Dr. Michael Brenner

Michael J. Brenner, M.D., FACS

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


Dr. Brenner began his practice in 2008 and was recruited to University of Michigan in 2013. He completed residency at Washington University in Saint Louis and fellowship at University of Minnesota.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Brenner's research interests include optimizing outcomes in facial plastic surgery; improving patient safety and quality of care through teamwork, simulation and international collaborative efforts; bench-to-bedside research on auditory neuroscience, nerve regeneration and axonal guidance.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Brenner is an expert in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in skin cancer reconstruction, face-lift surgery, eyelid lifts and correction of facial paralysis. He has a special interest in nasal reshaping surgery to improve nasal appearance or breathing, and he is editor of the book, Rhinoplasty.

Honors & Awards


  • 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 100 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


  • Chair, Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts in Otolaryngology, 2017 – present
  • Chair, Research Committee, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Co-Chair, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee – American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, 2016-2018
  • President, Faculty Council and Executive Committee SIU School of Medicine 2012-2013
  • Director, Section of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, SIU School of Medicine, 2009-2013
  • Associate Editor, Health Policy and Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Journal
  • Course Director of the 4th International Tracheostomy Symposium, UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas 2018 and 3rd International Tracheostomy Symposium, John Hopkins Medical  Center, Baltimore, Maryland 2016 


Medical School or Training

  • Northwestern University Medical School, 2000


  • Washington University School of Medicine, Otolaryngology, MO, 2007


  • Facial Plastic Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, 2008

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • Academy of Medical Educators

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology
  • Facial Plastic & Recon Surg
  • Sleep Medicine

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