Michael Brown -- Family Man/ Former-Hand-Surgeon -- Arrested for Beating His Wife...Again

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Dr. Michael Brown and "daddy's baby girl."
You may be familiar with Dr. Michael Brown, the founder of the Brown Hand Center. He's the Houston-based doctor who runs that god-awful ad here in Phoenix featuring him, his way-too-hot-for-him wife, and his five kids. The ad ends with his young daughter saying "daddy's baby girl." It's adorable, but makes us want to puke at the same time.

Click here to see New Times sister paper the Houston Press' list of 10 commercials almost as creepy as the Brown Hand Center ad.

Brown's major selling point in the ad is that he personally trains all the doctors at the Brown Hand Center. He tells viewers "the Brown Hand Center will care for you, just as I care for my own family."

Unless you want to get your arm twisted behind your back, beat with a bed post, and possibly do some cocaine, we'd recommend you take your hand-surgery needs elsewhere, because that's apparently the kind of "care" that's been goin' on at the Brown household.

Brown was arrested Tuesday in Houston, Texas, on suspicion of assaulting his fourth wife (the woman who appears with him in the ad) by twisting her arm behind her back, according to court records obtained by the Houston Chronicle.

This isn't Brown's first brush with the law -- in 2002 he was arrested for beating his then-pregnant wife, Darlina Brown, with a bed post. He was sentenced to 10 years probation and fined $1,500.

Brown was no longer on probation at the time of the assault because he completed a deferred adjudication, a type of probation, which means the assault won't show up on his criminal record.

Brown apparently likes cocaine, too. He had his medical license revoked in 2006 after testing positive for cocaine use.

If convicted, Brown faces anything from probation to 10 years in prison.

Check out a portion of Brown's ad below -- let's be honest, that family looks terrified.

 



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prinsezdata
prinsezdata

I think that the business is a scam. I had the surgery done to both of my hands and to my arm for "tennis elbow". The first surgery my insurance paid most of it and I had a small portion to pay up front. After the surgery not being that successful I had to have another surgery and an additional one to my elbow. I signed a contract to pay $300 and due to my high blood pressure they cancelled the surgery. I rescheduled months later and the office never re-issued another contract. I had the surgery and still nothing from the office for how much my payments were, etc. Almost 2 yrs has passed and I had thought since I had to have another surgery because everything was not corrected the first time, well maybe they were not going to bill me for anything. My insurance was billed and they paid their portion but I still never received any bills from their office. 2 yrs passed and guess what? I got a letter from the main office in Texas telling me I owed them over $1800 for my second surgery 2 years ago. The letter also said "Final Notice". Well where was my first notice? I couldn't believe that over 2 years since my surgery, I am now receiving a final notice bills for an outrageous amount that I never agreed to pay. I wrote them a letter requesting a statement and how they came up with this amount and a reason why it took 2 years to send me this bill. I finally got something in the mail from them months later but it was only a typed up statement that said "Bad Debt" $1800 (plus some) due from patient. This didn't explain anything  and what the hell does bad debt mean? I never had a bill to make anything a bad debt. I wrote several letters to the business and my only response was another copy of this statement. I don't know what to do. I don't think I should have to be responsible for someone else's mistake that is trying to save their ass by sending out this bill now before someone misses the money they scam or something. No one responds to my letters  and my husband is worried that this is going to go on his credit if I don't pay. The said thing about all of this is my hands still go numb and I still can't do some activities. I just am at a lost with this............

David Cassles
David Cassles

Why does all his million + $ a year clinics remain open?  They just built another So Called Hand Clinic in Austin Texas. Mr Brown receives  huge profits from all of his Clinics. A DOCTOR, USING COCAINE AND ASSAULT OF HIS WIFE TWO TIMES, SHOULD NOT RECEIVE ANY MONEY,  MUCH LESS  BE ALLOWED TO BUILD MORE SO CALLED HAND CENTERS.  Mr Brown has violated all ETHICS of a Doctor! I question the doctors who work FOR him? Doctors like him should be Prohibited from making ANY money, from these "Hand Clinics" This must be a  Sham Operation, Just Taking COCAINE tells of his moral Character!! He is making Millions off these Clinics! He should be Barred from any profit, and be in JAIL like all the other COCAINE Addicts!! I don't think the GENERAL PUBLIC is aware of this Cocaine, wife beater, and dishonest  man owns these Hand Clinics. 1000's of Honest hard working Doctors should be Ashamed of this Man. Any Doctor working for this X Doctor, has the same Twisted Morals as this Doctor. The must Condone what Mr Brown does!! All the Doctors that work for Mr Brown Should BE DRUG TESTED ON A RANDOM BASIS!!    The state Board of Texas should be ASHAMED to let Mr Brown receive HUGE Profits from all these SHAM Clinics. What Has Medicine COME TO? I have lost all faith in the TEXAS STATE BOARD, for their, Promotion in  letting Mr Brown continue to profit from these SHAM Clinics. THE STATE BOARD SHOULD BE DRUG TESTED!!  What has the HIPPOCRATIC OATH come to? Nothing, Does not mean a thing. THIS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE FOR ALL THE HONEST DOCTORS OUT THERE. Some Doctors lose their License over much less than this.   MR BROWN, SHOULD TREATED LIKE OTHER CRIMINALS , NOT TO RECEIVE MONEY FROM THEIR CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES!! This is such a Travesty of all medical ethics, His TV Commercial, using his FAMILY should be banned, as well as any other Commercial, This Low Life produces. THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD BE WARNED, about this NUT Case, and All the Doctors who work for him! Because these Doctors who work for him are of LOW MORAL CHARACTER!!   IF THEY WORK FOR HIM JUST TELLS YOU ABOUT THEM!! THERE IS NO HEALTH CARE HERE ----JUST (MONEY) COCAINE USE IS A SYMPTOM OF SOME OTHER UNDERLYING PSYCHOLOGICAL DISEASE. THIS WHOLE SHAM OPERATION, SHOULD BE CLOSED IMMEDIATELY!!! THIS IS A DANGER TO THE PUBLIC, AND TOTALLY MONEY ORIENTED!!   (((( Mr Brown must have friends or co conspirators, on the TEXAS STATE BOARD.)))               JUST REINFORCES THE MONEY DRIVEN MOTIVES, OF THE STATE BOARD, AND ALL OF MEDICINE TODAY.    ((THE DAYS OF CARING DOCTORS ARE GONE))). NOW IT IS ALL ABOUT PRODUCTION!!! IN THESE CLINICS, AS WELL AS MANY OTHERS THE DOCTOR IS REQUIRED TO SEE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PATENTS PER HOUR! To bad! SOME ONE LIKE THE TEXAS STATE BOARD SHOULD PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM MEN LIKE THIS, AND THE PEOPLE WORKING FOR THIS CRIMINAL!!  There is no one to protect the public!!  THE ENTIRE MEDICAL PROFESSION IS CORRUPT.  ((If the Texas state board condones this criminal activity, who is looking out for the PUBLIC> DISGRACEFUL!!!!   OTHER CITIES IN THE COUNTRY ALSO CONDONE THIS,  ORGANIZED CRIME, SYNDICATE!!                             ( EVEN WORSE, DOCTORS ARE KILLING PEOPLE WITH OPIATE DRUGS, AND GIVING OUT TEENS ANTIDEPRESSANTS, BY GENERAL PRACTITIONERS, UN CHECKED. HOW MANY TEEN SUICIDES  IS IT GOING TO TAKE, HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE MUST DIE FROM OPIATE DRUGS!!   ((MONEY IS THE MOTIVE,,, NOT HEALTH CARE.)). SO SAD! DOCTORS ONLY CARE ABOUT THE NEWEST PORSCHE, AND THE BIGGEST HOUSE, AND THE BEST SKI TRIP, TAKEN ON, THE BACKS OF PEOPLE WHO CAN BARELY AFFORD HEALTH CARE.. (((NO DOCTORS ARE EVER DRUG TESTED)))   ((NO DOCTORS ARE  EVER GIVEN A  PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION)))  (((HOSPITALS PROTECT DOCTOR MISTAKES, BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN GREED, AND FEAR OF LAW SUITS))

ms_triniamerican
ms_triniamerican

@David Cassles

What you're saying about Brown may be true, but your post is highly biased to say that ALL the doctors that work for Brown only care about the newest Porsche is UNFAIR. Those doctors have invested time with the company and their patients.Poor granny who loves her doctor at his clinic and has been going there for years receiving great service should just go away because of what he did. REALLY? You make the statement his doctors should be drug tested. Why? Is there any indication that they used drugs?Just because he did means they did? And who’s to say they weren’t tested? And Why do you want to shut down the clinics evidently they are good clinics if they keep popping up despite what’s going on with brown. Take in mind that times are hard, and it’s not just doctors that work there. You’re talking about the welfare of nurses, medical assistant, secretaries, custodians, need I gone on? Lastly, I don’t condone what brown did but just because he used cocaine as a doctor does not mean that he should have his business and assets, and years of hard work RIPPED away from him. We are human and we ALL make mistakes.

Dianekirse
Dianekirse

Look, I gotta tell you that I worked with this guy when he was in the first few years of his surgical training at Baylor. He was lazy and did not care one bit about the patients he was "caring" for. He is and was an ass.

Reveal
Reveal

Dianekirse since you stated you worked with him back then...did you know his former wife Debbie Jaramillo? I know she up and divorced him very quietly.

Dianekirse
Dianekirse

Why do people keep referring to him as "doctor". He no longer has a license to practice medicine.

C9vette
C9vette

Yep! We all hated the commercial ending with "Daddy's baby girl." year after year. They just kept changing baby girls since that appears to be all he could produce. Keep the wife chained to the stove, the bed and have babies until I get my boy. What a pig.

observor
observor

If there was ever a perfect story for james king, it's this one.

tj12
tj12

SurgRes, that just isn't true. My cousin is an office manager and verified that not a single one of their doctors were ever general or family practicioners. Additionally, they are all required to have been trained in general surgery, plastic surgery or orthopedic surgery. The incisions are so small they typically don't require stiches but obviously under all circumstances, they do what is best for the patient. This isn't about the qualified doctors at the hand centers though, this is about a bad guy who is finally being brought to justice.

tj12
tj12

This guy hasn't been involved (outside of the awful commercials) with Brown Hand Centers in years. My cousin works there and said the surgeons are top notch and have nothing to do with this clown.

C9vette
C9vette

UR correct! He sure did try to hog all the credit though.

SurgRes
SurgRes

From what I've heard the "surgeons" at the Brown Hand Centers aren't really "surgeons". They are all family docs or general practitioners that were specifically trained to do one thing: carpal tunnel release. True hand surgeons are usually plastics-trained or orthopaedic-trained surgeons who sub-specialize in the surgery of the hand. General surgery-trained docs can become fellowship trained in hand as well, but again those fellowships usually go to plastics or ortho graduates. And the Brown Hand Centers' claim to "sutureless" surgery is simply closure by Dermabond (aka super glue) instead of a simple running suture of an otherwise small and easily closeable incision. I know this because as a fourth-year medical student I rotated with an orthopaedic-trained hand surgeon who had warned me about the Brown Centers in Phoenix. If you need hand surgery, do your research and find a fellowship-trained surgeon. In Phoenix, there are about 20-25 bonafide hand specialists.

HandSurgery
HandSurgery

Before you start making false statements about the Brown Hand Center practice, you should really go in for yourself to see how these surgeons are really trained instead of spreading all this hearsay. I actually work for this company and know for a fact that they are not just family practice physicians getting trained on hand surgery. They specifically trained in medical school for hand surgery as a specialty then trained by Dr. Brown on the patented Brown Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel and Trigger Finger Release. There are also orthopedic surgeons in our practice which are also specialized in hand surgery. By the way, our surgeons do not use Dermabond to close incisions, they use a different technique which our surgeons would be glad to discuss with anyone who would be interested in getting the procedure done. Please follow your own advise and research from credible sources. Our practice does indeed provide our patients with "Bonafide" hand specialists to perform surgeries in some of the best surgery centers in the Valley.

Rose Connolly
Rose Connolly

I love the writers comments on this God awful doctor..I took one look atit and thought there was something wrong,,big time deception!!thank u for a great article !! yes I want to puke !!

pit boss
pit boss

That is the creepiest ad I've ever seen. And yes, the wife looks like she's trying to signal for help without moving her lips too much.

C9vette
C9vette

She wasn't allowed to speak. He beat her because she refused to have another "daddy's baby girl." 5 FGS give it a rest.

botanybay
botanybay

I think AZ is one of the states that allows a non-physician (meaning his license is revoked) to own a medical practice, on the stipulation that the money they use to start it is their own (and not borrowed).

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