Patrick J. Brennan, M.D.

Dr. Brennan is the Chief Medical Officer for the Penn Health System. In that capacity he oversees the development of healthcare quality and safety activities, implementation and measurement. He develops health policy related to patient safety, pharmaceutical industry relations and public disclosure of healthcare associated infections. He previously directed infection control for the Health System and the Tuberculosis Control Program of the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health. His clinical interests include healthcare associated infections, public reporting, tuberculosis and nosocomial infections and he attends on the Transplant Infectious Diseases Service. He currently Chairs HICPAC, the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee for the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services and The Sentinel Event Advisory Group for the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). In 2008 he will serve as President of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

McKibben L, Horan T, Tokars J, Fowler G, Cardo D, Pearson M, Brennan P:  Guidance on Public Reporting of Healthcare-Associated Infections:  Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee.  Am J Infect Control   33:217-26, 2005.

Weinstein RA, Siegel JD, Brennan PJ:  Infection-Control Report Cards – Securing Patient Safety.  NEJM.  353(3):225-27, July 2005.   

McKibben L, Fowler G, Horan T, Brennan P:  Ensuring rational public reporting systems for health care-associated infections:  Systematic literature review and evaluation recommendations.  Am J Infect Control 34:142-9, 2006.


Patrick J. Brennan, M.D.
21 Penn Tower
399 S. 34th  Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
(215) 615-0668

Medical School: Temple University
ID Training: University of Pennsylvania
Academic Rank: Professor of Medicine