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Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, MS, DFNAP

Patricia Brennan

Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, MS, DFNAP

Position: Associate Professor
Samuel Merritt University
School of Nursing

Research Biography

Dr. Brennan recently completed an NIH appointment as Faculty Champion for Genetics and Genomics and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the NIH National Genome Research Institute’s Genetics and Genomics Competency Center, an inter-disciplinary project developed and maintained to assist in the development of model curricula for integration of genetics and genomics into clinical practice and academic training.

Dr. Brennan received both her graduate degrees from the University of California, San Francisco; her MS is in Critical Care Trauma and her PhD in Health Policy. Prior to joining academia four years ago, the majority of her 30-year career had been spent in providing leadership in academic health care settings specifically focused on providing inter-disciplinary care to high acuity patient populations, with significant work addressing the economic implications of high cost treatment modalities.

Her research interests include health policy issues related to access to care, particularly in regard to acuity based models of care delivery, the subject of her PhD Dissertation. Health disparities research and the impact that race, gender and geography play in the allocation of resources are of great interest to Dr. Brennan. She has spoken both nationally and internationally on the integration of genetics and genomics into inter-professional curricula. The ethical, legal and social implications of the application of genomic healthcare and the health policy issues that are likely to arise, given issues regarding access to and cost of these advancing technologies, are of particular interest to Dr. Brennan.

The potential opportunity to work with Sutter Health’s RD&D program to pursue Health Services Research, help in the development of best practices and the ultimate dissemination of new knowledge derived from such research under the leadership of Drs. Brotman, Rowbotham  and Fry is incredibly exciting. Projects such as the HVHC project dealing with clinical outcomes while decreasing cost as well as the Shared Decision making initiatives are just two of the previous projects pursued under the Sutter leadership that could be models for future projects dealing with both access to high cost treatment modalities and shared decision making in terms of genomic health care. Collaborative efforts linking service and academia hold great promise and the forethought of the leadership at Sutter Health to consider such collaboration presents limitless opportunity. Dr. Brennan hopes to contribute to this effort.

Selected Recent Publications and National and International Presentations

Matsuda E. & Brennan, P. (2014). The effectiveness of continuous subcutaneous insulin pumps with continuous glucose monitoring in outpatient adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A systematic review. Joanna Briggs Institute Library of Systematic Reviews (in press)

Brennan, P., Jenkins, J., & Rodriquez de Bittner, M. (2014). Gaining a One Health Understanding through Genetics and Genomics: the NIH G2C2 Resource. Alexandria, Virginia, April 2014. (Invited speaker)

Brennan, P. (2014). The Affordable Care Act: A Toolkit for Educators. AACN Master’s Education: Essential to the Future of Health Care. Scottsdale, Arizona, March 2014. (Invited speaker)

Brennan, P. & Landau, V. (2013). Visualizing the Curriculum Mapping Process of Genetic and Genomic Content to Impact Learning Outcomes in Healthcare Education. Podium Presentation: Annual International Society of Nurses in Genetics. Bethesda, Maryland. October, 2013.

Brennan, P. (2013). Access to Liver Transplantation: Race, Gender and Geographic Disparities. Podium Presentation. Sigma Theta Tau International’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress. Prague, Czech Republic. July 22, 2013.

Brennan, P. (2013). Initiatives in Developing Inter-professional Education. Session Moderator. Sigma Theta Tau International’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress. Prague, Czech Republic. July 26, 2013.

Simmons, B., Brennan, P, Walton, M. & Hoffman, E. (2013). Creating the Virtual Classroom. Webinar Presentation on-line for Educause, February 12, 2013, (approximately 100 attendees)


2011 Samuel Merritt University Faculty Incentive Award $10,000
2009 Samuel Merritt University Innovative Teaching Grant $1,600
2005-2008 Betty Irene Moore Doctoral Fellowship, UCSF $180,000
2008 Graduate Student Research Award, UCSF $2,000
2008 Century Club Doctoral Award, UCSF $1,000


2014-2017 Paul C. Samson Clinical Professorial Chair
2013 AACN Health Policy Fellow
2012 National Academies of Practice Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow
2012-current University Government Relations Collaborative Appointee, American Academy of Colleges of Nursing
2011-current Editorial Board, Genetics and Genomics Competency Center, National Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health
2009-2010 NIH Faculty Champion in Genetics/Genomics 2009-2010
1986 Stanford University Post-Graduate Fellowship: Cardiovascular Specialist: Heart and Lung Transplantation
1983 Emory University Post-Graduate Fellowship in International Health (Dublin, Ireland)