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David Brenner, M.D., Dean, UCSD School of Medicine

April 21, 2011
03 minutes
David Brenner


David Brenner, M.D., a distinguished physician-scientist, is Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. In this role, Dr. Brenner leads the UC San Diego School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UCSD Medical Center and UCSD Medical Group. Dr. Brenner is a leader in the field of gastroenterological research, specializing in diseases of the liver. He is widely respected as a translational scientist whose work bridges the laboratory and clinical settings. He has focused on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of fibrotic liver disease and the genetic basis of liver disorders as the foundation for improving prevention and treatment of liver disease. He is recognized as an outstanding clinician and teacher. For five years he was Editor-in-Chief of Gastroenterology, the premier journal in the field. He was recruited to UC San Diego from the Columbia University Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons, where from 2003-2007 he was Samuel Bard Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, a Member of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, a Member of the Columbia University Institute of Nutrition, and Physician-in-Chief of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. He earned his M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine. After completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Medical Center, he served as a research associate in the Genetics and Biochemistry Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. He first joined UC San Diego in 1985 as a gastroenterology fellow, later joining the medical school faculty, and serving as a physician at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. He also served as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences and a Clinical Investigator in the VA system. In 1993 he became Professor and Chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he continued to earn accolades for his patient care and research.