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David E. Brown, D.C. - Biography

Biographical Sketch for
Department of Health Professions Director, David E. Brown, D.C.

David E. Brown, D.C.


David E. Brown, D.C. was appointed in 2014 by Governor Terry McAuliffe and reappointed in 2018 by Governor Ralph Northam as the Director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Dr. Brown is a former member of the Virginia Board of Medicine. He served as Mayor of the City of Charlottesville between 2004 and 2008, continuing on city council until 2012. From 2012 until 2014 he was the special assistant to David Toscano, Democratic Leader of the Virginia House of Delegates. Dr. Brown began his healthcare career in 1982 when he established his chiropractic office in Charlottesville.

A former president of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, Dr. Brown was also a member of the Virginia High School League Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Additionally, from 2010 until 2012 Dr. Brown was Chief Operating Officer for Edison2, a Lynchburg-based technology start-up that won the prestigious 2010 Automotive XPRIZE for a 100 mpg car.

A native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Dr. Brown graduated from the University of Virginia in 1977, and received his chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College, in Portland, Oregon, in 1981.

An Executive Branch agency in the Health and Human Resources Secretariat, DHP is composed of Virginia’s 13 health regulatory boards, the Board of Health Professions, the Prescription Monitoring Program and the Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program. DHP licenses and regulates over 380,000 healthcare practitioners across 62 professions. The mission of the Department of Health Professions is to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.