Dr. Michael Brenner

Michael J. Brenner, M.D., FACS

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Clinical Contacts

To schedule a patient appointment: 734-936-8051

Administrative Contact

Megan Slavin


Michael J. Brenner, M.D., FACS, is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan and serves as co-director of Branch Science in the medical school curriciulum.

Dr. Brenner is an internationally recognized thought leader in patient safety and quality improvement with specialization in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. An awardee of extramural research funding from NIH, Tricare, and Foundations, he has published in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, the surgical literature, The New Yorker and Newsweek. He has served as PI on projects investigating innovative therapy and team-oriented care. He serves as president of a global quality improvement collaborative engaging over 200 institutions across over 25 countries. Dr. Brenner's research program has resulted in over 200 publications, and he is editor of the book Rhinoplasty.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Brenner's research interests include optimizing outcomes in facial plastic surgery, improving patient safety and quality of care through teamwork, developing clinical practice guidelines, spearheading international quality improvement collaborative efforts, and translational scientfic research on neuroscience and nerve regeneration.

Dr. Brenner is an expert in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in skin cancer reconstruction, nasal surgery to improve nasal appearance or breathing (rhinoplasty), and a wide array of facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to restore and improve quality of life.

Honors & Awards


  • 2023— Faculty Researcher of the Year Award, , Dept. of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • 2022— Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • 2022— Friend of Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head Neck Nursing (SOHN)
  • 2021— Token of Appreciation from Medical Students (TAMS)
  • 2020— Program Director’s Award for Teaching in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • 2018— Chair, Committee of Excellence AAO-HNS/F, Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Committee
  • 2016—Faculty Researcher of the Year Award, Early Career, Dept. of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • 2016—Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Honors Award
  • 2016—Who’s Who in the World (2014-2016), Who’s Who in America (2012-2016)
  • 2014—Vitals Patient’s Choice Award
  • 2013—Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Induction
  • 2012—American College of Surgeons/AAO-HNSF Executive Health Policy Scholar
  • 2010—Junior Faculty Researcher of the Year Award in Surgery, SIU School of Medicine
  • 2009—Fellow, American College of Surgeons Induction
  • 2007—1st prize AO North America Craniomaxillofacial competition (Minneapolis, MN)
  • 2006—1st prize Walter Work Award Triological Middle Section (San Diego, CA)
  • 2005—Michael Paparella Research Award 24th Ogura Lectureship
  • 2004—Outstanding Nerve Paper, American Society for Peripheral Nerve 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 Association for Plastic Surgery (Chicago, IL)
  • 2000— Johnson F. Hammond, MD, Memorial Scholarship for Medical Journalism
  • 1999—1st prize Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society National Writing Competition

Academic Activities

  • More than 200 scholarly publications research grants and book chapters relating to facial plastic surgery and surgery of the head and neck
  • Author/Editor: Textbook, Rhinoplasty, 2011
  • Invited lectures nationally and internationally: Toronto, Canada; London, England; Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan


  • Current—Chair, Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts in Otolaryngology
  • Current—Chair, Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Committee, American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
  • Current—President, Global Tracheostomy Quality Improvement Collaborative
  • Current—Editor in Chief, Tracheostomy, Official journal of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative
  • Current—Associate Editor, Health Policy and Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery Journal
  • Current—Section Editor, Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medcine, formerly JAMA–Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Current—Associate Editor Journal of Clinical Medicine, Facial plastic surgery section, and Complications
  • 2021-2023—Co-chair Experiential Innovation Work Group, Center for Interprofessional Education
  • 2013-2023—Course director of Lead International Tracheostomy Symposia (Dallas, US, Melbourne, Australia; London, United Kingdom)
  • 2016-2018—Co-chair, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee–American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
  • 2016-2017—Chair, research committee, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • 2012-2013—President, Faculty Council and Executive Committee, SIU School of Medicine


Medical School or Training

  • Northwestern University Medical School, Honors Program in Medical Education, 2000


  • Washington University School of Medicine, Otolaryngology, 2007


  • Facial plastic surgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, 2008


Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
  • Facial plastic & reconstructive surgery
  • Sleep medicine

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Triological Society (American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society)
  • Society of University Otolaryngologists
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Academy of Medical Educators
  • New England Journal of Medicine Insights Council

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