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Dr. David Brenner

Dr. David Brenner

David Brenner is vice chancellor for health sciences at University of California San Diego. In this role, he leads the School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and UC San Diego Health. A distinguished physician-scientist and leader in the field of gastroenterological research, Brenner first joined UC San Diego Health in 1985 as a gastroenterology fellow, later returning to become part of the School of Medicine faculty and a physician at Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System.

Brenner also served as a Pew Scholar in biomedical sciences and a clinical investigator in the VA system. He was previously professor and chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was recruited to UC San Diego Health from Columbia University Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons, where from 2003 to 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.

Brenner’s professional memberships include the American Society for Clinical Investigation; the Association of American Physicians, for which he is currently President-Elect; the American College of Physicians; the American Gastroenterological Association; and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He is also on the board of directors of two philanthropic foundations: the AlphaOne Foundation and the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation. Brenner has published numerous scholarly papers and served on multiple editorial boards. He earned his medical degree 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 Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).