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John R. Brownell
Patient Rating
4.7 / 5 (Based on 239 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

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.
January 20, 2019
Dr. Brownell is very experienced and respectful giving us all the information we need but not pushing things we don't want. Easy to talk to and listens to us.
January 14, 2019
felt Dr was a little distant this time; I know they were really busy & understaffed & he was running behind/late and seemed a little more distracted/disconnected than usual
January 14, 2019
I am very satisfied with Dr. Brownell. He is very caring about my health and gives me advice that he knows I will follow. Confidence in your doctor is the most important thing and I trust him.
January 13, 2019
The only concern I have is each time I see this provider I feel like he is trying to add a specialist apt that I don't need. Everything I spoke to him about he had a question on if I needed to see a specialist. I felt like it was a sales pitch at times to get more services.
December 10, 2018
Really good experience going to the doctor when I wasn't expecting to that morning.
November 19, 2018
October 29, 2018
Dr. Brownell is the best doctor I have been to in my whole life. He has such compassion for patients, he focuses all of his attention on what I am saying and CARES about what I'm saying and how I'm feeling about any concerns I have about my health. He takes as much time with me as I need in order to diagnose, treat, recommend follow-up or make referrals. One of the things that bothers me with the medical field is that I feel like I am a "number" and I'm not being listened to, but Dr. Brownell is the ONLY General Practitioner that I have been to that shows such a high level of compassion and I always feel satisfied when I leave the office that I have been given good care and good advice. I always feel frustration when I leave the ER or the walk-ins (and these are MERCY facilities I'm referring to), but NEVER WITH DR. BROWNELL. I thank God for him. He is one in a million.
October 29, 2018
have been going to Dr Brownell for approx 20 yrs. very pleased with him and his staff
October 29, 2018
I really like the doctor. I know they were running behind that day, so I don't blame him at all for feeling a bit rushed. I totally understand.
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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