Leah Brown, M.D., is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and treatment of the knee, shoulder and elbow. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in genetics from the University of Georgia, where she was a 14-time NCAA All-American, and a two-time NCAA National Gymnastics Champion and was inducted into the University of Georgia’s Circle of Honor in 2016 for these accomplishments. After completing her undergraduate work, she earned a Doctor of Medicine degree at The Ohio State University/The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, followed by a General Surgery internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Her early training completed, Dr. Brown served for two years as a Battalion Surgeon (General Medical Officer) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. In 2006, she was deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she served as a Medical Aid Station Director. After returning from Iraq, Dr. Brown began a four-year residency in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Upon completing the residency, she joined the Center’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, followed by a similar position with Naval Hospital Bremerton in Bremerton, Washington. In 2012, Dr. Brown was deployed to Afghanistan as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom, where she served as Orthopaedic Surgery Department Head. She is the recipient of nine military honors and awards, including the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal and others. She continues her military service as a Navy Reservist.
Since 2013, Dr. Brown has worked as an orthopaedic surgeon and independent medical examiner in the civilian sector, while continuing to serve as an orthopaedic surgeon in the US Navy Reserves. She is a Diplomate with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a Member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Association of North America. She is fellowship trained in sports medicine, shoulder and elbow.
She completed her orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. During her fellowship, she was assistant team physician for the 2016 NFC Champions, the Carolina Panthers and athletic departments for University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. The team Orthoapedic Surgeon for the Phoenix Mercury and an official orthopaedic consultant the Tempe Union High School district.
Dr. Brown is currently accepting new patients at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute locations in Phoenix and Tempe.
Dr. Brown offers a wide variety of services, including:
- Arthroscopic knee surgery for cartilage/meniscus
- Biceps tendon repair
- Knee ligament repair/reconstruction
- Shoulder arthroscopic procedures including rotator cuff repair, labral repair, impingement and AC joint surgery
- Elbow ligament and tendon repair
- Sport medicine including sports physicals, concussions, muscle strains, sprains and cramps, frozen shoulders and joint pain, shin splints and stress fractures, sprained or twisted ankles and Achilles tendon injuries