Dr. Francis has a unique training background. He trained in a combined internal medicine and psychiatry residency followed by completing an active duty service obligation with the United States Army. He served both domestically and abroad caring for patients with acute psychiatric symptoms. His military experience increased his interest in traumatic brain injury which ultimately led him to complete a neurocritical care fellowship training program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Upon completing fellowship, Dr. Francis worked with Dr. Phil Gorelick at the Hauenstein Neuroscience Center of Excellence in Grand Rapids to establish a neurocritical care presence in their health system.

In a move east to join family, Dr. Francis is excited to work with Chair, Dr. Dave Kaufman and Director, Dr. Anmar Razak to support the Michigan State University Vascular Neurology Team at Sparrow Hospital.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Michigan State University 2018


  • M.D., Saint Georges University School of Medicine. Grenada, WI 2006
  • Masters in Public Health, Saint Georges University School of Medicine. Grenada, WI 2006
  • B.S. in Biochemistry, Philadelphia University. Philadelphia, PA 2001

Postdoctoral Training

Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency – Rush University Medical Center. Chicago, IL 2006-2011


  • Andersen J. Shemme, MD, Joel N. Phillips, DO, Rafael Bloise, MD, MA, MBA, Tracy J. Koehler, PhD, Philip B. Gorelick, MD, MPH, and Brandon A. Francis, MD, MPH. The Impact of a Neurocritical Care and Neuropalliative Collaboration on Intensive Care Unit Outcomes. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2022, Vol. 0(0) 1-8. DOI: 10.1177/10499091211060055

Research Interests

Status, refractory status and super-refractory status epilepticus; Ketogenic diet for the treatment of refractory status epilepticus; traumatic brain injury; intracerebral hemorrhage; aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage; integration of neurocritical care and neuropalliative care; pulmonary hygiene in patients with acute neurological injury.

Dr. Francis enjoys spending time with, learning from and teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) through the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS).

Clinical Interests

Stroke and Neurocritical Care


ABIM Internal Medicine, ABPN Psychiatry, UCNS Neurocritical Care, ABIM Critical Care


Neurocritical Care Fellowship - Northwestern Memorial. Chicago, IL 2014-2016

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