Dr. Audrey Brown, 78, a leading member of the neonatal community
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Audrey K. Brown, M.D., FAAP, of Sands Point, N.Y., world-renowned in the fields of hematology and newborn care, died of cancer Sept. 14 at age 78.
A member of the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics since 1976, Dr. Brown recently was honored posthumously by the section as the first recipient of the Neonatal Landmark Award for her lifetime contributions in neonatal jaundice and kernicterus. This award was one of many Dr. Brown received throughout her career; others included the Voluntary Leadership Award from the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation in 1989 and the Recognition Award for Distinguished Career in Clinical Investigation from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1992.
“Dr. Brown was clearly a leader in the area of neonatal bilirubin metabolism and the identification and prevention of kernicterus,” said Gerald B. Merenstein, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics. “She will be greatly missed by the neonatal community.”
One of 10 women who graduated in 1950 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, Dr. Brown continued her role as a woman exemplar in the medical field for five decades. She was a professor and researcher at many institutions, and also wrote more than 100 papers in scientific journals.
Dr. Brown was a leader in many organizations including vice president of the Society for Pediatric Research, secretary-treasurer of the American Pediatric Society and a charter member of the Society for Perinatal Research. She became professor emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center, Brooklyn, after she was vice chair of pediatrics and chief of its Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.