Samuel Brown graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in Linguistics with a minor in Russian, then received his MD from Harvard Medical School, where he was a National Scholar and Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar. After graduation he completed residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remained on faculty as an Instructor in General Medicine at Harvard Medical School before moving to the University of Utah, where he completed fellowship training. He is now Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Associate in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah, based clinically at the Shock Trauma ICU at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
Dr. Brown studies, with funding from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of General Medical Sciences), the clinical epidemiology of life-threatening infections, with a special emphasis on patterns in cardiovascular function as indicators of disease severity and responsiveness. His research incorporates ultrasound images of the heart and complex analysis of heart rate and blood pressure signals in the interest of understanding better how to prevent death from life-threatening infections. Avocationally, he studies cultural history, with a particular emphasis on how religious ideas assist believers in coming to terms with embodiment, sickness, and death. He has published widely in both fields. His book, In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death (Oxford University Press, 2012) fundamentally reinterprets earliest Mormonism in terms of the age-old struggle to conquer death.