Dr. Michael Brenner

Michael J. Brenner, M.D., FACS

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


Dr. Michael Brenner received his medical degree from the Northwestern University Medical School (2000). He completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Washington University-Saint Louis (2007) and a fellowship in facial plastic surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine (2008). Today Dr. Michael Brenner is a clinician-scientist with a 75% appointment with the Kresge Hearing Research Institute and a 25% with the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery/Skull base Surgery in the U-M Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.


Areas of Interest

Dr. Michael Brenner's research interests include: elucidating mechanisms of oxidative stress injury, cochlear reactive oxygen species formation, and free radical mediated apoptosis and injury in the ear; neuropharmacology; ototoxicity and otoprotection and molecular targets for auditory hair cell protection. Dr. Brenner also has interests in the translational research study of nerve regeneration, nerve reconstruction, axonal guidance, nerve transfer, senescence and tissue engineered constructs. 

Honors & Awards

  • 2014   Who’s Who in the World (2014)
  • 2013    Junior Faculty Researcher of the Year Award in Surgery, SIU School of Medicine
  • 2013    Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (ETA Chapter of Illinois)
  • 2013    Inducted into Medical Innovators in Research (Illinois State Medical Society, SCMS)
  • 2013    Active Candidate for Fellowship in Triological Society
  • 2013    Who’s Who in America (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • 2013    Medical Student Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2012    Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • 2012    American College of Surgeons/AAO-HNSF Executive Health Policy Scholar
  • 2012    Fellow, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery   
  • 2010    Junior Faculty Researcher of the Year Award in Surgery, SIU School of Medicine
  • 2010    Southern Illinois University Group Quality Award (in conjunction with OQI Initiative)
  • 2009    Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • 2008    THANC Foundation Scholarship for April 2008 Conference (NY,NY)
  • 2007    1st prize AO North America Craniomaxillofacial competition (Minneapolis, MN)
  • 2007    THANC Comprehensive Mgmt of Head & Neck Ca Scholarship (NY, NY)
  • 2007    American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Travel Award
  • 2006    1st prize Walter Work Award Triological Middle Section (San Diego, CA)
  • 2006    American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Travel Award
  • 2006    Triological Middle Section Travel Award
  • 2006     Temporal Bone Dissection PGY-4 Washington University co-winner, tied
  • 2005     Michael Paparella Research Award 24th Ogura Lectureship
  • 2004     Outstanding Nerve Paper for highest scored paper submitted to ASPN meeting
  • 2004     1st prize Resident Paper American Society for Peripheral Nerve (Palm Springs, CA)
  • 2003     1st prize Resident Paper WUMS Plastic Surgery Research (St. Louis, MO)
  • 2003     1st prize Resident Paper Midwestern Assoc for Plastic Surgery (Chicago, IL)
  • 2000     Association for Research in Otolaryngology Travel Award
  • 2000     Johnson F. Hammond, MD, Memorial Scholarship for Medical Journalism
  • 1999     1st prize Alpha Omega Alpha National Essay Contest 

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