Jay Brown, chief of cardiology at Harlem Hospital Center and associate professor of medicine at Columbia, died Feb. 28 in Los Angeles, of HIV-related causes. He was 50.
For over 25 years, Brown, a graduate of Rutgers and N.Y.U. Medical School, devoted his professional life to the health care of the residents of Central Harlem.
As a member of the department of medicine at Harlem Hospital Center and chief of its Cardiology division, Brown established its state-of-the-art acute coronary care unit for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in Central Harlem.
His association with Harlem Hospital dated from 1968. He joined Columbia in 1973.
Herbert Pardes, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Faculty of Medicine, said that "Dr. Brown's death is a great loss not only for all of us at Columbia, Harlem Hospital Center and in the Harlem community, but for the entire medical community as well."
Brown is survived by his seven brothers and his long-time companion, Jeffrey Tennyson.
(Columbia University Record, March 11, 1994)