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Vietnam Era Veterans - Dr. Doris Browne

photograph of Dr. Doris Browne

Vietnam Era Veteran
Colonel–US Army

Locations of Service
Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; Rockville, MD; Washington, DC; El Paso, TX; Bethesda, MD; Pentagon; and Ft Detrick, MD
Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation
Retired Col. Doris Browne was born, on July 20 and lived, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Dr. Browne joined the Public Health Service in July, 1972 and retired from the US Army Medical Corps in 2000.
Dr. Browne graduated from Tougaloo College (Bachelor of Science, cum laude); the University of California, Los Angeles (M.P.H.); and Georgetown University (M.D.) and completed an internship, residency, and fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She achieved national and international recognition as an expert in the medical management of radiation casualties, women's health, and breast cancer and is well published as an author of textbooks, book chapters, and articles.
From 1995 to 1998 Dr. Browne, chaired the $25 million per year Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Prevention, Education, and Diagnosis Initiative; served as Health Affairs (HA) military representative to the DACOWITS and as HA representative to Defense Women’s Health Research Steering Committee; served as chairperson for the DOD Tri-Service Task Force on Women’s Health Issues; served as DOD representative to the Federal Interagency Committee on Breast Cancer and as DOD representative to the National Action Plan on Breast Cancer.

In 2001 Dr. Browne started a small, women, minority and veteran-owned business, Browne and Associates, Inc., which was initiated to provide preventive health and education consultant and health services management. Browne and Associates managed a two-year (2002-2004) education and prevention HIV/AIDS program among personnel in the Umbutfo Swaziland Defense Forces, Mbabane, Swaziland in Africa, serving as the Principal Investigator in partnership with the Medical Care Development International. Dr. Browne also served as the Principal Investigator for Systems Assessment Research (SAR) Corporation application to the Veterans Administration (2004-2005) for the Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 62, Training National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Hospitals Proposal.

Dr. Browne is the former director of Medical Research and Development for the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, where she was responsible for biomedical research programs for the Army and DOD. Previously, Col. Browne was director of Prevention and Standards in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, where she was responsible for analysis, review, and formulation of policies, guidelines, and programs on women's health issues; oversight of health promotion and disease prevention programs; and TRICARE preventive health benefits.

Today Dr. Browne is the senior scientific officer in the Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, in Bethesda, MD, and a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Browne is president and CEO of Browne and Associates, Incorporated, Washington, DC. She is affiliated with the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees, Intercultural Cancer Council, Leadership Washington, African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer, and Trinity Episcopal Church. Dr. Browne loves to spend her spare time playing tennis, reading, traveling and providing health education awareness programs to community groups. She has resided in Washington, DC since 1974 while a student at Georgetown. Her military career took her to El Paso in 1985 and she returned to DC in 1987.  Dr. Brown currently resides in Ward 4 and in her rare spare time she likes to play tennis and read.

Therefore, for your dedicated military service, during the war, and for your public service, Doris Browne, a proud veteran and District resident, the District of Columbia proudly salutes you!