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VIRGIL Brown, M.D.

VIRGIL Brown, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Medicine

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Dr W. Virgil Brown is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Internal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He also is Chief, Medical Specialty Service Line, Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Dr Brown received his medical degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. After training in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins, he began his research career as a clinical associate at the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. While at the NIH, working with Drs Donald Fredrickson and Robert Levy, he isolated and characterized for the first time 3 of the 9 proteins involved in the structure of the plasma lipoproteins, which proved to be very important in regulating the levels of blood triglycerides and cholesterol. After completing a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he joined the faculty at the University of California at San Diego, where he was Director of the Lipid Research Clinic and continued research on the function of lipoproteins in carrying cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Dr Brown and his collaborators helped define the role of the lipase enzymes in breaking down triglycerides so they could be removed from the bloodstream by the various organs of the body. His studies also helped us understand how various dietary changes and medications alter the metabolism of lipoproteins to correct high levels of cholesterol publishing over 300 manuscripts in the medical literature.

Dr Brown has received several honors, including Chairman of Faculty, UCSD School of Medicine (1977–1978); Joseph Lowe and Louis Price Professor of Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (1979); President of the Emory University Senate (1997-1998); the R. Bruce Logue Award for Lifetime Contribution to Medicine (2000); and many others. He recently received the 2008 Emory School of Medicine Alumni Award for Lifetime Contributions to Medicine. He Chaired the Gordon Conference on Lipid Metabolism in 1982 and the Metabolism Study Section of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NIH) 1984 to 1985.

Over the years, Dr Brown has served the American Heart Association as a member of several research review committees, as Chairman of the Nutrition Committee, and as Vice Chairman for the Education and Community Program Committee. He served as National AHA President (1991–1992). In 1996, he received the “Gold Heart Award,” the highest honor given by the American Heart Association for service to its mission over a lifetime. In 1998–1999, he served as the first President of the Southeast Lipid Association, as the first President of the National Lipid Association (2002 to 2004) and President of the National Board of Clinical Lipidology (2004–2008). He currently is the Editor of the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, and President-Elect of the International Atherosclerosis Society by vote of leadership in 52 National Societies.

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