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John R. Brownell
Patient Rating
4.7 / 5 (Based on 221 Reviews)

John R. Brownell, MD

Specialty: Family/General Practice

Areas of Interest

Adolescent medicine, sports medicine

Year began practicing: 1998

Year joined staff: 1998

Education and Training


United States Navy, Unrestricted Line Officer
University of Iowa, Doctor of Medicine


Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation, Family Medicine

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Family Physicians; Christian Medical and Dental Association

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • 2016 Nominee for Patient Advocate Award, one of Mercy's Annual Provider Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa


American Board of Family Medicine

Personal Interests

Spending time with family and friends, biking, church activities, cross country skiing, history, politics and running

Patient Reviews

August 23, 2019
I tell people about Dr. Brownell all the time. Sadly... he is full and unable to accept anymore patients... although he does say he would accept a family member which is a genuinely generous offer. I have never seen this man show anything but a positive and upbest attitude... even when I can see he has been very tired by his red eyes over the years which was only once or twice. He is like the energizer bunny. He just keeps going and going... and going.
August 01, 2019
Great experience. Helped and advised me on my health. I would recommend the provider based on my experience with him.
August 01, 2019
By far the best physician I have seen. Takes the time to listen and shows genuine compassion. Very personable.
July 30, 2019
I am very pleased!
July 14, 2019
will do a follow up visit with me after a few weeks of being on a new medicine--I appreciate that
July 10, 2019
Dr Brownell is such a compassionate doctor for his patients. Dad commented all the way home in the car how he is fortunate to have Dr Brownell for his doctor. He is better than what he had when he lived in another state.
July 08, 2019
Hey this is Dr. Brownell we are talking about here and everything is always good, top notch.
June 24, 2019
Dr. Brownell is very good at listening and providing services and information accordingly.
June 13, 2019
He's a good doctor, but I would have liked more than "I'll have to live with it" because my tests were all within normal range. I feel more options should be offered to men within my age range and my particular problem.
June 04, 2019
Doctor was impersonal and seemed in a hurry
April 29, 2019
I never feel rushed by this provider and appreciate that
March 26, 2019
I have recommended a friend to my care provider and he was accepted as a new patient, I feel he will have great service and experiences!!
March 16, 2019
excellent doctor-very knowledgeable
January 21, 2019
Dr. Brownell is amazing. Takes time to engage with you, and knows me and my family. His interest and care for his patients as a person is invaluable and rare.
January 21, 2019
Dr. Brownell is the best doctor I have ever been to in my whole life - honestly. When I to to see him, he makes me feel like my appointment is his only one of the day; he takes as much time as I need, he LISTENS to me, he has sincere compassion for my health concerns and tries to explore every avenue (referrals, etc) to get me help and relief and answers. I thank God for him and I'm so glad he is my provider.
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Provider's Contact Information

  • Office Phone: 319-390-3963
  • Fax: 319-396-3886


  • MercyCare Johnson Avenue

    75 Short St. NW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

    Main: 319-396-6313
    Office: 319-396-6313
    Fax: 319-396-5132