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Title IX Spotlight: Dr. Leah Brown

53 days ago
SEC Staff
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As part of the Southeastern Conference's celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the conference will spotlight former student-athletes that have gone on to successful careers outside of athletics.

Dr. Leah Brown was a 14-time All-American for the Gymdogs between 1994-97 who was inducted into the University of Georgia's Circle of Honor in 2016. Today, Brown is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and treatment of the knee, shoulder and elbow.

An Atlanta native, Brown won two individual national titles, taking top honors in the vault in 1996 and the floor exercise in 1997. She helped Georgia win SEC Championships in 1994, 1996 and 1997, and she also claimed SEC titles on vault and floor in 1996 and 1997 and on bars in 1997. Brown was the first gymnast in NCAA history to score a 10.0 in her first collegiate meet and went on to boast nineteen perfect scores in her career (16 on vault, three on floor). She also was the first Georgia freshman to win the SEC all-around title, doing so in 1994.

Brown was a standout away from athletics as well. She was a two-time Academic All-SEC selection and was a member of Leadership UGA and Student Athletic Council leadership organizations 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 Sportswoman of the Year in 1995.

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

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 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she served as the Medical Aid Station Director for Combat Logistics Battalion-5. Brown completed a four-year residency in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego and subsequently joined the Center's Department of Orthopedic Surgery as a faculty orthopedic surgeon. Her next assignment was as a faculty orthopedic surgeon at Naval Hospital Bremerton in Bremerton, Washington. In 2012, Brown was deployed to Afghanistan as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom, where she served as Orthopedic Surgery Department Head. She is the recipient of nine military honors and awards, including the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal. She continues her military service as a Navy Reservist.

Brown is fellowship trained in orthopedic sports medicine, shoulder and elbow. She completed her fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. During her fellowship, she was an assistant team physician for the 2016 NFC Champions, Carolina Panthers and athletic departments for University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Davidson College. Brown currently serves on the Medical Executive Board at St. Luke's Medical Center and is the Co-Founder and owner of UrgentlyOrtho. She is the team Orthopedic Surgeon for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and an official orthopedic consultant for Arizona State University and the Tempe Union High School district.

Brown is a Diplomate with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and a Member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Association of North America.