Maude Brown Lofton, MD was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. While at Spelman, she was Vice President of her junior class and President of her senior class. Following graduation from Spelman, she was the first African American to be accepted into a medical technology internship in the city of Jacksonville. She worked in the field for eight years before pursuing further education. Dr. Lofton received her Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. She did her pediatric residency at the University Hospital in Jacksonville which later formerly became Shands-Jacksonville, the urban campus for the University of Florida, College of Medicine. At the end of the first year of her three year training program, she was selected to be Chief Resident. At her recommendation, the position was elevated to that of the level of junior faculty. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Lofton joined the University of Florida College of Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and was invited to serve on the Admissions Committee.
While living in Jacksonville, Dr. Lofton, served on the Mayor’s Commission for Children and Youth; the Governor’s Commission on Children and Youth for the State of Florida; and, wrote a weekly column for the Jacksonville Advocate Newspaper. Dr. Lofton received numerous awards and commendations for her child and family advocacy from the city of Jacksonville, area churches, the Jacksonville Urban League, the NAACP, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is an alumnus of Leadership Jacksonville and was recently invited back to the city to be the keynote speaker for the 34th Annual Mental Health & the Black Community Conference, sponsored by Northwest Behavioral Health Services, Inc., Edward Waters College and Community Partners. She was on the faculty of the Howard University Hospital and the University of Alabama College of Medicine at Birmingham, where she pursued advanced training in Child Development; and served on the admissions committee. She is an alumnus of Leadership Birmingham and was awarded the 1998 “Children’s Advocate Award” by the Children’s Resources Agency. She was also on the faculty of the University of Louisville College of Medicine. Dr. Lofton’s professional career was highlighted in the Sept. 3, 2007 edition of the American Hospital Association News. Dr. Lofton’s attitude towards life is a philosophy of being “forever young.” Her focus is now on supporting health and education programs for youth, especially leadership development for girls and young women; and women’s health and wellness. She has founded the 4Ever Young Foundation to support her efforts. To date, the Foundation has distributed more than $100,000 to worthy programs and causes. In Denver, she provides continuing support to Opening Act, a theater program founded to provide coaching, nurturing, support and mentorship to young women of color; and, Big Hair Bigger Dreams, a program that helps African American high school girls realize their potential.
A longstanding member of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), Dr. Lofton retired from the active practice of medicine in 2002 after moving to Denver, Colorado, where she now resides. She attends New Hope Baptist Church, Reverend Eugene Downing, Pastor. A Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Dr. Lofton is the Chairman of the Board of CourMed, a Dallas, TX based start-up health information company. The principal own- er of Lofton Enterprises, L.L.C., Dr. Lofton is currently developing a mixed commercial residential project in the “historic cultural district” of Denver know as “5- Points.”
She is an avid recreational tennis player, enjoys skiing, pickle ball, bowling, gardening, reading and has recently taken up golf. She has two children, Johanna (Clay) and Kevin Russell (Niki); and three grandchildren, Jaylen, Marcel and Zaria.