Amy Caruso Brown

Upstate New York

Amy "inherited" the blog To Gyre and Gambol after the founding author, her father Thom Brown, passed away in 2014. She attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate and later received a medical degree from Emory University and master's degrees in medical anthropology from Oxford University and in clinical research from the University of Colorado. She trained as a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and at the University of Colorado, and as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Children's Hospital Colorado. She has lived in six countries and speaks five languages badly (plus Latin, courtesy of her dad). After five years living (and skiing, hiking, climbing and rowing, and sometimes missing HUMIDITY and GREEN) in Denver, she is now an assistant professor of pediatrics, bioethics and humanities in upstate New York. She lives in the house that Thom built.

Amy's academic interests include the impact of social media on healthcare, provider-family communication and medical decision making, and provision of pediatric cancer treatment and palliative care in resource-limited settings. She also teaches ethics, advocacy and social responsibility to medical students. She is passionate about the importance of protecting the environment to improve human health and promoting girls' education as a means to improve child health and end violence against women and children. In her spare time, when she isn't feeling guilty about not having saved the world yet, she is an aspiring novelist, a mediocre pianist, and a talented but lazy chef.

  • Work
    • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Education
    • University of Virginia
    • Emory University