About Jeffrey Brenner, MD

Jeffrey Brenner, MD, is a family physician who has worked in Camden, NJ since 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Vassar College, and graduated from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his residency with Swedish Family Medicine in Seattle, WA.

Brenner owned and operated a solo-practice, urban family medicine office in Camden providing full-spectrum family health services for a Medicaid-enrolled population. Recognizing the need for a new way for hospitals, providers, and community residents to collaborate, he founded what would become the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in 2002, and served as its Executive Director from its incorporation in 2006 through 2017.

Currently Dr. Brenner serves as Senior Vice President of Integrated Health and Human Services at UnitedHealthcare. He leads the myConnections business unit, which will pilot and scale new models of care that bring traditional health care services with social services such as housing and transportation for millions of Medicaid patients nationwide.

Brenner’s innovative use of data to identify high-need, high-cost patients in a fragmented system and improve their care was profiled in the 2011 New Yorker article “The Hot-spotters” by writer and surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande, and on PBS Frontline. In 2013 he was honored with the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship for his work, and in 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). In 2016, under his leadership, the Camden Coalition launched the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs.

In addition to his role at UnitedHealthcare, Brenner serves as a clinical instructor for Cooper Medical School at Rowan University and an adjunct assistant professor for The Dartmouth Institute.

Links
MacArthur Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Institute of Medicine
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