Roderick B. Brown, M.D., FAAFP

Native to Mankato, MN, Dr. Brown worked for an ophthalmologist as an optician while attending college and came to discover immense enjoyment in the science of medicine. He saw the positive impact that practicing medicine can create in a patient’s life as well as the challenges involved and knew it was the role for him.

Dr. Brown came to the Glenwood community in 1984 and fell in love with the rural setting as an ideal place to provide medical care as well as to live and raise a family. He and his wife Renae had traveled the Midwest before setting their eyes on Glenwood and knew there was no other place like it. His philosophy in medicine, training, and abilities fit well within Glacial Ridge Health System’s setting. He was warmly welcomed and able to offer a variety of new skills and areas of practice to the hospital.

Dr. Brown received his bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University. He decided to join the medical profession and received further training at the University of Minnesota Medical School, both in Duluth and Minneapolis. He completed his residency and surgical fellowship at the University of Minnesota before joining GRHS. Dr. Brown helps to educate and train his peers and patients on modern solutions and practices.

Laparoscopic surgery has been a strong focus of Dr. Brown’s and he has made significant contributions to the field of medical technology. He is the inventor and patent holder of the Rebound Hernia Repair Device® (HRD). With this invention, Dr. Brown has given a great number of presentations on the capabilities and uses of this device. He contracted with Minnesota Medical Development, Inc. (MMDI) in Plymouth, MN to engineer, manufacture, and market the product worldwide. It was the first FDA approved Hernia Repair Device for laparoscopic surgery and has been highly adopted by physicians and surgeons worldwide who trial the device. Dr. Brown calls himself an “imagineer” and is always looking for new ideas for use in the medical field.

When not immersed in family practice, medical inventions, and new ideas, Dr. Brown enjoys both water and downhill skiing, motorcycling, and hunting upland birds with his Large Munsterlanders. Dr. Brown’s children were inspired to join the medical community; his son is a plastic surgeon in Florida and his daughter is a dentist in Glenwood.