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brown.jpgAnn Brown, MD, MHS, is the vice dean for faculty at the Duke University School of Medicine.

At the center of her work in this role is the innovative Faculty Development Program, a program she established in 2004. This program produces seminars, courses, and networking events; conducts institutional research; and develops policies to support career success for faculty at Duke.

Her appointment as vice dean in January 2011 allows her to expand her work, and provide broader support for faculty. She will add functions related to faculty problem-resolution and communication, advising on promotion and professional career development opportunities, and improving management skills. In addition, she will develop a new school-wide Junior Faculty Mentoring Program.

She represents School of Medicine faculty in campus leadership venues, and works with department faculty leaders to enhance faculty success across the School of Medicine.

Brown has been dedicated to helping faculty build their careers in academic medicine for much of her career at Duke. Prior to her appointment as vice dean, Brown served as associate vice dean for faculty development (2006), establishing the School of Medicine Office for Faculty Development. Before this, she served as associate dean for Women in Medicine and Science (2004). In all of her roles, her work has been guided by data from her institutional research. This work has led to publications, including highly cited work on understanding generational differences in academic medicine.

Brown has been with Duke since completing her endocrinology fellowship here in 1993. She is a tenured associate professor in medicine, and has worked extensively in the area of women’s health and leadership. In 2002, she was selected to serve on the university-wide Duke Women’s Initiative. In 2009, she completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) fellowship for women with outstanding leadership potential. She is the past program director for the Duke BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health) grant and in this capacity worked closely with the scholars in their career development. She is the founder and medical director for the Duke Academic Program in Women’s Health, a multidisciplinary program providing provider education about women’s health issues.

In recognition of her work with this program, Brown was awarded the 2001 NAWH award for Excellence and the 2006 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion award from the Office of Institutional Equity. Brown maintains an active clinical practice seeing women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She has served as principal investigator on over 16 clinical trials, and completed K23 Award in which she studied the effects of exercise in women with PCOS.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke College, then attended Stanford Medical School. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and an endocrinology fellowship at Duke University.