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Panelist: Carolyn Britton, MD
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Carolyn Britton, MD

Associate Professor, Clinical Neurology
Columbia University Medical Center 

Dr. Carolyn Barley Britton is associate professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and associate attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She also is the current president-elect of the Board of Trustees of the National Medical Association, where she is involved in the association’s Health Literacy and Cultural Competency campaigns and training programs. 

Dr. Britton received an M.D. from New York University, where she also received an M.S. in Microbiology (Virology). She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia University affiliation, followed by a residency in neurology and a research fellowship in neurovirology at the Neurological Institute. 

Dr. Britton is a recognized expert in neurovirology and infectious/inflammatory diseases of the nervous system. For more than 20 years, she has worked tirelessly to support funding for AIDS clinical trials, the training of minority and women clinical researchers, and the inclusion of minority populations and women in clinical trials. 

Her work at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases helped produce the changes in federal clinical research guidelines to require inclusion of women and minorities, and to expand clinical trials in the community. She was among the first to describe the neurologic complications of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and is a recognized authority on a rare viral complication, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. 

Dr. Britton has been a visiting lecturer in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. She has held leadership positions in several professional organizations and boards, including Board of Trustees NMA, American Academy of Neurology, the Governor’s Task Force on AIDS (New York), and the Manhattan Central Medical Society. 

Dr. Britton was recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Black and Latin Student Organization at Columbia University. She was listed among “New York’s Best Doctors” in New York magazine in 1996 and 2006, Castle-Connolly Best Doctors in New York Metro area 2003 through 2007, and Best Doctors in America 2004 through 2007. She also was profiled in The Network Journal in 2007 as one of the Top Black Physicians. 

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