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Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown

Alaska

Obstetrician & Gynecologist
Wellspring

Biography

A physician and women's advocate, Dr. Carolyn Brown was born in 1937 in Texas, where she grew up during difficult times in the nation's history. Forging ahead on her own, Brown paid her way through college and medical school. She has been a medical doctor who is board certified in obstetrics-gynecology as well as preventive medicine-public health.

She and her husband, George, came to Alaska in 1965. Here, she birthed two splendid babies and worked throughout Alaska with the United States Public Health Service, Anchorage Municipality Health Department, in school health, with the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, as medical director of the Anchorage Methadone Clinic, and as the medical director of the Open Door Free Clinic.

She is the co-founder of Women and Children's Health Associates, a nonprofit organization that operated an obstetric-gynecologic-pediatric practice in the Mat-Su Valley for 10 years and subsequently continues as a scholarship resource for students interested in health careers.

Brown's life work and career have been focused with the underserved and medically disadvantaged. Her commitments have included surgical and medical obstetrics-gynecology, reproductive rights for women, health in corrections, care of victims of sexual and physical abuse and assault, and empowerment of women in their own decision making and destinies. In her time, she has delivered more than 5,000 babies and worked with many thousands of women and families in clinical and preventive health care.