Dr. Mark Brown, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
Dr. Mark Brown, M.D.
Dr. Brown first joined the American Lung Association in Arizona in 1996 and has been consistently active in a variety of roles for the past 20 years. However, his first encounter with Asthma Camp was in 1986 when he was a resident at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He was the medical director for the asthma camp put on by the American Lung Association in Oklahoma. His most prominent and long-lasting role has been serving as Camp Medical Director for Camp Not-A-Wheeze in Arizona for 20 years. As Medical Director Dr. Brown is the final decision maker on medical related issues from how the infirmary is run to whether or not a camper in question should attend camp based on medical need. He will reach out to camper’s primary physicians to get a better sense of the child’s overall health history and keep ALA staff and Camp Committee up-to-date on the latest protocols and treatments. Dr. Brown attends Camp each summer serving as the Camp Physician and can be found in the infirmary for whatever need we might have. He might change a child’s asthma management regimen based on what he can observe at Camp and will notify the child’s primary care provider of the changes. Dr. Brown also assists the committee with volunteer and parent orientations which is critical for setting expectations early for both groups and extending our asthma education to these two crucial groups.
Why do you volunteer for the American Lung Association?
Being a pediatric pulmonologist, I am focused on ensuring that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential without be hindered by respiratory disorders. As an organization, the ALA has a very long, very impressive record of accomplishments in multiple arenas, supporting research, public policy advocacy, education and patient/family support. This has only been possible because of dedicated, hard working leadership and staff at all levels, all of whom inspire me to partner with them in promoting lung health.
Why are you compelled to serve in a leadership position?
I see any leadership role as having two overarching aims. Certainly it is the responsibility of the leader to move the effort forward, to guide the group in reaching their goal. But it is just as important to mentor those within the group who have leadership potential to ensure that the fight will go on.
What do you love about Camp Not-A-Wheeze?
CNAW empowers children not only in relation to their asthma, but also with life skills that they can use to overcome any challenge they may face. This is made possible because a large group of very dedicated professionals, both ALA staff and medical volunteers, make these children their sole focus for one week. That convergence of incredible levels of energy, knowledge, skill and commitment is awe inspiring to
Mark is a pediatric pulmonologist and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. He is the Director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Center and Medical Director of the Banner University Medical Group Children's Sub-Specialty Center. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School - Houston, completed pediatric residency and served as Chief Resident at the University of Oklahoma and completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at the University of Arizona. His primary interest is childhood asthma.