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Joel Brenner, MD

Director of Pediatric Cardiology
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

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  • Director of Pediatric Cardiology
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Centers & Institutes

  • Children's Center
  • Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Helen B. Taussig Children's Congenital Heart Center


Congenital Heart Disease - Adult, Fetal Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology

Research Interests

Community-based specialty care delivery; Epidemiology of congenital heart disease; Fetal cardiology; Fetal echo


Dr. Joel I. Brenner is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Brenner, the Helen B. Taussig Professor and a member of the Baltimore medical community for 34 years, joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1999.

He is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist who serves as the director of Pediatric Cardiology and as director of the Helen B. Taussig Congenital Heart Center at Johns Hopkins. He also leads the pediatric cardiology program at Baltimore’s Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai.

His special interests include community-based specialty care delivery, fetal cardiology, and the epidemiology of congenital heart disease.

Dr. Brenner earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed a pediatrics residency at New York Hospital and a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty, he served as the Director of Pediatric Cardiology and President of the Medical Staff at the University of Maryland Hospital.

The author or co-author of over 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles, Dr. Brenner has been listed seven times among Baltimore’s top doctors. He was awarded the Presidential Recognition Award in 1991. The Maryland affiliate of the American Heart Association awarded him the Helen B. Taussig Award in 1996. He also served as President of the affiliate.


  • English


President, American Heart Association (Maryland)

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  • Education +


    • New York Medical College (Valhalla NY ) (1970)


    • New York Hospital / Pediatrics (New York NY ) (1972)


    • Yale - New Haven Hospital / Pediatric Cardiology (New Haven CT ) (1974)


    • Pediatric Cardiology, American Board of Pediatrics (1977)
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (1975)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Caswell SV, Cortes N, Chabolla M, Ambegaonkar JP, Caswell AM, Brenner JS. “State-specific differences in school sports preparticipation physical evaluation policies.” Pediatrics. 2015 Jan;135(1):26-32. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1451. Epub 2014 Dec 22.
    2. Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, Brooks A, Loud KJ, Brenner JS, Demorest RA, Halstead ME, Kelly AK, Koutures CG, LaBella CR, LaBotz M, Martin SS, Moffatt K. “Reducing injury risk from body checking in boys' youth ice hockey.” Pediatrics. 2014 Jun;133(6):1151-7. Review.
    3. LaBella CR, Hennrikus W, Hewett TE; Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, and Section on Orthopaedics. “Anterior cruciate ligament injuries: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.” Pediatrics. 2014 May;133(5):e1437-50. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-0623.
    4. DiFiori JP, Benjamin HJ, Brenner JS, Gregory A, Jayanthi N, Landry GL, Luke A. “Overuse injuries and burnout in youth sports: a position statement from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.” Br J Sports Med. 2014 Feb;48(4):287-8. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-093299. Review. No abstract available.
    5. Nies M, Brenner JI. “Tetralogy of Fallot: epidemiology meets real-world management: lessons from the Baltimore-Washington Infant Study.” Cardiol Young. 2013 Dec;23(6):867-70. doi: 10.1017/S1047951113001698.
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    Helen B. Taussig Award, American Heart Association (Maryland), 1996

    Presidential Recognition Award, American Heart Association (Maryland), 1991

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