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Dr. Barry Browne

General Surgery
San Diego, CA
36 years experience

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Office

San Diego, CA

Address

7910 Frost St, Ste 250, San Diego, CA
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About

Bio

I grew up in North San Diego County and then spent 30 years going to school, training, and working all around the US. Now I'm back in San Diego doing Kidney transplants, Pancreas Transplants, and taking care of the surgical needs of those on dialysis. I love operating and taking care of sick people. When at home, I enjoy playing guitar, tennis, walking the dog, and enjoying everything that San Diego has to offer with my family.

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General Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

91 Answers
3 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Rarely: The only sure way to get rid of a lipoma is to remove it surgically.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
See your Doctor!: Abdominal pain can be caused by many things--drugs, stress, infection, anatomic problems, etc. If the pain is persistent, you should see your physici... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Usually one good kidney is sufficient but sometimes 2 lower quality kidneys are transplanted simultaneously in order to get a good outcome.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
About 90 minutes: Transplants in young, thin recipients with no vascular disease can take less than an hour. More complicated procedures may take as long as 2 hours. Op... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
You won't be a donor: If you are listed on your state's registry as agreeing or disagreeing to be a donor, then your wishes will be honored and your family can't override t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Identical twins but not fraternal twins are "perfect matches" and don't need to take medicines to prevent rejection. We test twins before transplant b... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: With the possible exception of "face transplant donors" nearly all organ donors can have an "open casket" funeral.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: As long as the tattoo was done by a reputable shop, you should be fine. Amateur tattoo artists don't always use sterile technique which may lead to tr... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: Reputable donor registries do not charge fees to donors.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
It depends: To donate, you need to be a legal adult or an emancipated minor who is deemed competent to give informed consent.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: As long as it's done professionally and is taken care of appropriately. Any redness, swelling, or drainage should be evaluated by a physician.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Lowers Drug Levels: Grapefruit causes special enzymes in the liver to become more active. These enzymes can cause accelerated breakdown of some of the medicines used to p... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: The best way to identify yourself as a future cadaver donor is on your driver's license. You should also let your family know your wishes. If you are ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: If anything, being an organ donor should increase your chances of getting resuscitated since resuscitation increases the possibility that the transpla... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Identical twins don't require immunosuppression but almost everyone else does.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: There is no evidence in kidney transplantation that the sex of the donor affects the recipient in any way.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Very Well.: Living kidney donors go through a battery of tests to make sure that they can live a normal life with one kidney before they are allowed to donate. Th... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Immediately: A rejected organ can cause pain, swelling, fever, and a drop in urine output. Early in the rejection process, there are no symptoms which is why lifel... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
It's not necessary: Rejection of a blood transfusion is called a "transfusion reaction." blood banks can almost always find a donor blood product which won't cause a reac... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Usually within a day: Most antirejection medicines must be taken once or twice a day. Once stopped the drug levels will usually dip below the therapeutic threshold within a... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Pancreas transplantation cures diabetes, but just like everything else in life, you don't get something for nothing. Pancreas transplantation requires... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Small cancers found incidentally have little impact on the ability to get a kidney transplant. Larger tumors or those that have spread away from the k... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: Only a person who has been declared "brain dead" can give away their heart. There are no living donor heart transplants.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: There is no current need for donor testes.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Your Health & Desire: Living donor liver transplantation can be performed safely at unos-certified liver transplant centers. The center will examine you from head to toe to... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
By being unlucky: Foley catheters are commonly used to drain the bladder when patients are unable to void on their own. If the catheters are put in improperly or left i... Read More
A 72-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Lifetime: Almost all organ recipients take their medicines for the rest of their lives, as long as their organs are functioning.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Sex doesn't play a role when matching for transplantation.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Natural treatments for cancer abound--unfortunately, none of them have been proven to work. The "natural" course for breast cancer leads to death.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: The only way cancer can be spread is by trnsplanting a cancerous organ.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Rdiation and Chemo: Surgery is usually the first step in treating breast cancer because it removes the bulk of the tumor and examining the tumor allows for planning the s... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Be careful: Only have sex with a partner that you know well and trust fully. Using a condom will also drastically lower your risk of acquiring an std.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: Any compensation is a violation of federal law.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
It depends on timing: If the kidney cancer was diagnosed soon after donation, it may be prudent to remove the transplanted kidney because it might contain cancer cells whic... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
They can get sick.: Patients on immunosuppressants are more susceptible to cold and flu viruses. The best way to avoid viruses is to stay away from people who are sick. F... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Diabetics can be cadaver kidney donors if they have normally functioning kidneys. It's not a good idea, however, to be a living donor because diabetes... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: Chronic rejection can be slowed down and sometimes stopped, but reversal with improvement in organ function is still a goal which we are working towar... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
It's Dad's decision.: If dad wants to be a donor, he has the right to make that decision. There are others who may influence dad ability to donate. A transplant center is n... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: If the donor is active on the kidney registry, the family does not need to be asked. Otherwise, federal law requires asking the family except under me... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Both chimpanzee and baboon hearts have functioned in humans--at least for a short time. Long term success has yet to be achieved and is not being wide... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Maybe: The decision as to whether it is safe to donate will be made by the donor team at the transplant center. Their first concern is your safety so they wi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Total body irradiation was attempted 50 years ago and was successful in shutting down the entire immune system. Unfortunately, this was universally fa... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: There are no guarantees (in life or in death). To improve your chances of becoming a donor after you die, you should sign up as an organ donor when yo... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Perserverence: Your daughter will need a heart from another child who becomes brain dead but still has a beating heart. The organ procurement organization in your da... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Abo compatibility is a must when transplanting kidneys. O donors can go into anyone. Ab donors can accept anyone. A and b recipients can accept a and ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Living donation is possible and there have been successes. Unfortunately, if things go wrong, you can start with one diabetic and end up with two. The... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Almost everything: Nearly everything can be safely donated without compromising an "open casket" funeral. This should be discussed between the organ procurement counselo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Azathioprine is an effective immunosuppressant and is a valuable part of some protocols to prevent rejection. By suppressing the immune system, the ri... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: Although the bile duct from the gall bladder passes through the pancreas, the gall bladder is really part of the liver's drainage system and it is not... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 36 years experience
Safer than Rejection: All medicines have side effects. It's the job of the transplant clinic to find the right cocktail for each patient which will prevent rejection with m... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Browne is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Browne is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Jan 18, 2014
I would recommend to anyone.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1986MD

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