Naomi Brown, MD, FAAP, CAQSM

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Naomi J. Brown, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, is a pediatric sports medicine specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with a focus on sports injury prevention, overuse injuries and pain management.

Areas of Expertise: Dance medicine, Hypermobility, Injury prevention, Pediatric injuries, Pediatric sports medicine, Repetitive strain injuries, Skiing and snowboarding injuries, Sports injuries, Ultrasound guided injections
Locations: Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care; Specialty Care, Abington; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County

Appointments, Referrals and Video Visits: 215-590-1527


Naomi Brown, MD, is a pediatric sports medicine specialist, Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine, and a graduate of Tufts University and Tufts University School of Medicine, both in Boston, MA. She completed her pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), followed by a specialized fellowship in sports medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Before joining CHOP’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2013, Dr. Brown worked in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE. It was there she discovered her interest in sports medicine and pursued further training at Boston Children’s in the care sports medicine.

In Boston, Dr. Brown worked with athletes of all ages and backgrounds, including professional dancers and collegiate athletes. She treated athletes during high school and Division I games, as well as in athletic training rooms and at community events.

Today, Dr. Brown works at CHOP’s Philadelphia Campus and CHOP Care Network locations in Abington, PA and Chalfont, PA. She has specialized training in the use of ultrasound medicine in the office setting, which can be a useful adjunct to diagnose and treat acute and chronic injuries. She is a clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is very involved with both CHOP and Penn’s Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship programs, and is responsible for training those fellows as well as CHOP’s pediatric residents and medical students in sports medicine.

“I enjoy taking care of patients with sports-related injuries,” she says. “My specific interests include sports injury prevention, overuse injuries, bone stress injuries, pain management,  hypermobility, and general non-operative orthopaedic conditions.”

Dr. Brown is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and has her certificate in added qualifications in sports medicine (CAQSM).  She is active in orthopaedic and sports medicine research, and has written and presented numerous papers about her research. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness as well as Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Brown also reviews articles for several journals including The Journal of Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Care. She lectures extensively on a variety of sports injuries, including dance injuries, overuse injuries, hypermobility and the athlete and concussion.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA


Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatrics - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Primary Care Sports Medicine - Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Board Certification

Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics
Sports Medicine – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist

Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Preceptor

Primary Care Sports Medicine Preceptor

Sports Medicine IEU Director

PCR Resident Specialist for Sports Medicine

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services




Mehta S, Zheng E, Heyworth BE, Rizzone K, Halstead M, Brown N, Stinson Z, Nussbaum ED, Gray A, Segovia N, Kraus E. Tarsal Navicular Bone Stress Injuries: A Multicenter Case Series Investigating Clinical Presentation, Diagnostic Approach, Treatment, and Return to Sport in Adolescent Athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2023;51(8):2161-2168. doi:10.1177/03635465231170399


Storey EP, Master SR, Brown NJ, et al. Sport Specialization and Exposure in a Tertiary Concussion Program. Orthop J of Sports Med. 2022 May 13;10(5 suppl2):232596712S00537. doi:10.1177/2325967121S00537. PMCID: PMC9118906

Mehta S, Zheng E, Segovia N, Rizzone K, Halstead M, Bohon T, Brown N, Stinson Z, Nussbaum E, Gray A, Kraus E, Heyworth B. Paper 95: Adolescent Tarsal Navicular Bone Stress Injuries: A Multicenter Retrospective Analysis of 110 Patients. Orthop J Sports Med. 2022 Jul 28;10(7 suppl5):2325967121S00658. doi: 10.1177/2325967121S00658. PMCID: PMC9339867.

Kraus E, Rizzone K, Walker M, Brown N, Kaur J, Magrini D, Glover J, Nussbaum E. Stress Injuries of the Knee. Clin Sports Med. 2022 Oct;41(4):707-727. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2022.05.008. PMID: 36210167.


Stracciolini A, Boucher L, Jackson S, Brown N, et al. Feasibility and Reliability of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Measurement of the Medial Patellofemoral Ligament. Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Apr 30;8(4 suppl3):2325967120S00185. doi: 10.1177/2325967120S00185. PMCID: PMC7219007.


Magrini D, Nussbaum E, Rizzone KH & Brown NJ. Femoral Neck Bone Stress Injuries in Pediatrics and Adolescents: Diagnosis, Etiology, and Treatment. JPOSNA. 2021;3(4). Retrieved from

Magrini D, Brown N, Nussbaum E. Femoral Neck Bone Stress Injuries in Children and Adolescent: A Literature Review and Meta-analysis. Orthop J Sports Med. 2021;9(7suppl3):2325967121S00088. doi:10.1177/2325967121S00088

Greenberg E, Rotunno N, Brown N. Reliability of Novel Ultrasound Measurement for Determining Patella Position. Orthop J Sports Med. 2021;9(7suppl3):2325967121S00088. Published 2021 Jul 14. doi:10.1177/2325967121S00028

Leddy JJ, Master CL, Mannix R, Wiebe DJ, Grady MF, Meehan WP, Storey EP, Vernau BT, Brown NJ, Hunt D, Mohammed F, Mallon A, Rownd K, Arbogast KB, Cunningham A, Haider MN, Mayer AR, Willer BS. Early targeted heart rate aerobic exercise versus placebo stretching for sport-related concussion in adolescents: a randomised controlled trial [published online ahead of print, 2021 Sep 30]. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2021; S2352-4642(21)00267-4. doi:10.1016/S2352-4642(21)00267-4


Brown NJ, Mannix RC, O’Brien MJ, Gostine D, Collins MW, Meehan WP 3rd. Effect of cognitive activity level on duration of post-concussion symptoms. Pediatrics. 2014 Feb;133(2):e299-304. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-2125. Epub 2014 Jan 6.


Marin, JR, Dean AJ, Bilker WB, Panebianco NL, Brown N, Alpern ER. Emergency ultrasound-assisted examination of skin and soft tissue infections in the pediatric emergency department. Acad Emerg Medicine. 2013 June; 20(6):545-53.


Cassidy-Smith T, Mistry RD, Russo CJ, McCans K, Brown N, Capano-Wehrle L, Drago LA, Vitale PA, Baumann BM. Topical Anesthetic Cream is associated with spontaneous cutaneous abscess drainage in children. Am J Emerg Med. 2012 Jan; 30(1):104-109.


Baumann BM, Russo CJ, Pavlik D, Cassidy-Smith T, Brown N, Sacchetti A, Capano-Wehrle LM, Mistry RD. Management Of Pediatric Skin Abscesses In Pediatric, General Academic and Community Emergency Departments. Western J Emerg Med. 2011 May; 12(2):159-167. 



Brown NJ, Master CL and Meehan WP. Physical Examination for the Concussed Child. In: Noonan K and Kocher M. Pediatric and Adolescent Musculoskeletal Disorders: A media-enhanced guide for diagnosis and next steps. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, October 2020.


Brown NJ, Ackerman KE. Metabolic Spinal Disorders in the Young Athlete. In: Micheli LJ et al (eds). Spinal Injuries and Conditions in Young Athletes. Springer, Philadelphia, 2014. 

Brown NJ, Corrado G. Exercise Physiology. In: Micheli et aI, eds. The Micheli Center for Injury Prevention Manual. Boston, 2014.


Brown NJ, Weiss PF. Juvenile Dermatomyositis. In: Ludwig S, Aronson P, Florin T, and Werner H (eds). Netter's Pediatrics. Mosby, Inc., Philadelphia, 2011 July.


Posters and Presentations

Invited Lectures


Brown NJ. “Dance Nutrition: Fueling up for Performance”—School of Philadelphia Ballet, Philadelphia, PA. Oct 2021.

Brown NJ. “Overview of Pediatric Upper and Lower Extremity Injuries: What Not to Miss” –Primary Care Series. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. June 2021.

Brown NJ. “High Risk Bone Stress Injuries: Navicular and Femoral Neck”–Sports-Radiology Conference Series, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. May 2021.


Brown NJ. Moderator, Overuse research presentations—Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Jan 18, 2019.

Brown NJ. “Overuse Injuries in the Young Athlete”— Open Medical Institute of the American Austrian Foundation, Salzburg, Austria. Jan 7, 2019.

Brown NJ. “The Female Athlete and Sex-based differences”— Open Medical Institute of the American Austrian Foundation, Salzburg, Austria. Jan 10, 2019.


Brown NJ. “Common Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes with a Special Focus on Dancers” – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Chalfont, PA. Oct 10, 2018.

Brown NJ. “Upper extremity injuries for the Urgent Care Provider” – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, King of Prussia, PA. Sep 27, 2018.

Brown NJ. Faculty, AMSSM Fellows Research and Leadership Conference. Introduction to Sports Ultrasound. Philadelphia, PA. July 26, 2018.

Alternative Media


Brown NJ. The Orthopedics Show on Doctor Radio, SiriusXM. April 26, 2021.

Brown NJ. Back pain in the young athlete. AMSSM Podcast. March 2021.


Brown NJ. Primary Care Perspectives: Youth Sports and Coronavirus—Episode 82. Primary Care Perspectives Podcast. July 15, 2020.

Brown NJ. Sports Medicine Podcast, My Breakthrough Radio Podcast on iHeartRadio

Awards and Honors

2022, Main Line Today Top Docs, Orthopedics
2020-2022, Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors in Sports Medicine
2014-2021, Top Physicians for Children, SJ Magazine
2014-2019, Top Female Doc in South Jersey, SJ Magazine
2006, Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society
2000, Order of Omega National Honor Society
2000, Golden Key National Honor Society

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2018-present, Pediatrics, peer reviewer
2017-present, Journal of Hospital Medicine, peer reviewer
2016-present, Journal of Pediatrics, peer reviewer
2015-present, Pediatric Emergency Care, peer reviewer

Academic and Institutional Committees

2018-present, Orthopedics Committee to improve culture in the division
2018-present, Interviewer, Sports Medicine Fellowship, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
2018-present, PRiSM research interest group, Ultrasound
2018-present, PRiSM research interest group, Bone Stress Injury
2017-present, Primary Care Sports Medicine Preceptor, University of Pennsylvania
2013-present, Interviewer, Sports Medicine Fellowship

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2017-present, Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM)
 - 2018-present, Research Interest Group, Ultrasound
 - 2018-present, Research Interest Group, Bone Stress Injury
2012-present, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
2012-present, AAP Council on Sports, Medicine and Fitness
2006-present, American Academy of Pediatrics