E. Richard Brown

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E. Richard Brown, PhD, "is the director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; he is also a professor in the Department of Health Services and the Department of Community Health Sciences in the UCLA School of Public Health. Brown founded the Center in 1994. It has since become one of the nation's leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information and analysis on California's population. The Center conducts research on a wide range of health issues and provides extensive public service to policy makers, advocates and the media.

"Brown's research and publications focus on health insurance coverage, the lack of coverage and the effects on access of public policies and economic and market conditions. His work and other studies by the Center's researchers have been used by California's governors, legislative leaders and advocates in crafting health care legislation, policies and programs.

"Brown is the principal investigator for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation's largest state health survey. CHIS provides statewide and local-level estimates for California's diverse population and covers a broad range of health topics, including health status and conditions, health disparities, health insurance and access to health care.

"Brown also has been extensively involved in the analysis and development of public policies, with particular emphasis on national health care reform. He has served as a senior health policy advisor to the Barack Obama for President Campaign, as health policy advisor to three members of the United States Senate and as a full-time senior consultant to President Clinton's Task Force on National Health Care Reform. Brown is a past president of the American Public Health Association. He received his PhD in sociology of education from the University of California, Berkeley." [1]

His wife is Marianne Parker Brown.


  • E. Richard Brown, Rockefeller Medicine Men: Medicine and Capitalism in America (University of California Press, 1981). Text

In the acknowledgements of this book he notes: “I am especially grateful to Howard Waitzkin, William Kornhauser, Barbara Ehrenreich, Gert Brieger, and Michael Pincus, all of whom have me detailed and thoughtful criticisms on major potions of the manuscript together with great encouragement. I also received helpful criticism and support from Anne Johnson, Jon Garfield, Charlene Harrington, Barbara Waterman, James O'Connor, Dan Feshbach, Ivan Illich, David Horowitz, June Fisher, Kathryn Johnson, Jack London, Jane Grant, Tom Bodenheimer, Sara McIntire, Joe Selbym, Larry Sirott, and Myrna Cozen. Howard Berliner has been an exceptional colleague, sharing ideas and material in a cooperative effort to understand these sparsely studies issues.” (p.xix)


  • Essay review of E. Richard Brown, Rockefeller Medicine Men (1979), Judith W. Leavitt and Ronald L. Numbers, eds., Sickness and Health in America (1978), and Susan Reverby and David Rosner, eds., Health Care in America (1979). Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 54 : 131-134
  • Ronald L. Numbers, Book Review, The American Historical Review, Vol. 85, No. 3 (Jun., 1980), pp. 727-728.
  • Ronald Numbers, “The History of American Medicine: A Field in Ferment,” Reviews in American History, 10, 1982, pp.245-63.
  • Lloyd G. Stevenson, “A Second Opinion,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 54, 1980, pp.134-40.
  • Review by (cf. Howard S, Berliner, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 54, 1980, 131-134).
  • Review by Harold Y. Vanderpool Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Volume 2, Number 3 / October, 1981.
  • Saul Benison, "Ideology uber dies: An Essay Review"
  • Peter Seybold, Rockefeller Medicine Men: Review, Critical Sociology, Vol. 10, No. 3, 125-127 (1981).
  • Paul Starr, The Social Transformations of American Medicine (Basic Books, 1982), pp. 227-29. (Critique)

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  1. E. Richard Brown, UCLA, accessed September 21, 2009.