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Joel Brenner, M.D.

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Director of Pediatric Cardiology

Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Expertise: 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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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
Appointment Phone: 410-955-6666

601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-5987
Fax: 410-614-1168

Johns Hopkins Cardiology - GBMC
Appointment Phone: 410-955-6666

6701 N. Charles Street
Suite 5104
Baltimore, MD 21204 map
Phone: 410-955-5987

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)
Appointment Phone: 410-955-6666

1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-6746


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. more


  • Director of Pediatric Cardiology
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions



  • 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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