Drew J. Brown IV, 26, was born in Plano, TX and grew up as a navy brat moving numerous times before finally settling in Memphis, TN for junior high all the way through high school. Playing basketball, baseball and running track for the school took up most of his time and energy, but he was also involved in many student council and leadership programs around the city.
Next, he was off to Austin, TX to play basketball for the Longhorns of the University of Texas. This is where his competitive nature and understanding of a teamwork approach to accomplishing a goal was sharpened. He graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2001. Before beginning medical school, he lived with his sister, Taryn, in New York City for the summer where their relationship as best friends was solidified.
He currently lives in Boston, MA, where he just graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine with an M.D. After graduation he plans to travel this upcoming year to Australia, where he will be working with a team of Orthopaedic surgeons conducting spinal research. During his free time he will be traveling with a team of ichthyologists studying the elusive Great White Shark’s feeding and breeding patterns.
After returning to the states, he will pursue a career in Orthopaedic surgery. Drew is also an avid scuba diver and has always had a vested interest in herpetology. He lives with a nine-foot Burmese Python, Wally, which he has cared for over the past 8 years. In his spare time he loves riding dirt bikes and motorcycles, weight training, reading novels, and learning about various cultures and religions.
Drew’s teammates for this competition are his sister, Taryn, and their life long family friend Chandra. Their families met on a cruise sixteen years prior and have remained close ever since.