Lorrel Brown, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine
Lorrel Brown, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine

Lorrel Brown, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine, has been named recipient of the 2018 Trustees Award. The award is given each year by the trustees to recognize faculty who have made significant contributions to student life.

“Dr. Lorrel Brown is … a standout amongst the School of Medicine’s clinical educators,” said Raymond Burse, chair of the Trustees Award Committee. “Just this year, she was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Educator Award and the Golden Apple Teaching Award given to one faculty member by medical students.”

Burse read from her nomination: “Dr. Brown’s resume is impressive, but the intangible contributions she has made to our student body are accomplishments not easily tallied on a CV. She is a true leader and humanistic mentor. She carries herself with dignity, solves problems with careful deliberation, brings people together, and meets challenges without hesitation.”

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Brown has been on the UofL faculty since 2014. As the Trustees Award winner, she will receive $5,000 and a plaque recognizing her achievement. She also will be recognized at Commencement Friday.

She was among 15 finalists for the award. Trustee Bonita Black described the selection process as tough and lauded all the nominees, who she called “very strong.”

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