2018 APM Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award Recipient
Nancy J. Brown, MD
The Association of Professor of Medicine (APM) awarded Nancy J. Brown, MD, the 2018 Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award during the 2018 APM Winter Meeting, held March 19, 2018, in San Antonio, TX.
APM’s highest honor, the Williams Award recognizes a physician who has demonstrated outstanding leadership as the chair of a department of internal medicine at a medical school. APM President, David L. Coleman, MD, presented the award to Dr. Brown at the annual APM awards lunch.
In the Williams Award’s 49-year history, Dr. Brown is only the second woman to receive this honor. Dr. Brown completed her undergraduate work in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to Harvard University to complete her MD, where she received honors for her MD thesis. Training in internal medicine and clinical pharmacology at Vanderbilt University included induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, and her role as the Hugh J. Morgan chief medical resident from 1991 to 1992. During this time, she received additional awards for excellence in translational research from the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, the venerable Clinical Pharmacology teaching award at Vanderbilt, and the Elliot Newman Award for best scientific citation in clinical investigation. She continued to perform at an exemplary level as an assistant professor, and was elected a fellow of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, and a fellow of the American Society of Hypertension. During these middle career years, she was a recipient of the Grant Liddle Faculty Award for Clinical Investigation, the American Society of Hypertension Young Scholar Award, the American Federation for Clinical Research Outstanding Investigator Award, and was inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation. In addition to her research, she served as assistant director, and later associate director, for the Vanderbilt General Clinical Research Center and was the architect and later director of the Vanderbilt Masters of Science and Clinical Investigation.
During a period of rapid program growth and advancement at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Brown made innumerable changes which have enhanced the quality and effectiveness of this Department of Medicine. Her leadership has improved the Department’s research as measured by increasing productivity of faculty grant awards, highly cited publications, and national recognition.
Dr. Brown received her bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University in 1981. She went on to earn her medical degree from Harvard University in 1986. Prior to serving as chair of the department of medicine, Dr. Brown was the interim division director of the division of hematology and oncology. In addition, Dr. Brown also served as Chief of the division of pharmacology, and associate dean for clinical and translational scientist development at Vanderbilt University. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Brown also served as the Robert H. Williams Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.