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Randy Brown

Randy Brown

Director, Center for Addictive Distorders; Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin



Research Interests

Dr. Brown's primary interests revolve around the treatment and prevention of substance use disorders and their complications in settings outside of the specialist treatment environment (such as primary care, hospitals, pharmacies, and criminal justice settings). He enjoys patient care, teaching, and conducting research in these areas. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and in Addiction Medicine.


After family medicine residency, Dr. Brown served as faculty at the Stanislaus County Family Practice Residency where he was also Medical Director of Stanislaus County’s methadone treatment facility. Dr. Brown came to Madison in 2001 to participate in the NIH/NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship, with focus on addiction health services research, and he attained a PhD in UW’s Dept of Population Health Sciences in 2009. His current research includes investigations in opioid misuse prevention, mobile technology to support recovery, promotion of medication prescribing for alcohol use disorders in primary care, and potential therapeutic applications of psilocybin.

He serves as a consulting physician in addiction medicine at UW Hospital (where he is the Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders), William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, the UWHC HIV/AIDS Clinic, and at Access Community Health Centers. He is a certified prescriber of buprenorphine as adjunctive treatment for opioid dependence. Dr. Brown is also the Founding Director of the UW Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program, the Director of the UW SMPH fourth year Clinical Addiction Elective, and the Medical Director of the Overdose Prevention Program of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

He is a Director of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the Addiction Medicine Foundation; and the President Elect of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Directors’ Association.


  • 2012-2016 Voted Top Addiction Treatment MD in Madison, Wisconsin by Physician Peers, Madison Magazine’s Top Doctors
  • 2015 Distinguished Service Award, Dane County Public Health Department; Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2012 Hansen Lectureship, Outstanding Junior Faculty Member, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Family Medicine; Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2012 Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • 2011 Young Investigator Award, American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • 2011 National Institute on Drug Abuse Young Investigator Award, Travel Fellowship – Addiction Health Services Research Conference; Fairfax, Virginia
  • 2011 Health Equity Leadership Institute Scholar
  • 2010 University of Wisconsin, Vilas Cycle Professorship

Selected Publications

  • Quanbeck A, Brown RT, E Zgierska A, A Johnson R, Robinson JM, et al. Systems consultation: protocol for a novel implementation strategy designed to promote evidence-based practice in primary care. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2016 Jan 27;14(1):8.
  • Quanbeck A, Gustafson D, Marsch L, McTavish F, Brown RT, Mares M, Johnson R, Glass J, Atwood A, McDowell H. Integrating addiction treatment into primary care using mobile health technology: Protocol for an implementation research study. Implementation Science. 2014; 9: 65-76.
  • Brown RT, Gassman M, Hetzel S, Berger L. Community-based treatment for opioid dependent offenders: a pilot study. American Journal on Addictions. 2013; 22:500–502.
  • Brown RT. Drug court effectiveness: a matched cohort study in the Dane County drug treatment court. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 2011; 50(4):191-201.
  • Brown RT. Systematic review of the impact of adult drug treatment courts. Translational Research. 2010; 155(6):263-274.