Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health Names Dr. Marilyn A. Fraser Chief Executive Officer

Aug 22, 2016

Dr. Ruth C. Browne Departs After 23 Years of Leadership and Service


Marilyn A. Fraser, MD, has been named chief executive officer of The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH), succeeding Ruth C. Browne, ScD, MPP, MPH, founding chief executive officer of AAIUH, who has accepted a new position as president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House New York.

In her role as deputy executive director at AAIUH, Dr. Fraser has had institutional oversight and leads the Institute's community outreach and research portfolio of work. An accomplished scholar, Dr. Fraser serves as director of the Community Engagement Core of the NIH-funded Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, a partnership between SUNY Downstate Medical Center, AAIUH, and the Brooklyn Borough President's Office. Dr. Fraser has received various awards, including the Health Award from the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. In addition, Dr. Fraser received the Innovator Award from the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center at their 2014 Gala. In 2015, Dr. Fraser was selected to serve on the Collaboration/Engagement Domain Task Force, a component of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Consortium, one of the National Institutes of Health’s largest and most important initiatives. She has presented her work at scientific meetings, nationally and internationally, and is co-author on several publications.

Under Dr. Browne’s leadership, AAIUH gained national recognition as a pioneer in developing culturally competent health programs that address racial, ethnic and gender disparities in health. Her efforts to advance the Ashe legacy through the Institute extended its reach as a best practice leader in interventions that improved health and educational outcomes for multi-ethnic populations on the local, national, and international level. Dr. Browne has been the chief architect of the Institute's partnership with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, including the Health Science Academy and the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. Over two decades, she has incubated model programs, tested their effectiveness, and replicated these interventions in other parts of the country and abroad.

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About The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, located in multiethnic Brooklyn, was founded in 1992 by tennis champion and humanitarian, Arthur Ashe. Since its inception, the Institute has collaborated with community members to reduce morbidity and mortality from disease through improved access to care and increased health knowledge among the most vulnerable populations in urban, underserved areas. The Institute collaborates with community members to design, incubate and replicate neighborhood-based interventions that address health conditions that disproportionately affect minorities, reduce health disparities, improve outcomes for underserved groups and better prepare a more inclusive workforce. The Institute shares its founder’s values of justice, service, inclusiveness and excellence and recognizes access to quality healthcare as a basic right for all. For additional information, visit:



About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.