Community Physician Award

Named after George Sorrells, Jr., MD (’62), the Community Physician Award recognizes distinguished service in community practice. To be eligible for the award, physicians must have graduated with a medical degree or completed a residency or fellowship at IU School of Medicine. Both practicing and retired alumni are considered.

2017 Recipient

Terry Brown, MD (MD Class of ’77) had a dream that was idyllic as it was humble: Attend medical school, become a doctor and raise a family in his hometown. Forty years later, few would dispute his journey has been anything but a success.

Today, Dr. Brown has not only carried out a successful career in obstetrics and gynecology, but he’s been a staunch and enduring advocate for expanding the IU School of Medicine’s presence in southern Indiana.

He left Jasper to attend Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1973. Yet he didn’t trek farther north to Indianapolis for medical school. Instead, he was among the first students to attend IU School of Medicine’s regional campus in Evansville. His residency would eventually take him to the Circle City, but he promptly returned to Dubois County and Memorial Hospital and Health Center to start his practice – one where he delivered more than 6,300 children over 35 years.

His work also took him to Loogootee, where he offered expanded care to its Amish residents. “For Dr. Brown, caring for the patient always came first and foremost,” said Dr. Kyle Rapp, a Mt. Vernon physician.

He’s also made it a priority to take a role in medical education as a volunteer clinical faculty member at the IU School of Medicine—Evansville and hosting fourth-year students in his clinic since 1985. In the past five years, Dr. Brown has been heavily involved in the Evansville campuses expansion at a new facility in the heart of downtown. He has also been a champion and key player in expanding residency slots at Memorial Hospital in Jasper and three other medical centers in southwest Indiana.

“None of this would have happened without Dr. Brown’s passion, engagement and concern for medical education and making sure we have an adequate supply of physicians for the future,” said Ray Snowden, board chairperson for Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Brown is also an active member in the IU School of Medicine Alumni Association; he served as president from 2011 until 2013.