Robert W. Brenner, MD, MMM, Appointed Chief Medical Officer at Summit Medical Group

Last updated: Apr 03, 2009

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS -- Summit Medical Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert W. Brenner, MD, MMM, as its Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

Brenner, 50, joined Summit Medical Group (SMG) as Medical Director in September 2006. His accomplishments include the development of external relationships, notably, the first formal relationship between Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a multispecialty group. In his new role, and in addition to his past responsibility for all aspects of clinical services, Brenner will oversee further integration of patient care and develop initiatives that will result in improved outcomes and value for patients. Brenner oversees the advancement of Quality Improvement, Risk Management, and Employee Health as well as clinical aspects of Health Information Technology, helping to implement the transformation to 100% paperless documentation and e-prescribing. He is also responsible for Clinical Program Development, including development of an Integrated Behavioral Health Center, a Hospitalist and Urgent Care program, a Breast Health Center, a Group-wide Preventive Health program, a Diabetes Live Well program, Executive and Occupational Health, Evening Primary Care and Clinical Trials. Dr. Brenner oversees Organizational and Physician Development, including restructuring the Clinical Council and the role of Department Directors, the advancement of Provider Performance, Leadership Training and Clinical Education, and Patient Satisfaction initiatives.

Before joining SMG, Brenner was a lead hospital administrator with Atlantic Health System at Mountainside Hospital. He was Chairman of the Family Medicine Department, oversaw quality management and other hospital departments as well as several hospital-based practices. Brenner directed the Family Practice residency program, restructuring it to become one of the most competitive residencies in New Jersey. Prior to his time with Atlantic, he was Director of the Outpatient Ambulatory Center and Associate Residency Director at Somerset Medical Center. Between 1994 and 1995, he was in private practice in Westfield, New Jersey.

Brenner served in the United States Air Force as a family physician. Deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm, he was Wartime Chief of Emergency Medical Services at Torrejon Air Force Base in Spain. After the first Iraqi campaign, he transferred to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where he served as a clinical faculty member in an Air Force residency program.

Brenner earned his BA in psychology at SUNY University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, and his MD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. He completed his training with Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons at Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ, and earned his MMM (Master in Medical Management) with Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz School of Public Policy and management, Pittsburgh, PA. Brenner holds a Clinical Associate Professorship at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's (UMDNJ) New Jersey Medical School, an Assistant Professorship at UMDNJ's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and is a Senior Scholar in the Department of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University's Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA. He was a Senior Executive Fellow-Physician Leadership, at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Silberman College of Business, Florham Park-Madison, NJ, and former President of the New Jersey Association of Family Practice Resident Directors. Brenner represents SMG on the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institutes Provider Council, a non-profit organization advising the state's Governor and legislators on health care reform, patient safety, wellness, and improved quality of care.