Daniel Noyes Brown Scholars Program

Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program

The Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program, a joint venture between the Center for Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, offers a structured longitudinal experience at community-based outpatient sites with supervision by the same group of faculty at that practice over four years.

" The program has provided me with insight into the myriad of opportunities for research and publication in primary care as well as the knowledge of untapped community resources for building health care related partnerships"

This selective does not involve extra coursework; instead, it affords the critical advantage of having clinical experiences (first year clinical practice clerkship, physical diagnosis course experience, Primary Care Clerkship, and Pediatric Clerkship-outpatient block) take place at the same sites with a small group of outstanding faculty from the Department of Pediatrics and the Center for Family and Community Medicine. You will have the advantage of a true mentoring experience with faculty in these critical courses.

During the fourth year, the program provides students with funds to work on a project in Primary Care/Community Health, chosen by the student and a faculty mentor. This project can fulfill the required fourth year scholarly project or can be a supplemental project for the students.

See current students here.

See examples of past projects.

"I am grateful for consistent mentorship across all four years and the interaction with students in different years who share similar values"

"Working in the same clinic for several years gave me the opportunity to see the same patients more than once and to appreciate the cultural and social context of the Washington Heights Community"

History of the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Program

The program is funded by a private endowment to the School of Medicine in honor of Dr. Brown.  Dr. Brown was a graduate of the Class of 1932 at P & S medical school as well as of the intern and residency training programs at Columbia-Presbyterian, completing a specialization in internal medicine. Until World War II, he was in private practice as an internist in New York City and during the war, he served in a Presbyterian medical unit providing medical back up to the Allied troops which was first based in the then-Belgian Congo and then later in North Africa and France. In 1946 at the end of World War II, he, along with several other medical colleagues, including some from his war-time medical unit, founded the first medical group practice in New York State with the goal of providing the best comprehensive medical care to a community which had previously only had access to “general practitioners” (licensed physicians without residency training). As an internist within a group of other specialists, he served as the primary point of care.  Over 60 years later, the Mt. Kisco medical group, which is located 35 miles north of New York City in Westchester county, is thriving with over 270 primary care and specialty physicians.

Dr. Brown’s wife, Mary Thatcher Brown, and his daughter, Cynthia Brown Lloyd, were major donors to the endowment along with numerous grateful patients, friends and family members. In recent years, since the death of Dr. Brown’s widow, his daughter, Cynthia, has taken a special interest in the management of the endowment, in particular assuring that the goals of the program in its current form stay true to its original intention which was that students be encouraged to pursue primary care medicine, and that they be taught the values and dedication to patient care that her father exemplified throughout his career.


M. Christine Krause, MD,  is a Baylor trained general pediatrician who works as a clinical educator in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child and Adolescent Health.  She is devoted to teaching primary care pediatrics to medical students and residents while maintaining her own practice at the Rangel Clinic in the Ambulatory Care Network of New York Presbyterian Hospital.  She is an enthusiastic co-director of the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program for CUMC which offers students a longitudinal instructional and mentored experience with primary care faculty during their 4 years of medical school.   She also serves on the clinical leadership committee in her division and is able to lead and participate in innovative clinical initiatives at her site.  She was selected as the Teacher of the Year by the pediatrics residency program in 2006 and is a member of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators.

Mary Anne J. Nidiry, MD, graduated from George Washington University Medical School and did her residency in internal medicine at University of Michigan Medical School.  She has been the medical director of the Rangel Clinic of the ACNC of NYPH since 2007.  She is also interested in both medical student and medical resident teaching.  She is a preceptor for the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Seminars course of first and second year medical students.   Since 2009, she has also precepted a Foundations of Clinical Medicine Tutorials group.  She coordinates and participates actively in intern report for the internal medicine resident rotation at the Allen Pavilion.  Her interests include medical education,  patient centered care, and medical resource utilization. 

Heather Paladine, MD, attended Columbia College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.  She then completed a residency in Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and went on to do a fellowship in Maternal and Children's Health Care.  She is the Residency Director at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Family Medicine Residency Program and also co-directs the Daniel Noyes Brown Primary Care Scholars Program.  Her interests include reproductive health, technology in health care, and medical education.