Dr. David Brown named interim leader of health equity and inclusion


The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the appointment of Dr. David J. Brown as interim associate vice president and associate dean for health equity and inclusion.

Brown, who will serve in these interim roles at the Medical School and U-M Hospitals and Health Centers until a permanent replacement is identified, replaces Dr. Carmen R. Green, who has returned to clinical practice and research.

David Brown

An associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in the Medical School, Brown is medical director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Ambulatory Care Unit, founding member and medical director of the Pediatric Multidisciplinary Aerodigestive Clinic, and founding member and course director of the U-M Otolaryngology Essentials Simulation Boot Camp.

He also directs the Otolaryngology Diversity Committee, which received a U-M Distinguished Diversity Leader Award for its monthly Diversity Lunch and Learn Series.

Part of the U-M faculty since 2011, Brown is member of the Society of University Otolaryngologists Ad Hoc Diversity Committee, and a U-M Global REACH faculty associate who collaborates with colleagues at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, to bridge otolaryngology educational, technical and research efforts between that institution and U-M.

He also is a member of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, which promotes quality and safety for patients with tracheostomies.

Brown attended Brown University and Harvard Medical School, where he co-chaired the Third World Caucus and the Harvard University Black Graduate Student Conference. He completed his otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency in 2003 at U-M and a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship in 2004 at Children’s Hospital, Boston/Harvard.

His first academic appointment was in 2004 at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the associate program director of the otolaryngology residency, faculty member and student adviser for the Helen Taussig College, and winner of the George T. Nager Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He worked from 2008-11 at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he won the Otolaryngology Faculty Teaching Award. He has been honored among the “Best Doctors in America” since 2009.

“Dr. Brown has an extensive background and set of experiences which affirm his commitment to our vision, mission and values around diversity, equity and inclusion,” Dr. James O. Woolliscroft, dean of the Medical School, and Tony Denton, acting CEO and chief operating officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, co-wrote in a message to Medical School and UMHHC leadership.



  1. Susan Broderick
    on February 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I taught David Brown when he was a high school student, and I have followed his career with great interest and enthusiasm. I am so glad that U-M has recognized Dr. Brown’s many amazing and unique qualities.

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