Title IX Spotlight: Dr. Leah Brown

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As part of the Southeast Conference’s 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the conference will feature alumni-athletes who have had successful careers outside of athletics.

Dr. Leah Brown was a 14-time all-American for Gymdogs from 1994-97 who was inducted into the University of Georgia’s Circle of Honor in 2016. Currently, Brown is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in medicine. Sports and knee and shoulder treatment. and elbow.

An Atlanta native, Brown has won two individual national titles, winning the top vault titles in 1996 and the floor exercise in 1997. She helped Georgia win the SEC championship in years. 1994, 1996 and 1997, and she also won SEC titles on the vault and floor in 1996 and 1997 and on the bars in 1997. Brown was the first gymnast in NCAA history to score. 10.0 in his first meeting in college and continues to boast a perfect nineteen in his career (16 points on the vault, 3 points on the floor). She was also the first Georgia freshman to earn the SEC all-around title, doing so in 1994.

Brown is also a standout from athletics. She has been twice selected to the All-SEC Academic and is a member of the leadership organizations Leadership UGA and Student Athletic Council and the prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key and Palladia honor societies. Brown won the Arthur Ashe Award for Black Issues in Higher Education in 1995 and was selected as a finalist for the state’s Female Sportsperson of the Year in 1995.

Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in genetics from Georgia. She later earned her Doctor of Medicine degrees from Ohio State University and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, followed by an internship in Surgery at the San Diego Naval Medical Center.

Brown served for two years as a Battalion Surgeon (General Medical Officer) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. In 2006, she was deployed to Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she served as the Medical Emergency Station Director for the 5th Combat Logistics Battalion. Brown completed a four-year residency in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego and later joined the Center’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery as an orthopedic surgeon in the department. Her next assignment was as an orthopedic surgeon at Bremerton Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. In 2012, Brown was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, where she assumed the role of Chief of Orthopedic Surgery. She is the recipient of nine military honors and awards, including the Bronze Star and the Navy Medal. She continued her military service as a Marine Reserve.

Brown received graduate training in orthopedic, shoulder, and elbow sports medicine. She completed her PhD at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. During her fellowship, she was a physician assistant on the 2016 NFC Championship team, the Carolina Panthers, and the athletic departments of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Davidson College. Brown currently serves on the Medical Executive Board at St. Luke and is the Co-Founder and Owner of UrgentlyOrtho. She is an orthopedic surgeon on the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury team and an official orthopedic consultant for Arizona State University and the Tempe Union High School district.

Brown is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Orthopedic Association for Sports Medicine and the North American Arthroscopy Society. .


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