regimen and open to my concerns!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018

My principal residence is in Florida. I came to the Cleveland Clinic to seek better care than is available in Florida. I learned more about my condition in a matter of minutes with Dr. Brown than I have learned from local doctors in many years. He saw things that no one has seen before. He likely saved my life by finding potentially life threatening conditions. He called me after the appointment to see how the process was going. Dr. Brown's knowledge, manner and concern has been such that the Clinic will now be the only place I seek for care, regardless of where I live. I have referred many people to the Clinic over the years and will continue to do so. I am appreciative beyond words for the care of the Clinic and, especially, that of Dr. Brown.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

Dr. Brown includes me in planning, offers me choices and answers my questions.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018

Dr. Brown takes the time to listen and address all my questions and concerns. i travel 3 hours away from home because, he treats the entire person, not just, the disease. His secretary, Brenda, is nothing short of extraordinary. She helpful, knowledgeable, kind, and went above and beyond to ensure all the paperwork was in order with my insurance company.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2018

I Appreciated Dr. Brown's gentle spirit and determination to help me find a diagnosis.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2018

Dr.Brown is through in his diagnostic techniques. I have a condition that may last my lifetime that came out of no where. He is consoling me through this difficult time of acceptance. We move on.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2018

Dr. brown is always prompt.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

Doctor Brown definitely cares about how I feel, and allows me to participate in decisions regarding my disease, which I greatly appreciate. I have never felt talked down to.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

Very impressed with Dr Brown.

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