Aliya F. Browne

34 D.O. Cardiologist – Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, Flemington, N.J.

Ask Aliya Browne, doctor of osteopathic medicine, who steered her toward the sciences and she will tell you that her junior high school teachers did. ?They encouraged me to pursue medicine as a career and they exposed me to the world of medicine by enrolling me in after-school and summer school programs,? she says. Today, a board-certified clinical cardiologist and doctor of osteopathic medicine, she practices noninvasive cardiology at Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates in Flemington, N.J., and is director of the Hunterdon Cardiovascular Heart Failure Center. Becoming a physician has allowed her to pursue her ?passion of helping others,? she says.

Browne is a graduate of Temple University (B.A., 1992) and of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) in Old Westbury, N.Y. She did her residency in internal medicine at St. Barnabas Health Care System-Union Hospital in New Jersey and a fellowship in noninvasive cardiology at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, N.J. She is a member of the Association of Black Cardiologists, American Osteopathic Association, Heart Failure Society of America, a committee member of Women in Cardiology and a life member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Married and a mother of 5-year-old twins, Browne is able to balance family and career responsibilities with a discipline learned from her mother, support from her spouse and strength drawn from the Biblical passage, ?I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me?(Philippians 4:13). She says, ?My mother has always inspired me to be the best that I could be. Failure was never an option.? Her husband is her ?coach and promoter,? encouraging her to fulfill her goals and supporting her ?each step of the way,? she says.

Browne says she would travel across the country, if she had the resources, teaching women about heart disease. For now, she hopes to reach that audience through a book she is writing on heart disease in women. Her goal is to educate ?all women, especially African-American women, that the leading cause of death in America is a preventable disease.?