Ann Brown, MD, MHS

Ann Brown, MD, MHS
Vice Dean for Faculty
Office Name: Office of the Dean
Phone: (919) 684-5002

Ann J. Brown, M.D., M.H.S., is the Vice Dean for Faculty and Professor of Medicine with tenure at the Duke University School of Medicine. She leads the Office for Faculty, which provides extensive programming targeted to support faculty success. Signature programs include LEADER* for early career researchers, ALICE** for mid-career women, and Financial Boot-camp. Dr. Brown oversees several initiatives housed within the Office for Faculty including a school-wide faculty mentoring initiative, led by Associate Dean for Faculty Mentoring Dr. Mark Dewhirst, a faculty diversity initiative led by Assistant Dean for Underrepresented Faculty Development Dr. Kevin Thomas, and the innovative Executive Coaching Program led by Dr. Sharon Hull. Dr. Brown directs the Faculty Appointment Promotions and Tenure Office, manages the Dean’s Advisory Council on Faculty Conduct, serves as Principal Investigator of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Award, and administers the Faculty Flex Voucher Program. 

Dr. Brown has focused much of her career at Duke on faculty development. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Brown served as Associate Vice Dean for Faculty Development (2006), establishing the office dedicated to professional development for faculty. Prior to this, she served as Associate Dean for Women in Medicine and Science (2004). In all of her roles, her work has been guided by data from her institutional research. This work has led to publications, including highly cited work on understanding generational differences in academic medicine.

Dr. Brown completed her Endocrinology fellowship at Duke in 1993, and has been on the faculty since. She is a tenured Professor in Medicine, and has worked extensively in the area of women’s health and leadership. In 2002, she was selected to serve on the University-wide Duke Women’s Initiative. In 2006, she was awarded the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion award from the Duke Office for Institutional Equity. In 2009 she completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) fellowship for women with outstanding leadership potential. She is active within the Group on Faculty Affairs at the AAMC, and is a former member of the Steering Committee for this Group.

Dr. Brown maintains a clinical practice seeing women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). She has served as Principal Investigator on over 16 clinical trials, and completed a K23 Award in which she studied the effects of exercise in women with PCOS. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College, then attended Stanford Medical School. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital before coming to Duke for her Endocrinology fellowship.


*Leadership Development for Researchers
** Academic Leadership, Innovation and Collaborative Engagement

Contact:  Dede Crosmer, Administrative Assistant
Phone:  (919) 684-5002