Ivan W. Brown, Jr.

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  • Brown graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1939. He was a Markle scholar and member of the house staff of Duke Hospital from 1940 to 1942 and professor of surgery from 1945 to 1970. During World War II, Brown was captain on the surgical service of the 65th General Hospital, a Duke University army reserve unit. The unit was called to active duty in July 1942, and in the fall of 1943 was sent to England where Dr. Brown and his colleagues served as the principal medical personnel for casualties of the 8th Air Force as well as thousands of Army casualties from the war. Following his service with the 65th, Brown collected the unit's memorabilia and organized reunions. Ivan Brown also worked with engineers and Duke physicians Will Sealy, W. Glenn Young, and Wirt W. Smith to invent a blood heat exchanger for use in open-heart surgery (completed in 1957).
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  • per00011
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