Dr. Brown has played a large role in the national conversation on the importance of diversity within healthcare, cultural humility, and micro-aggressions and is currently serving as Vice Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center. She received formal advanced training in DEI work by completing an extensive certificate program at Cornell University on leadership in DEI.
She graduated from the Yale School of Medicine with the Frank Parker Prize (an award given to the student with best qualifications for a successful physician) and the Peter A.T. Grannum Prize given to an African American graduating student who has shown outstanding academic achievement. During medical school, she was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Research Scholars fellow and completed a year devoted to research at the National Institutes of Health. She balanced this with multiple leadership roles, including National Vice President of the Student National Medical Association, an organization of 5,000 members devoted to the needs of minority medical school students.
She matriculated to the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Emergency Medicine program where she served as chief resident and was awarded the UCSF Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership, one of the most prestigious UCSF institutional honors which is given to the faculty, staff, and student/resident/postdoctoral scholar at UCSF who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion beyond the scope of their job, area of research, or training. In residency, she continued her passion for DEI work and served as National Chairperson for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident and Student Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The committee was able to create a national URiM mentorship program, established a database of emergency medicine residency programs focused on supporting URiM students, and publish a popular podcast series on cultural competency and healthcare disparities. She also co-led a workshop at the SAEM Annual Conference focused on fostering an environment of cultural competency, sensitivity and awareness. This workshop was designed not just to increase cultural competency within the participants but also to provide them with the tools to take back to their institutions and communities and implement as advocates for diversity across the nation.
She also has expertise in DEI related research and has published in JAMA and Academic Emergency Medicine. The work that she has been involved with has affected change at the national level for patients who are primarily non-English speaking including.
- Leadership, Professional Development, Wellness
- Medical Education (Simulation, FOAM, Innovations)
- health disparities, cultural humility, equity and inclusion, micro and macroagressions