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Today’s spotlight: Leah Brown, MD

Title: Orthopedic surgeon, Steward Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center

Dr. Brown specializes in sports medicine and treatment of the knee, shoulder and elbow. Dr. Brown attended the University of Georgia, where she was a 14- time NCAA All-American, and two-time NCAA national gymnastics champion. She was inducted into the University of Georgia’s Circle of Honor in 2016 for these accomplishments. Dr. Brown served 12 years active duty in various medical capacities for the United States Navy and is the recipient of nine military honors and awards, including the Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medal. Today, Dr. Brown continues her military service as an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. Navy Reserve. As the official Phoenix Mercury team orthopedic surgeon and orthopedic consultant for the Tempe Union High School District, she provides advanced sports medicine services for athletes at any level.

Source of pride:The first is helping to establish an all-female military trauma team while deployed in Afghanistan to treat injured Afghani women. This was a vital humanitarian component to our mission in winning the hearts and minds of the local oppressed population. The second is starting my own business, Urgently Ortho. Our mission is to provide easy access, immediate orthopedic care, after standard business hours. I am privileged to work for Steward Health Care, as we share a mission to provide exceptional orthopedic care to our patients. From a very young age, I have always found purpose in making the world a little better for someone else each day. For me success does not exist without a positive impact on others. I am passionate about helping people heal, and I will continue to work to find ways to improve quality access and increase compassionate care for as many people as I can.”

The personality trait that helped you succeed:Tenacity. When I set my mind to accomplish something I will not stop until I achieve it. I care about doing the right thing and not accepting an unacceptable status quo.”

The personality trait that got you into trouble:Tenacity. See above.”

Best childhood memory:Time with family has been and always will be important. It never mattered how much money we had, where we were or what we were doing, as long as we were having fun together. From family trips to visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles and my many cousins, to a “family field trip” utilizing the city’s new rapid transit and playing at the airport before it became a cool thing to post on social media.I was loved and was lucky to have so many people in my life to share the simple life pleasures.”