Cooley Dickinson’s interim president an Amherst native


Staff Writer
Published: 3/3/2021 8:12:17 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts General Hospital’s chief of emergency medicine, and a 1981 Amherst Regional High School graduate, will assume the role of interim president and chief executive officer at Cooley Dickinson Health Care on Monday.

Dr. David F.M. Brown, a member of Cooley Dickinson’s board of trustees since 2013, takes over for Joanne Marqusee, who is stepping down after seven years at the helm of the Northampton hospital.

“I’ve seen the progress this organization made under Joanne Marqusee’s leadership and I’m looking forward to building on her legacy,” Brown said in a statement.

Brown, who also has served for many years as the physician for the New England Patriots football team, will be overseeing the hospital for what is likely to be several months during the search for a new CEO. The recruitment process will include a diverse search committee and slate of candidates for consideration.

“Dr. Brown’s personal and professional connections to Cooley Dickinson, along with his leadership experience and position at the MGH, offer Cooley Dickinson an extremely capable, respected leader during the transition,” said CDH board Chairman Fraser Beede.

Mass General President Dr. Peter Slavin observed that Brown is an ideal interim CEO as he knows the community, is knowledgeable about Cooley Dickinson and Mass General, and brings management and leadership experience.

“David is someone who is a wise, thoughtful and creative decision-maker and problem-solver,” Slavin said.

Brown will continue to oversee the emergency medicine department and maintain major administrative and committee roles at Mass General and Mass General Brigham. Already, he has been meeting with Marqusee and other senior leaders at Cooley Dickinson.

Brown is the son of Dr. Norman Brown and Eva Brown of Amherst, who continue to live in the same Amherst home where they raised their three children.

The salutatorian of his high school class in 1981, Brown was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by his father, a retired gastroenterologist who practiced for nearly 30 years at Northampton Internal Medicine Associates and was part of Cooley Dickinson’s medical staff.

“When I think about why people choose Cooley Dickinson, it’s personal for me,” Brown said. “Why do my parents, my brother, my nieces and nephews get their health care at Cooley? It’s because Cooley provides the personal touch in the place that they need it, when they need it, for the vast majority of the care they need.”

After receiving his undergraduate degree at Princeton and then his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989, Brown began his career in emergency medicine as an intern at Mass General. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

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