David A. Brenner, M.D.

David Brenner, M.D.

David A. Brenner, M.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Donald Bren Chief Executive Chair

David Brenner's Research Focus

Liver Diseases
Apoptosis and Cell Death

Clinical Trials

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Adult Liver Study
Start Date: Dec 2013
Estimated Completion Date: Sep 2023
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Condition(s): Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency


Research Activities and Funding

  • Microbiome as Therapeutic Target in Alcoholic Hepatitis
    NIHU01AA021856Jun 1, 2013 - May 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • The Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis
    NIHP50AA011999Jan 1, 1999 - Dec 31, 2023
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Gastroenterology Research Training
    NIHT32DK007737Aug 1, 1996 - Jun 30, 2026
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Molecular and Cellular Pathogenesis in Alcoholism
    NIHP60AA011605Dec 1, 1997 - Nov 30, 2017
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Molecular Mechanisms by which TNFalpha Modulates Fibrosis
    NIHR01GM041804Apr 1, 1989 - Dec 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Integrated Center for InVivo Microscopy
    NIHP41RR005959Sep 1, 1990 - Jun 30, 2013
    Role: Co-Investigator
See more
  • The Role of Inflammation and Stroma in Digestive Cancer
    NIHU54CA126513Sep 30, 2006 - Sep 21, 2011
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Angiotensin II and NADPH Oxidase in Hepatic Fibrosis
    NIHR01DK072237Sep 15, 2005 - Jun 30, 2011
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Hepatic Stellate Cell Activation induced by Hepatitis C Virus
    NIHR01AA015055Sep 30, 2003 - Aug 31, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Cond. Acceptance Post-Bac. Prog. Scholarship Fund
    NIHS22MD000227Sep 30, 2002 - Sep 29, 2005
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Molecular Pathogenesis of Apoptosis in Liver Cells
    NIHP01DK059340Sep 21, 2001 - May 31, 2006
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Oncogenic K-Ras Induction of Gastrin Gene Transcription
    NIHR01DK055686Aug 15, 2000 - Jul 31, 2006
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Gene Technology Therapy and Alcohol-Induced Fibrosis
    NIHR01AA012586Sep 23, 1999 - Jun 30, 2003
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Molecular and Cellular Pathogenesis in Alcoholism
    NIHP50AA011605Dec 1, 1997 - Nov 30, 2002
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Rat Model of Alcoholic Pancreatitis
    NIHR03AA011226Apr 1, 1997 - Mar 31, 1999
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Gene Therapy for Liver Diseases
    NIHR13DK047627Jan 20, 1994 - Oct 31, 1994
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Molecular Defects in Protoporphyria
    NIHR01DK047361May 1, 1993 - May 31, 2004
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Function of Nuclear Oncogenes in Cancer Cells
    NIHP01CA050528Sep 8, 1989 - Jan 31, 1998
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Molecular Defect in Protoporphyria
    NIHR29DK039996Apr 1, 1988 - Mar 31, 1993
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • General Clinical Research Center
    NIHM01RR000827Mar 1, 1974 - Nov 30, 2010
    Role: Principal Investigator

David Brenner's Bio

Dr. Brenner was named president and chief executive officer of Sanford Burnham Prebys in September 2022 after serving as vice chancellor for health sciences at UC San Diego and dean of its school of medicine for an unprecedented 15 years, during which he oversaw the launch and expansion of numerous multidisciplinary efforts, including the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, the Institute for Genomic Medicine, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, the UC San Diego Sanford Clinical Stem Cell Program, and the C3 Cancer Center Consortium (comprising UC San Diego, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Sanford Burnham Prebys). 

Previously, he served as chair of the Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University and, before that, as Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As a distinguished physician-scientist, Brenner is a recognized leader in the field of gastroenterology research, with more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, two patents and ranking among Highly Cited Researchers by Web of Science and Clarivate Analytics.

He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine; past president of the Association of American Physicians and former editor of the journal Gastroenterology (2001 to 2006).

He is currently deputy editor of the journal PNAS Nexus.


Education and Training

1988: Fellowship, Gastroenterology, UC San Diego
1986: Fellowship, Genetics & Biochemistry, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD
1985: Intern & Residency, Internal Medicine, Yale University
1979: M.D., Medicine, Yale University
1975: B.S., Biology, Yale University


Awards, Honors and Recognition

2005: Fellow (FACP), American College of Physicians
1986: Bomedical Scholar, Pew Foundation


Other Appointments and Memberships

Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation
American Society for Clinical Investigation
Association of American Physicians
American College of Physicians
American Gastroenterological Association
American Clinical and Climatological Association

scientist at work


Ischemic Stroke in a Seven-Year-Old Female With Down Syndrome and Newly Discovered Moyamoya Syndrome.

Brenner DA, Flatley E, Medappa Maruvanda S, Dadario NB, Valdivia DJ, Khosla M

Cureus 2023 Sep ;15(9):e45893

Compact engineered human mechanosensitive transactivation modules enable potent and versatile synthetic transcriptional control.

Mahata B, Cabrera A, Brenner DA, Guerra-Resendez RS, Li J, Goell J, Wang K, Guo Y, Escobar M, Parthasarathy AK, Szadowski H, Bedford G, Reed DR, Kim S, Hilton IB

Nat Methods 2023 Nov ;20(11):1716-1728

Ictogenesis proceeds through discrete phases in hippocampal CA1 seizures in mice.

Mueller JS, Tescarollo FC, Huynh T, Brenner DA, Valdivia DJ, Olagbegi K, Sangappa S, Chen SC, Sun H

Nat Commun 2023 Sep 26 ;14(1):6010

The Origin and Fate of Liver Myofibroblasts.

Kim HY, Sakane S, Eguileor A, Carvalho Gontijo Weber R, Lee W, Liu X, Lam K, Ishizuka K, Rosenthal SB, Diggle K, Brenner DA, Kisseleva T

Cell Mol Gastroenterol Hepatol 2023 Sep 22 ;17(1):93-106

Developing a highly-reliable learning health system.

El-Kareh R, Brenner DA, Longhurst CA

Learn Health Syst 2023 Jul ;7(3):e10351

Show All Publications