Brian W. Brennan


Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Child Abuse
General Pediatriics
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1998 - BS from United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
2008 - MD from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2009 - Transitional Internship, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA
2015 - Residency in Pediatrics, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
2020 - Fellow, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA


COL Brian Brennan is currently serving as the Chief of the Armed Forces Center for Child Protection at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Life Science at the United States Military Academy, he entered the Army in 1998 as an Armor Officer at Fort Knox, KY, serving six years in that capacity including postings at Fort Riley, Kansas, Grafenwoehr, Germany and Baghdad, Iraq. During his time as a combat arms officer, COL Brennan served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Tank Company Executive Officer, USAREUR Training Plans Action Officer and Brigade Assistant Operations Officer.

In 2004, upon return from Iraq, COL Brennan entered Medical School at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated in 2008, and was assigned to Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia as a Transitional Intern. From there, he was assigned to the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Riley, Kansas as a Battalion Flight Surgeon, which included another deployment to Iraq. From Fort Riley, COL Brennan moved to Joint Base Lewis/McChord for Pediatric Residency, and upon graduation in 2015 was assigned to Fort Bragg as a General Pediatrician. After serving as a General Pediatrician, and later the Chief of Pediatrics at Fort Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center, COL Brennan attended a fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Chief, Armed Forces Center for Child Protection, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

2015-2017 Chief and Staff Pediatrician, Department of Pediatrics, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Liberty, NC

2009-2012 Batallion Flight Surgeon, 1st ARB, 1st CAB, Ft. Riley, KS and Camp Taji, Iraq

2003-2004 Assistant Brigade Plans Officer, 1st BDE, 1st AD, Baghdad, Iraq

2002-2003 Assistant Plans Officer, 7th Army Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany

2000-2001 Tank Co Executive Officer, A/2-70 AR, Fort Riley, KS

1999-2000 Tank Platoon Leader, A/2-70 AR, Fort Riley, KS and Udari, Kuwait

Awards: 2017 American Academy of Family Physicians Teaching Award, Fort LIberty, NC

Awards: 2017 Uniformed Services University Pediatric Clerkship Faculty Teacher of the Year, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Liberty, NC

Awards: BSM, MSM (2OLC), ARCOM (3OLC), AAM (2OLC)

Representative Bibliography

Brennan, Brian, Nightmares and the Unimaginable: A Focus on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect Newsletter. June 2023, Vol 4, Issue 2, Page 3. %7B747AF41C-4D00-4FD5-87C1-A0B795454D18%7D&file=COCAN%20Newsletter%20June% 202023.pdf &action=default.

Wood, Joanne and Brennan, Brian, FOCUS ON: Child Abuse Evaluations & Related Diagnostic Disparities, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect Newsletter. December 2022, Vol 3, Issue 4, Page 4-5. Newsletter.pdf

Brennan, Brian, Telehealth – Building Partnerships from Half a World Away, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect Newsletter. December 2021, Vol 2, Issue 4, Page 2.

Brennan, B., Henry, MK, Altaffer, A, Wood, JN, Prevalence of Abuse in Incidentally Discovered Rib Fractures, Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Mar 19. Online ahead of print.

Brennan, B., Stavas N., and Scribano, P., Adverse Childhood Experiences: Using Evidence to Advance Research, Practice, Policy, and Prevention, Chapter 12: Effective Prevention of ACES, Elsevier Publishing, 2020, Pages 233-264.

Robinson E, Ketterer T, Molnar J, Dirigilamo S, Rockey A, Brennan B, Lavelle J, Mollen CJ. Return rate of sexual assault victims for behavioral health concerns in the ED: a retrospective study, Pediatr Emerg Care. 2020 Jan 10. Online ahead of print.

Brennan, B., Stavas N., and Christian, CW. The Physical Needs of Children in Foster Care, American Professional Society for Abused Children (APSAC) Advisor, 30(2), 12-16.

Brennan, B. and Scribano, P. Alcohol’s Harm to Children: Findings From the 2015 United States National Alcohol’s Harm to Others Survey. Editorial Review, Child Abuse Quarterly 2017.

Brennan, B. and Kelly M., Little Leaguer’s Shoulder; Clinical Pediatrics, May ‘11; vol. 50,5: pp 462-3

Brennan, B., Limited vs. Total War; Armor, Sep-Oct 2002; 111: 8-11.