Dr. Samuel R. Browd, Attending Neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital & Co‑Founder & Chief Medical Officer of VICIS, “VICIS: Impact Reducing Football Helmets”
Dr. Samuel R. Browd, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FAANS, FAAP is a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington (UW) and co‑founder and Chief Medical Officer of VICIS, a UW spin‑out company that has developed the ZERO 1, a highly-engineered revolutionary helmet technology designed to reduce impact forces. It is the culmination of a 3‑year, $40M research and development effort shaped by some of the world’s leading athletes, engineers, and neurosurgeons.
Dr. Browd is also Attending Neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Medical Director of the Seattle Children’s Sports Concussion Program, Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Neurosurgery, and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering and affiliate faculty of the Foster School of Business. In addition, he serves as an Unaffiliated Neurologic Consultant to the NFL and as an Independent Neurologic Consultant to the Seattle Seahawks.
Dr. Browd completed a combined M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Florida, studying neuroplasticity and learning. His current research interests include concussion, hydrocephalus, and biomedical engineering solutions in Neurological surgery. Dr. Browd has co‑founded four venture-backed biomedical startups: Aqueduct Critical Care, Inc., is developing a self-regulating device to manage brain ventricular drains; Navisonics, Inc., is developing a micro-ultrasound device to accurately place catheters into the brain; eLoupes is on the leading edge of virtual reality solutions in healthcare and industry; and VICIS.
Dr. Browd is a UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow and is on the Advisory Board of CoMotion, UW’s commercialization group. He was honored as the 2016 inventor of the year by the UW School of Medicine.