Physician Profile

Bruce M. Brenner, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
Section Chief, Surgical Oncology
Chief, Division of Surgical Education

Dr. Brenner earned his bachelor’s degree at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, where he graduated with highest honors. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. He completed his residency and surgical research fellowship at New Jersey Medical School in Newark, and a surgical oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Brenner has a special interest in treating colon and rectal cancers as well as a strong research interest into the genetic origins of these cancers. Dr. Brenner also has expertise in the treatment of other gastrointestinal cancers including esophageal, gastric, pancreatic and liver, in addition to treating cancers of the skin and soft tissues, such as sarcoma and melanoma. Before coming to the Health Center, Dr. Brenner served for four years as an assistant professor of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he had teaching responsibilities and served on numerous committees. During that time, he served as a staff physician at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Brenner is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He’s been recognized with many academic accolades throughout his career and is a member of several professional societies. He’s published extensively in medical journals and other professional publications.

Office Locations:

Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center
UConn Health
Outpatient Pavilion, 4th Floor
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030

Board Certifications:
  • Surgery
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyElectrical Engineering
Medical SchoolWashington UniversityMedicine
InternshipNew Jersey Medical SchoolGeneral Surgery
ResidencyNew Jersey Medical SchoolGeneral Surgery, Includes Research and Surgical Oncology
FellowshipRoswell Park Cancer InstituteSurgical Oncology, Includes Research and Cancer Genetics
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Connecticut Magazine Top DoctorsConnecticut Magazine
Connecticut Magazine Top DoctorsConnecticut Magazine
Connecitcut Magazine Top DoctorsConnecticut Magazine
U.S. News and World Reports Top Doctors 2013U.S. News and World Reports
Merit AwardAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology
AACR Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop
Berlex Oncology Foundation Genetics in Oncology Workshop
Silver Lion Award for ServiceUMD-NJMS Department of Surgery
Dean’s Award - Outstanding Surgical ResidentUMD-NJMS
Resident of the YearHackensack University Medical Center
Hospital Affiliation:
  • UConn John Dempsey Hospital
Research Interests:

Genetic origins of rectal and colon cancers

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

The Addition of High-Risk HPV Testing to Anal Cytology Increases the Identification of Anal Dysplasia in HIV-Infected Patients. Anthony, Paul; Feinn, Richard; Brenner, Bruce; Dieckhaus, Kevin D; Chirch, Lisa M. (2015). Connecticut medicine, 7, (79), 389-94.

Regulation of VDR Expression in Apc-Mutant Mice, Human Colon Cancers and Adenomas. Giardina, Charles; Nakanishi, Masako; Khan, Awaad; Kuratnik, Anton; Xu, Wanli; Brenner, Bruce; Rosenberg, Daniel W. (2015). Cancer prevention research (Philadelphia, Pa.), 5, (8), 387-99.

Aberrant crypt foci as predictors of colorectal neoplasia on repeat colonoscopy. Anderson, Joseph C; Swede, Helen; Rustagi, Tarun; Protiva, Petr; Pleau, Devon; Brenner, Bruce M; Rajan, Thiruchandurai V; Heinen, Christopher D; Levine, Joel B; Rosenberg, Daniel W. (2012). Cancer causes & control : CCC, 2, (23), 355-61.

Genomic instability measured by inter-(simple sequence repeat) PCR and high-resolution microsatellite instability are prognostic of colorectal carcinoma survival after surgical resection. Brenner, Bruce M; Swede, Helen; Jones, Beth A; Anderson, Garth R; Stoler, Daniel L. (2012). Annals of surgical oncology, 1, (19), 344-50.

High-throughput SNP/CGH approaches for the analysis of genomic instability in colorectal cancer. Brenner, Bruce M; Rosenberg, Daniel. (2010). Mutation research, 1-2, (693), 46-52.