Spencer A. Brown, PhD

Professor of Plastic Surgery
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Fax: 412-864-2673

University Center, Suite 225

120 Lytton Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213, 


Dr. Spencer A. Brown is currently the Executive director for CIRM. His role is to design, develop and implement strategic plans for implementing new technology platforms into clinical translation as well as being responsible for the day-to-day operation of CIRM.

Dr. Brown completed his undergraduate studies at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA and earned his PhD in Lipid Metabolism from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his post doctoral in  Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He received Pre and Post-doctoral training grants in Cardiovascular Research from NIH.
Dr. Brown’s distinguished career cover spans three decades starting as Research Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine with Dr. Antonio Gotto and Dr. Wolfgang Patsch in Houston, TX followed by Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Medicine and then Assistant Professor at the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition Center all at Duke University Medical Center. While in North Carolina, Dr. Brown was the Founder of Zen-Bio Inc., a biotech company spealizing in the adipose tissue and fat stem cells. Prior to joining Pitt he was Assistant Research Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.  He had the honor of serving as President Elect of the International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics and Science Society (IFAT) in 2010.


Brown SA, Levi B, Lequex C, Wong VW, Mojallal A, Longaker MT. Basic science review on adipose tissue for clinicians. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Dec; 126(6):1936-46. PubMed PMID: 21124133. | View Abstract »

Lequeux C, Damour O, Brown SA.  Adipose derived Stem Cells: efficiency, toxicity, stability of  BrdU labeling and  effects on self renewal and adipose differentiation.  Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. 2011 May; 351(1-2):65-75. PubMed PMID: 21246262. | View Abstract »

Marques M, Brown SA, Oliveira I, Cordeiro N, Pereira PR, Cobrado L, Helguera AM, Lima N, Luis A, Mendanha M, Rodrigues AG, Amarante J.   Effects of fibrin, thrombin and blood on breast capsule formation in a pre-clinical model.  Aesthe Surg. J. 2011 Mar; 31; 302-309. PubMed PMID: 21385741. | View Abstract »

Mojallal A, Ouyang D, Saint-Cyr M, Bui N, Brown SA, Rohrich RJ. Dorsal aesthetic lines in rhioplasty: a quantitative outcome-based assessment of the component dorsal reduction technique. Plastic & amp; Reconstructive Surgery. 2011 Jul; 128(1):280-8. PubMed PMID: 21701345. | View Abstract »

Brown SA, Rohrich RJ, Baumann L, Brandt FS, Fagien S, Glazer S, Kenkel JM, Lowe NJ, Monheit GD, Narins RS, Rendon MI, Werscheler WP.  Subjects global evaluation and subject satisfaction using injectable poly-L-lactic acid versus human collagen for the correction of nasolabial fold wrinkles. Plastic & amp; Reconstructive Surgery. 2011 Apr; 127(4):1684-92. PubMed PMID: 21460676. | View Abstract »

Gir P., Brown SA, Oni G, Kashefi N, Mojallal A, Rohrich RJ. Fat grafting: evidence-based review on autologous fat harvesting, processing, reinjection, and storage. [Review] Plastic & amp; Reconstructive Surgery. 2012 Jul; 130(1):249-58. PubMed PMID: 22743888 | View Abstract »

Gir P., Oni G, Brown SA, Mojallal A, Rohrich RJ.  Human adipose stem cells: current clinical applications. [Review] Plastic & amp; Reconstructive Surgery. 2012 Jun; 129(6):1277-90. PubMed PMID: 22634645. | View Abstract »

Brown SA. Developing business opportunities from concept to end point for craniofacial surgeons. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2012 Jan; 23(1)298-300. PubMed PMID: 22337429. | View Abstract »

Oni G, Robbins D, Bailey S, Brown SA, Kenkel JM. An in vivo histopathological comparison of single and double pulsed modes of a fractionated CO(2) laser. Lasers in Surgery & amp; Medicine. 2012 Jan; 44(1):4-10. PubMed PMID: 22246982. | View Abstract »

Marques M, Brown SA,  Cordeiro N, Pereira PR, Rodrigues AG.   Cobrado L, Amamrta, J. The impact of triamcilone-acetonide in early breast capsule formation. Aesthe Surg. J. 2012 (accepted on line). PubMed PMID:

Saint-Cyr M, Rojas K, Colohan S, Brown S. The role of fat grafting, in reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery: a review of the literature. J Reconstructive Microsurgery. 2012 Feb; 28(2)99-110. PubMed PMID: 21928171 | View Abstract »

Oni G, Brown S, Kenkel J. Comparison of five commonly-available, lidocaine-containing topical anesthetics and their effect on serum levels of lidocaine and its metabolite monoethylglycinexylidide (MEGX).  Aesthe Surg J. 2012 May 1. 32(4):495-503. PubMed PMID: 9707469 | View Abstract »

Research Lab Affiliation

Lab Role

Executive Director