P&S Journal: Fall 1994, Vol.14, No.3
Jay Brown, M.D.
Dr. Jay Brown, associate clinical professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at Harlem Hospital Center, died Feb. 28, 1994, in Los Angeles at age 50.
A graduate of NYU's medical school, Dr. Brown devoted his professional career to the health care of residents of central Harlem. He established the Harlem Hospital Center's state-of-the-art acute coronary care unit to treat cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in central Harlem.
As project director for the Heart of Harlem Healthy Heart Program, Dr. Brown developed innovative approaches to preventing cardiovascular disease in minority communities, including health promotion activities based in churches, communitywide education on cable television, parades, billboard messages, and the introduction of heart-healthy products and menu items in community grocery stores and restaurants. He also was involved in establishing cardiac care standards and policies in New York City and New York State.
Dr. Brown was past president of the Association of Black Cardiologists, a member of the Cardiac Advisory Committee of the New York State Department of Health, a member of the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiac Care Committee, and a fellow in the American College of Cardiology.
A P&S faculty member since 1973, his research documented the effect of sickle-cell disease and hypertension on cardiac function and led to other unique observations.