| July 11, 2001
P.J. Brennan, MD, Named Chief of
Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety for the University
of Pennsylvania Health System
MD, has been named Chief of Healthcare Quality and Patient
Safety for the University of Pennsylvania Health System,
effective immediately. He will continue to serve as
a Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases specialist.
As Chief of Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety, he
will lead the Health System's initiatives in the areas
of patient safety and satisfaction. This will include
coordinating the efforts of each of the System's entities
to focus on creating a safer environment for patients,
families, visitors and staff. He will also direct the
Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Improvement Department,
with the goal of maintaining the highest level of quality
patient care while reducing wasteful resource utilization
and unnecessarily long hospital stays. In addition,
Brennan will direct Quality Initiatives specific to
Penn Medical Center.
After earning his medical degree from Temple University
School of Medicine, Brennan took his residency in Internal
Medicine at Temple University Hospital, where he also
served as chief resident. He came to Penn in 1986, on
a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. Two years later,
he joined the Penn faculty as an Assistant Professor
of Medicine. In 1990, Brennan became the Hospital Epidemiologist
at Penn Medical Center, a position he held until this
latest appointment. In 1992, he became associated with
the Health System's Home Care Programs, initially as
an Associate Medical Director and in 1996, as the Medical
Director of Penn Home Infusion Therapy. He currently
chairs the Infection Control Committee at Penn, a position
he has held previously at both Presbyterian Medical
Center and the Veterans Administration. Since 1997 Brennan
has chaired the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
He is also the Chair-elect of the Center's Medical Board
and will assume the Chair in July, 2002.
For the past 10 years, Brennan has been involved in
public health efforts to treat tuberculosis and related
conditions, dealing actively with both patients and
the infection control implications of the disease. In
1997, he was named both Director of the Tuberculosis
Control Program of the Philadelphia Department of Public
Health and the Tuberculosis Consultant for the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. The following year under Brennan's
direction, the Tuberculosis Control Program established
the Lawrence Flick Clinic for the Treatment of Tuberculosis.
Brennan plans to continue his work in this area.
Brennan is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society
of America and the Philadelphia College of Physicians.
He is also a member of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists
of America. He serves on national committees for several
professional organizations, including The Program Director's
Committee and the Tuberculosis Committee of the Infectious
Diseases Society of America.
Brennan lives with his wife, Ann, and their three children
in Havertown, PA.
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a photo of Dr. Brennan.
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