Hon. Dr. Ewart F. Brown
On October 27, 2006, Dr. the Hon Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP, was elected by the ruling Progressive Labour Party Government to be the leader of the Party and the leader of the Country. On October 30, 2006, he was sworn in as the Party’s third Premier, succeeding the Hon. W. Alexander Scott JP, MP.
Premier Brown’s political career has been a fulfilling one, spanning more than three decades. He was the first appointed Minister of Transport following the General Election of November 1998 when the PLP swept to power. After the General Election in July 2003, he was returned to Government as the Minister of Transport and was also appointed as the Deputy Premier of Bermuda.
In July of 2004 following a Cabinet shuffle, Dr. Brown assumed the single Portfolio of The Ministry of Tourism and Transport, when the two Ministries were combined.
Premier Brown, a community-minded, internationally acclaimed physician, spent many years practicing medicine in the US. As Medical Director of Bermuda HealthCare Services, Premier Brown endeavors to provide Bermuda with efficient and cost-effective health care.
His most absorbing interests have been Bermuda HealthCare Services Limited of which he is Medical Director, and his constituents in Warwick. In each of these realms and from one end of Bermuda to the other, he has proven to be a counselor and friend to people across the party lines and particularly as a supporter of young people wishing to further their education.
A former resident of the United States, Premier Brown has been honoured for grassroots service to medicine and for his genuine humanitarian concerns for the wider community. Premier Brown has twice been singled out by Howard University’s College of Medicine for his coveted award for distinguished service to the college.
He received the Physicians Recognition Award in 1977 from the American Medical Association; the Grassroots Health Award from the Sons of Watts California in 1979; the Dubois Academic Institute’s Community Leadership Award in 1982; the Pacesetter Award from the NAACP in 1984; Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Marcus Garvey School in Los Angeles in 1991; and in 1993, the Scroll Award from the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.
In 1993, Premier Brown decided to make Bermuda the focal point of his expertise. He had previously operated the Vermont-Century Medical Clinic in Los Angeles, California.
Ewart Frederick Brown was born in Bermuda in 1946 to Ewart Sr. and Helene Brown of Flatts. He attended primary and secondary schools in Bermuda. In 1966 he represented Bermuda at the Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica where he ran the 400 meters and 1600 meter relay.
Ewart Brown graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. with a B.Sc. Degree in Chemistry. Four years later, he received his M.D. from Howard College of Medicine. He also earned a M.P.H. with an emphasis on Child Health, Maternal family Population Control and International Health from the University of California at Los Angeles.
He is a certified Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice, a Diplomat of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and served as Vice President of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists. He was the driving force behind the Bermuda Times newspaper.
Premier Brown is a member of several professional organisations and has held such significant positions as Trustee of Howard University and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; Assistant Professor in the Department of Family
Practice at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; Director, Marcus Garvey School in Los Angeles, California; Vice President of the Union of American Physician and Dentist (California Federation), and Member of the Editorial Board of Feeling Good magazine.
Premier Brown is a former member of the Board of Directors of Marina Hills Hospital in Los Angeles, California; a former physician consultant of Rev. Jesse Jackson who was a 1988 US Presidential candidate; a former member of the California State Commission on Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; and a founding Commissioner of the Board of Prevention Commissioners for South Central Los Angeles Regional Centre for Development Disabilities.
He is a Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Western Park Hospital in California and has also served as Director of Quality Assurance for the Los Angeles Doctor’s Hospital; as Student Body President of Howard University, Washington D.C.; as Chairman of the Minority Group Affairs of the Student American Medical Association and as a Coordinator of the Summer Health Task Force of the National Urban Coalition in Washington D.C.; as Chairman of the Utilization Review Committee, West Adams Hospital, Los Angeles, California; and as Secretary of the Charles R Drew Medical Society in Los Angeles.
Premier Brown is a member of the National Medical Association; American College of Utilization Review Physicians; Golden State Medical Association; American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians; American Public Health Association; Charles R. Drew Medical Society and the National Medical Association Council on Medical Legislation.
Premier Brown is married to Wanda Henton Brown, and has four sons: Kevin, Maurice, Ewart III, and Donovan. In his spare time, the Premier enjoys travelling, exercising and golf.