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Joel Brenner, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiology, Fetal Cardiology, Fetal Echo, Pediatric Cardiology

Research Interests

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

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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 general cardiology and adult 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. more



  • MD, New York Medical College (1970)


  • New York Hospital / Pediatrics (1972)


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Cardiology (1977)
  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (1975)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Driscoll D, Allen HD, Atkins DL, Brenner J, et al. Guidelines for Evaluation and Management of Common Congenital Cardiac Problems in Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Circulation, 1994; 90:2180-2188.

Ellerbeck KA, Smith M, Holden EW, McMenamin S, Badawi M, Brenner JI, Kan J, Hyman S. Neurodevelopmental outcomes in children surviving d-transposition of the great arteries. J Develop and Behavioral Pediatrics, 1998; 19:335-341.

Loffredo C, Chokkalingam A, Sill AM, Boughman JA, Clark EB, Scheel J, Brenner JI. Prevalence of Congenital Cardiovascular Malformations Among 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Degree Relatives of Infants with Hypoplastic Left Heart, Coarctation of the Aorta, and d-Transposition of the Great Arteries. Accepted, Am J Med Genet, 2004; 30;124(3):225-30.

Mukherjee D, Zhang Y, Chang DC, Vricella LA, Brenner JI, Abdullah F. Outcomes analysis of necrotizing enterocolitis within 11 958 neonates undergoing cardiac surgical procedures. Arch Surg, 2010, 389-393.

Mukherjee D, Lindsay M, Zhang Y, Lardaro T, Osen H, Chang DC, Brenner JI, Abdullah F. Analysis of 8681 neonates with transposition of the great arteries: outcome with and without Rashkind balloon atrial septostomy. Cardiol Young 2010; 373-380.

Activities & Honors


  • Helen B. Taussig Award, American Heart Association (Maryland), 1996
  • Presidential Recognition Award, American Heart Association (Maryland), 1991

Professional Activities

  • President, American Heart Association (Maryland)

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