Mary Beth Brown, P.T., Ph.D.

Mary Beth Brown, P.T., Ph.D.

Dr. Brown began in Rehabilitation Medicine at UW in December 2018, after serving as faculty in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Indiana University (IU) where she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. Brown’s most recent research has focused on exercise responses in patients and rat models of pulmonary vascular disease. Prior to her first faculty position, Dr. Brown was a NIH T32 post-doctoral fellow in IU Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine where she investigated the role of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) in pulmonary endothelial barrier breach, and performed novel intravital 2-photon microscopy of rodent lung.  Dr. Brown received her PhD in Applied Physiology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her doctoral dissertation work investigated mechanisms and consequences of high sweat sodium loss during exercise in healthy individuals and in patients with cystic fibrosis. Prior to academia, Dr. Brown practiced for almost a decade as a licensed physical therapist, primarily in a hospital-based outpatient setting as a staff therapist and as clinic director.


Exercise interventions and functional measures for patients and rodent models
Physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise in patients and in rodent models
Exercise hemodynamics
Intravital microscopy of the rodent lung
Exocrine sweat gland physiology and human thermoregulation

Lab Website

Optimizing Exercise as Therapy in Cardiopulmonary Disease

Selected Publications