National Medical Association Professional Development Series

Carolyn Barley Britton, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Britton received an M.D. from New York University, where she also received an M.S. in Microbiology (Virology). She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia University affiliation, followed by a residency in neurology and a research fellowship in neurovirology at the Neurological Institute.

Dr. Britton is a recognized expert in neurovirology and infectious/inflammatory diseases of the nervous system. For many years, she worked tirelessly to support funding for AIDS clinical trials, the training of minority and women clinical researchers, and the inclusion of minority populations and women in clinical trials. She also worked on programs to increase the number of underrepresented populations in medical school training and on legislative initiatives to increase health care access to under-resourced, marginalized populations and all Americans.

Her work at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases helped produce the changes in federal clinical research guidelines to require inclusion of women and minorities, and to expand clinical trials in the community. She was among the first to describe the neurologic complications of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and is a recognized authority on a rare viral complication, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy.

Dr. Britton has been a visiting lecturer in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. She has held leadership positions in several professional organizations and boards, including Board of Trustees NMA, American Academy of Neurology, the Governor’s Task Force on AIDS (New York), Manhattan Central Medical Society and the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation.

Dr. Britton was recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Black and Latin Student Organization at Columbia University. She was listed among “New York’s Best Doctors” in New York magazine in 1996 and 2006, Castle-Connolly Best Doctors in New York Metro area since 2003 and currently, and Best Doctors in America since 2004 and currently. She has been profiled in The Network Journal and Ebony Magazine as one of the Top Black Physicians.