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Dr. Nancy Brown Dr. Nancy Brown

Dean, Yale University School of Medicine


Yale School of Medicine has named Nancy Brown as its Dean of Medicine, effective February 1, 2020.

Dr. Brown, a dedicated teacher and internationally renowned investigator and clinician, is a Yale College graduate. Dr. Brown is currently the Hugh Jackson Morgan Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Since becoming the leader of Vanderbilt’s Department of Medicine in 2010, Brown has worked to help faculty, students, and trainees thrive. She expanded mentorship resources for trainees and faculty members who concentrate on research and established a career development program for faculty members who focus on clinical work. During her tenure, there was an increase in the number of women and members of underrepresented groups in medicine, both on the faculty and in leadership positions.

Dr. Brown has led a dynamic research program in cardiovascular pharmacology, which has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1993. Among her research contributions, she has defined the molecular mechanisms through which commonly prescribed blood pressure and diabetes drugs affect the risk of cardiovascular and kidney disease. She has continued to care for patients, especially those with resistant and secondary forms of hypertension, and to mentor the next generation of physicians in the clinic.

Thanks to the work of the section leaders and faculty members that Dr. Brown recruited, overall research funding in the department increased by 56-percent, and grant funding from the National Institutes of Health went up by 47-percent. The impact of the department’s research grew, as measured by citations, and faculty members received increased recognition by organizations such as the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Medicine. The clinical enterprise also surged, with outpatient visits growing 59-percent and admissions 25-percent.

Throughout her career, Dr. Brown has focused on medical education and mentoring career development. She founded and directed the Vanderbilt Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program nearly 20 years ago to promote the advancement of patient-oriented researchers. She also developed the Elliot Newman Society to shorten time-to-independence for physician-scientists. She is an elected member of the Vanderbilt Academy for Excellence in Teaching and has received many mentorship awards.

Dr. Brown serves on a number of editorial boards and national and international scientific advisory committees, providing guidance on the development of research programs and educational initiatives. She has received numerous awards for her achievements, including election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Brown holds a MD from Harvard University and an AB from Yale in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

John Isaacson and Ariannah Mirick led this search with Randi Alberry Read the full press release here.