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Pioneer Celebrates 25 Years Of Caring For Bahamian Hearts

By DONITRA DAVIS

DR CONVILLE Brown, a pioneer in the field of cardiology in The Bahamas and the Caribbean, yesterday celebrated his 25th anniversary as cardiologist and physician-in-chief at the Bahamas Heart Centre.

For his considerable contributions to the health industry in The Bahamas, Dr Brown has been nominated for the Health Award in the Bahamian Icon Awards on July 15. He has been the driving force behind the Bahamas Heart Centre, which he founded in July, 1990. As founder, director and physician-in-chief, 56-year-old Dr Brown has helped the centre build a reputation for healthcare excellence.

Graduating at 16 from the Government High School in 1975, the Nassau-born Dr Brown furthered his education in Canada at Acadia University and Dalhousie University, and then in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies. In December 1982, he received the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree (MBBS) from the UWI.

When Dr Brown returned to The Bahamas in July, 1990, after his residency and fellowship training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Newark Beth Israel Medical Centre, he was the youngest qualified internist and cardiologist in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. He received certification in November, 1991, from the American Board of Internal Medicine, in cardiovascular disease. In March, 1994, he was the first Bahamian to be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and later became a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC).

Dr Brown has been involved in developing many medical enterprises, including the Bahamas Interventional Cardiology Centre at Doctors Hospital, The Sunrise Medical Centre-Hospital Complex in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and the Medical Pavilion Bahamas. The Cancer Centre Bahamas (TCCB), is to date, the only radiation therapy centre in the world holding an accreditation by the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) outside North America.

Dr Brown led a team of professionals and performed the first cardiac stem cell treatment on a medical tourist in The Bahamas at the Bahamas Interventional Cardiology Centre (BICC), Doctors Hospital. In January this year, he was recognised for his invaluable contributions to the stem cell industry by Prime Minister Perry Christie.

He has also been recognised for his contributions by the Medical Association of The Bahamas in 1999 and 2004, when he was selected and dubbed “a legend in the field of medicine in the Bahamas”. He was Jones Communications Network’s Civil Society Person of The Year in 2009. He is a long-serving member and trustee of the Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation, former president of the Caribbean Cardiac Society and Council, and consultant cardiologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital and Doctors Hospital.

Dr Brown is married to Dr Corinne Sin Quee-Brown, a paediatric hematologist and oncologist, and they have three children, Conville Stephan, Corey Samuel and Chelsea Samantha. He is a member of the congregation at the Church of Christ the King in Ridgeland Park West.

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