John Breneman, MD: Answering the Call in a New National Role

Doctor poses for photo.

Photo of John Breneman, MD, by Mark Bowen

When we say that the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute is nationally recognized and respected, we are often talking about people like the UC Brain Tumor Center’s John Breneman, MD, the Charles M. Barrett Professor of Radiation Oncology and Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery at the UC College of Medicine. Dr. Breneman recently assumed a new national appointment with the American Board of Radiology.

As Chair of the Central Nervous System (CNS) Committee, Dr. Breneman will be responsible for creating the CNS section of the board exam for new radiation oncology graduates as well as the Maintenance of Certification exam for current practitioners. He will also continue in his role as an examiner for the CNS section of the oral exam.

Needless to say, if you’re going to write the national tests, you’re clearly the person who has the answers.

Dr. Breneman has been providing answers for patients with brain tumors in Cincinnati since 1995. As a leading practitioner and researcher at the UC Brain Tumor Center and Co-Director with Ronald Warnick, MD, of Precision Radiotherapy Center in West Chester, Ohio, he is expert in the use of radiosurgery, which can be described as “surgery without the knife.” Radiation therapy can be prescribed in two ways: as radiosurgery (the delivery of a high, targeted dose of radiation to a tumor or lesion) or as radiotherapy (the delivery of multiple, smaller doses over a period of weeks).

Dr. Breneman has played an instrumental role in radiotherapy research, which has led to frameless methods that spare patients the discomfort of having the head immobilized with an invasive head ring.

Under the banner of UC Health, Dr. Breneman is affiliated with the UC Barrett Cancer Center and University Hospital. He is also affiliated with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

In other national positions, Dr. Breneman serves as Chair of the Radiation Oncology Refresher Course Committee for the Radiologic Society of North America, is a Steering Committee member for the Children’s Oncology Group Radiotherapy Committee, and is Chair of the Radiotherapy Education Committee for the Children’s Oncology Group.

He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed his residency at University Hospital. When not at work Dr. Breneman is a devoted family man who plays the piano and guitar and enjoys all kinds of music, from classical to rock. He stays fit playing tennis.

Those activities – family time, exercise and music – show that Dr. Breneman also has the answer to a different kind of question, one that UCNI researchers are always mulling: How does one maximize the odds of living a long, healthy life while maintaining a healthy mind and brain?

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