Melissa Brown (politician)
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Melissa Brown attended Keuka College and graduated with a B.S. in Nursing in 1972. With a strong interest in education, she has been on the Keuka College Board of Trustees since 1992 and was elected chair in 2010. She subsequently received her Masters Degree in Nursing from Emory University and then taught on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.
She returned to Thomas Jefferson University where she earned her M.D. in 1982. After an internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital, she completed a residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital. Brown obtained her MBA in Strategic Management from Saint Joseph's University's Haub School of Business in 1998. She is an adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Medical Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
She considered a run in 2000, but withdrew in favor of State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf.
In 2002, she again ran in the primary for U.S. House. Her main opponent was Al Taubenberger, a resident of Northeast Philadelphia. Running with the support of both the Montgomery County and Philadelphia GOP committees, she won the nomination with 56% of the vote.
Since the last election, Brown has returned to her medical practice and lecture work.
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