Sir Murray F. Brennan, GNZM, MD, FACS

Surgeon

Vice President for International Programs; Benno C. Schmidt Chair in Clinical Oncology; Director, The Bobst International Center

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Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS -- Vice President for International Programs; Benno C. Schmidt Chair in Clinical Oncology

About Me

Dr. Brennan is a surgeon with special expertise in the treatment of soft tissue sarcomas, endocrine tumors, and pancreatic and stomach cancers. He was Chairman of the Department of Surgery from 1985 until June 2006.

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Dr. Brennan has designed and conducted numerous clinical trials that have produced major findings in the management of patients with soft tissue sarcomas and pancreatic cancer. He is currently responsible for international programs at MSK, which includes the triage of international patients, guidance of the international observer program, and evaluation of educational and collaborative programs with other international healthcare providers. He is also a spokesperson for Global Cancer Care delivery.

Together with his colleagues, Dr. Brennan created the world’s largest database of sarcoma patients — which includes more than 10,000 patients treated at MSK since 1982. Based on this extensive information, the team has developed computer programs that predict local recurrence and survival for individual patients.

Dr. Brennan has lectured throughout the world and authored or co-authored more than 1,000 scientific papers and book chapters, as well as two books on soft tissue sarcoma. He has served as Director of the American Board of Surgery, Chairman of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, Vice President of the American College of Surgeons, President of the International Gastric Cancer Association, and President of the American Surgical Association, the oldest and most prestigious surgical association in the United States. Dr. Brennan has been awarded Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Ireland, the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and Canada. In 1995, Dr. Brennan was honored with membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2000 he received the American College of Surgeons’ highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. In January 2015 he was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.  

  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, University of Otago (New Zealand)
  • Residencies: University of Otago; Peter Bent Brigham Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Fellowships: Peter Bent Brigham Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Board Certifications: Surgery

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Publications

Books
Management of Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Brennan MF, Antonescu CR, Maki RG, eds. New York: Springer; 2012.

Diagnosis and Management of Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Brennan MF, Lewis JJ, eds. London: Martin Dunitz; 1997.

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Protein and Amino Acid Metabolism in Cancer Cachexia. Pisters WPT, Brennan MF eds. Austin, TX: RG Landes; 1996.

Tumor Board Case Management. Winchester D, Brennan MF, Dodd G, Henson DE, Kennedy BJ, Steele GD Jr,  Wilson F, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1997.

Surgical Management of Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Shiu MH, Brennan MF, eds. Philadelphia: Lea and Febiger; 1989.

Selected Book Chapters
“Adrenocortical tumors and incidentalomas.” Karanicolas P, Brennan MF. In: Surgery: Evidence-Based Practice. Cohn SM, Brower ST, eds. Shelton, CT: People’s Medical Publishing House; 2012: 537-543.

“Total gastrectomy for gastric carcinoma.” Brennan MF. In: Mastery of Surgery. 6th ed.  JE Fischer, ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2012: 1058-1067.

“Surgical management of soft tissue sarcoma in the geriatric population.” Ariyan C, Brennan M. In: Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery. 2nd ed. Rosenthal RA, Zenilman MA, Katlic MR, eds. New York: Springer; 2011: 1245-1256.

“The Kausch-Whipple pancreatectomy.” Ferrone CR, Brennan MF. In: Diseases of the Pancreas: Current Surgical Therapy. Beger JHG, Matsuno S, Cameron J, eds. Berlin: Springer; 2008: 567-580.

“Soft tissue sarcoma.” Brennan MF, Singer S, Maki R, O’Sullivan B. In: Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 8th ed. Devita VT, Lawrence TS, Rosenberg SA, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2008: 1741-1794.

“Gastric adenocarcinoma.” Brennan MF. In: Maingot’s Abdominal Operations. 11th ed. Zinner MJ, Ashley SW, eds. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2007: 417-437.

“Collaborative opportunities in disease-based care.” Cohn KH, Brennan MF. In: Collaborate for Success! Breakthrough Strategies for Engaging Physicians, Nurses, and Hospital Executives. Chicago: Health Administration Press; 2006: 99-105.

“Soft tissue sarcoma.” Brennan MF, Singer S, Maki R, O’Sullivan B. In: Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 7th ed. DeVita VT, Hellman S, Rosenberg SA, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006: 1581-1637.

“Retroperitoneal mass.” Eilber FC, Brennan MF. In: Surgical Decision Making. 5th ed. McIntyre RC Jr, Stiegmann GV, Eiseman B, eds. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2004: 282-283.

“Adrenal cortical carcinoma.” Schulick R, Brennan MF. In: Renal and Adrenal Tumors:  Biology and Management. Belidegrun A, Vaughn ED Jr, eds. New York: Oxford University Press; 2003: 543-549

“Total gastrectomy for gastric carcinoma.” Brennan MF. In: Mastery of Surgery. 6th ed.  JE Fischer, ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2012: 1058-1067.

“Surgical management of soft tissue sarcoma in the geriatric population.” Ariyan C, Brennan M. In: Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery. 2nd ed. Rosenthal RA, Zenilman MA, Katlic MR, eds. New York: Springer; 2011: 1245-1256.

“The Kausch-Whipple pancreatectomy.” Ferrone CR, Brennan MF. In: Diseases of the Pancreas: Current Surgical Therapy. Beger JHG, Matsuno S, Cameron J, eds. Berlin: Springer; 2008: 567-580.

“Soft tissue sarcoma.” Brennan MF, Singer S, Maki R, O’Sullivan B. In: Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 8th ed. Devita VT, Lawrence TS, Rosenberg SA, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2008: 1741-1794.

“Gastric adenocarcinoma.” Brennan MF. In: Maingot’s Abdominal Operations. 11th ed. Zinner MJ, Ashley SW, eds. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2007: 417-437.

“Collaborative opportunities in disease-based care.” Cohn KH, Brennan MF. In: Collaborate for Success! Breakthrough Strategies for Engaging Physicians, Nurses, and Hospital Executives. Chicago: Health Administration Press; 2006: 99-105.

“Soft tissue sarcoma.” Brennan MF, Singer S, Maki R, O’Sullivan B. In: Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 7th ed. DeVita VT, Hellman S, Rosenberg SA, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006: 1581-1637.

“Retroperitoneal mass.” Eilber FC, Brennan MF. In: Surgical Decision Making. 5th ed. McIntyre RC Jr, Stiegmann GV, Eiseman B, eds. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2004: 282-283.

“Adrenal cortical carcinoma.” Schulick R, Brennan MF. In: Renal and Adrenal Tumors:  Biology and Management. Belidegrun A, Vaughn ED Jr, eds. New York: Oxford University Press; 2003: 543-549


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