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Kelly Brenan

Kelly Brenan, MD

Microanatomy Thread Director; Assistant Professor

Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy


  • MD - Thomas Jefferson Medical College (2004)
  • BA in Fine Arts - Georgetown University (1997)

Awards & Honors

  • Thomas Jefferson Medical College Hobart Armory Hare Society for Honors in Clinical Rotations and Academic Achievement (2003)
  • AmeriCorps Community Service Award Scholarship (1998)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Pathology Society of Philadelphia
  • United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology
  • Co-Founder, Uniformed Services University Group on Women in Medicine and Science, 2018


  • Surgical Pathology - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (2020)


  • Anatomic Pathology - National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Center (2018)


  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2006)

Kelly Brenan, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine's West Reading Campus. Here, she serves as the Microanatomy (Histology) thread director and, in 2022, will serve as the Pathology thread director. In addition to these lead teaching roles, Dr. Brenan teaches Gross Anatomy and Case-Based Learning to first-year medical students.

Dr. Brenan trained in anatomical pathology at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and completed her surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her area of interest is genitourinary pathology with a focus on carcinoma of the prostate.

In addition to medical student instruction, she provides didactics to residents and fellows at Tower Health's Reading Hospital in pathology as part of the training programs' ACGME requirements.

Dr. Brenan has interests in community service, women's advocacy and the humanities. She dedicated a year to teaching in underserved communities in Philadelphia prior to medical school, and throughout medical school participated in the Big Sisters of Philadelphia mentoring program. She co-founded a Group on Women in Medicine and Science at her former institution, and recently was elected to the Women in Medicine and Science Committee at Drexel. She is currently working on a medical humanities elective, which will integrate medicine and art.

Contact Information

Academic Office

Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health
50 Innovation Way, Room 262
Wyomissing, PA 19610