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Cynthia H. Brown, M.D.

Recipient of the 2019 Hettie Butler Terry Community Service Award

Published Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:00 am

Dr. Cynthia Brown chose obstetrics and gynecology to have the opportunity to care for women of all ages with a broad range of health needs. She truly enjoys coming to know women from all walks of life, supporting their wellness efforts, and sharing their health challenges. Dr. Brown is interested in both preventative care and advanced areas of practice including high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgery.

After completing residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Brown returned to Birmingham to join Sparks and Favor. Her career honors include Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and recognition by her colleagues as one of Birmingham’s Best Doctors in America® continuously since 2006. Her patients have chosen her to receive AL.com’s annual Parents’ Choice honors for both Obstetrics and Gynecology many times. She has served her profession at Jefferson County Medical Society on their Board and on the Ethics Committee.

While her professional career is exemplary, she has been dedicated to community service throughout her life. During medical school, she was active in the United Way Suicide Prevention Program, staffing a hotline weekly. She also designed and implemented a program called “kNOw AIDS” in which medical students provided AIDS education to more than 2,000 students in community schools, an effort supported by the JCMS. As a 4th year medical student, she spent a pivotal 3 months in Ogbomoso, Nigeria, with her OBGYN father, providing gynecologic care to the local community. Following the examples set by her parents, she and her family are regular volunteers at the Center for Concern, an organization that serves those in crisis, and Firehouse Shelter for homeless men.

Most recently, Dr. Brown is thrilled to be involved with the Siloe Medical Clinic in Petit Goave, Haiti. She has been leading a medical team to implement a comprehensive women’s care strategy in the critically under-served community. While this clinic has provided care to the community for 40 years, her team has added and is growing gynecologic care. Next month, she will lead a team of 20 for a women’s week, adding cervical cancer prevention, sonogram and women’s health education. Their goals are twofold: empowering and educating local
caregivers as well as providing women’s care.

Dr. Brown and her family enjoy everything outdoors. She was nominated for this award by her colleague, Dr. Jimmy Sparks.

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