Charlotte physician, minister and author Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown has died, according to a notice posted on the Novant Health site on November 17. She had battled cancer of the brain and kidneys.
Garmon-Brown touched countless people with her work and was a celebrated community leader, having served on the Opportunities Board. Last year, she was named a 2020 Carolinas Citizen by the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.
Alliance Board Chair Jennifer Weber said in a statement at the time: “Dr. Garmon-Brown’s work uplifts the people of our region and improves our community at large. We are impressed and grateful for his dedication to the health and economic success of all of our neighbors. â
âWhen I see someone in need, there is something in me that says I have to give back,â said Garmon-Brown in a tribute video for his recognition as recipient of the Golden Pillar Award for Junior Achievement. of Central Carolinas in 2017.
And giving back, she did.
Garmon-Brown co-founded the Charlotte Community Health Clinic, which serves poor and uninsured people. She volunteered at the Charlotte Pregnancy Center. She also traveled as a medical missionary to places such as Uganda, South Africa and Jamaica.
She is co-author of the book 2020 “The Unexpected Gift: Courage Profiles of Cancer Survivalâ, Hoping that his story and the story of others could help other people. Referring to the title of the book, she once explained, âCancer itself is not a gift, but the way you deal with it can make it.
Garmon-Brown received his medical degree in 1980 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She did her residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she was the hospital’s first African-American female family medicine resident.
After her residency, she became a physician and partner of Metrolina Family Practice and then joined the Nalle Clinic, where she rose to the position of Medical Director of Emergency Care at the Nalle Clinic. She has served as Medical Director of Presbyterian Emergency Care Centers, Medical Director of Presbyterian Company Care, Vice President of Business and Community Partnerships, and Team Physician at the Charlotte Sting. She had served as Vice President of Business and Community Partnerships and Community Benefits at Novant Health. She eventually became Senior Vice President of Medical Services at Novant Health.
Garmon-Brown also graduated from Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 2007 with an MA in Divinity. She was a member of St. Luke Baptist Missionary Church.
Garmon-Brown is survived by his two children and grandchildren.