20 Questions: Dr. Rhett Brown, Charlotte

Dr. Rhett Brown

Pay attention, boys and girls. When this column gets up to 88 miles per hour, Doc Brown is gonna show us some serious shi…wait -— what’s that? What do you mean I’m thinking of the wrong person? Isn’t this Dr. Emmett Brown, inventor of the flux capacitor. It’s not? Then who is our featured subject this issue?!?

Oh, I see. It’s Dr. Rhett Brown, founder of Presbyterian Family Medicine-Midtown. Ok, that’s cool too. Dr. Brown-who-doesn’t-have-a- time-machine-made-out-of-a-DeLorean has been named one of the top 100 doctors in Charlotte. He’s also a past president of Time Out Youth. He lives with his partner Carl Brinson and is a self-professed TV junkie. As always, there’s much more to learn about our victi…subject — so keep reading, dear readers, for more of the real Doc Brown.

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If you could practice in any branch of medicine other than your own, what would it be?

Emergency medicine. Like family medicine, the ED physician cares for patients of all ages and all body systems. However, the ED physician does not develop a relationship with a patient or a family over a long period of time. I have patients that I delivered who are now graduating from college. How great is that!

What is your favorite book series?

“Run With The Horsemen” trilogy by Ferrol Sams. The author is a family physician in rural Georgia who wrote this wonderfully touching and humorous trilogy of growing up on a farm in south Georgia, serving in WWII and finally becoming a physician.

What’s the sexiest accent in the world?

A Scottish accent perks me up every time.

Which do you enjoy playing more: Pinball, a classic arcade game or foosball?

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Pinball for sure.

How do these films rank based on the number of times you’ve seen them: “Apocalypse Now,” “The Hurt Locker,” “M*A*S*H,” “Saving Private Ryan”?

It would be “Saving Private Ryan” followed by “M*A*S*H” and then “Apocalypse Now” and “The Hurt Locker” in last.

Have you ever seen a scorpion in its natural habitat?

I have worked with a few whose stingers I had to avoid, but have never seen a real scorpion in the wild.

How old is the last swimsuit you purchased or were given?

Just one year. I lost 30 pounds and splurged on something new.

What food do you always eat with mustard on it?

Definitely hot dogs.

Growing up, were you a regular viewer of the ABC Afterschool Specials?

Yes, I am a TV junkie.

Have you ever had to retrieve an item from a patient that was…shall we say, stuck “up there”?

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Yes…and let’s leave it at that.

Is there a deck of playing cards in your home right now?

There’s one in there somewhere…..

What style of dancing do you wish you were great at?

I’d love to be great at the Two-Step.

Have you ever ridden in a dune buggy?

Yes, on vacation at Myrtle Beach in the early ’70s.

Which is greater, your waist size in inches or the number of times you’ve eaten at an Olive Garden?

Unfortunately, it’s a tie!

Popcorn, peanuts or cotton candy?

Life is too short…why choose just one?

Which famous person needs to be added to the “should be seen and not heard” list?

That’s an easy one — Rush Limbaugh.

Have you ever fallen asleep in an outdoor hammock?

Absolutely. One of the best places to nap.

Do you think ventriloquists are entertaining?

It depends on whether I can see their lips moving.

Would you rather have a bird in your hand or two birds in your bush?

One in the hand. There are other things I prefer in my bush.

How did the number of patients you saw this flu season stack up against previous years?

This was the busiest flu season in at least five years. It kept my office hopping. : :

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Posted by David Stout

David Stout is the associate editor of QNotes. He can be reached at editor2@goqnotes.com.