Patient Rating:

4.6 out of 5

56 Patient Ratings
25 Patient Comments

K.C. Brennan, M.D.

Specialties

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Clinical Details

Locations

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-7575 Imaging and Neurosciences Center
Headache Clinic
729 Arapeen Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Map

Bio

K.C. Brennan, MD, recently joined the Department of Neurology as Assistant Professor, treating patients primarily in the Headache Clinic. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Brennan is extensively involved in research examining the basic mechanisms of migraine.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurology - Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomy - Adjunct Assistant Professor
Academic Divisions Headache and Neuro-Ophthalmology
Board Certification American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending doctor
4.7
My confidence in doctor
4.7
Time doctor spent with me
4.5
Doctor spoke using clear language
4.6
Doctor's effort to include me in decisions
4.6
Doctor's concern for questions & worries
4.6
Doctor's explanation of condition/problem
4.6
Wait time at clinic
4.2
Doctor's friendliness and courtesy
4.7

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

March 06, 2014

All Good

February 05, 2014

As an established patient of Dr. Digre's this wasn't my first visit to the clinic; however, it was my first visit with Dr. Brennan for Botox and he was very informative and answered all my questions very thoroughly.

January 27, 2014

had concerns about medication and felt like it wasn't addressed effectively

December 31, 2013

Dr. Brennan spent extra time with me to carefully go over my medications and PT to make sure that I'm doing all I can to improve my health. I really appreciate his attention and concern.

December 28, 2013

Dr. Brennan was incredibly caring and helpful. He always cares a great deal about my Botox injections and their efficacy, but he also made great efforts to help relieve my immediate pain.

December 21, 2013

extremely positive experience

October 21, 2013

Please introduce the role of the resident/fellow who comes into the room with scheduled physician. It was not clear to me that the physician that I was scheduled for is not the one who would perform the procedure.

October 14, 2013

he always takes great care to make sure that he places the injections the the best places

October 07, 2013

I thought the doctor was very good, very personable and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable during my appointment.

September 09, 2013

Dr. Brennan was very nice and took the time to explain medications and other treatment options for my headaches. I was impressed with how long he spent with me and never seemed rushed. He took the time to answer any questions and throughly explained my treatment plan, and the other services the clinic provides. Thanks!

August 22, 2013

Good

August 14, 2013

Dr Brennan was amazing and spent extra time with me explaining lots of different things. I appreciated it.

August 14, 2013

Dr. Brennan is knowledgeable, caring and genuine.

August 12, 2013

dr Brennan went above&beyond spending extra time explaining procedures and other related things.

July 16, 2013

Dr. Brennan and the staff are always excellent.

June 25, 2013

Dr. Brennan was very short with me when I was trying to give him my medical history. He kept saying he had to go and seemed very impatient. It took almost two years for me to finally get an appt. and I think he should have acted more patient with me. He seemed knowledgeable however.

March 11, 2013

First time meeting and having patient care with Dr. Brennan. Found him to be very likeable, professional, and informative. Was very at ease with his care during my procedure.

December 03, 2012

His confidence in his diagnosis was comforting but really threw us off balance because we did not think it would be so easy without an MRI.

November 27, 2012

He let me know exactly what he was doing and why. I felt very comfortable with the injections I was getting because he knew so much about them and informed me about as much as he knew. I would have to say it was the best doctors visit I have had.

October 04, 2012

Dr. Brennan has been an excellent provider throughout our experiences with him. He has provided the only lasting relief she has received after years of trying many treatments. We understand that her headaches are very complicated and impossible to cure, but Dr. Brennan has our complete confidence and has met with a good measure of success.

October 04, 2012

Very caring about my situation. Nice to have this experience with a doctor.

July 09, 2012

We are just grateful that you have accepted our case and hope you can resolve the problem so wecan get back to work and live a normal/productive life again.

May 18, 2012

EVerything was excellent. We appreciate being given the opportunity to participate in this experimental treatment.

February 14, 2012

Dr. Brennan was wonderful

February 03, 2012

Dr. Brennan was very clear and concise with what needs to happen and I appreciate him explains things so well on a level that I could understand.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Cortical Spreading Depression
  • Migraine
  • Headache Disorders

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurology - Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomy - Adjunct Assistant Professor
Academic Divisions Headache and Neuro-Ophthalmology
Board Certification American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-8129 Brain Institute
KC Brennan
383 Colorow Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. K.C. Brennan is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He was educated at Georgetown University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was faculty at UCLA before being recruited to the University of Utah.

Dr. Brennan's clinical practice is dedicated to the headache disorders. These conditions, which include migraine, cluster headache, and post-traumatic headache, are disabling, often stigmatized, and poorly understood. It is becoming increasingly clear that these disorders are not 'just headache,' but complex disruptions of brain excitability and homeostasis.

Dr. Brennan spends much of his time examining the basic mechanisms of migraine. Cortical spreading depression (CSD), a massive spreading wave of brain activity, is a major interest. CSD is thought to be the basis of the migraine aura, and is likely a trigger for migraine pain. It is also involved in stroke, seizures, and traumatic brain injury. An understanding of CSD could thus lead to insights broadly relevant to neurological disease.

In addition to laboratory work, Dr. Brennan is involved in focused clinical research on the basic mechanisms of migraine.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Other Training Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Course
Imaging Structure and Function in the Nervous System
Fellowship David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Neurology
Headache, Neurophysiology
Fellow
Residency David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Neurology
Resident
Internship George Washington University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Intern
Professional Medical Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Medicine
M.D.
Certification Georgetown University
Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Sciences
Certificate
Undergraduate Georgetown University
School of Foreign Service
B.A.

Publications

Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Chang J, Brennan K, He D, Huang H, Miura R, Wilson P, Wylie (2013)A Mathematical Model of the Metabolic and Perfusion Effects on Cortical Spreding Depression  PLoS ONE,
  2. Bogdanov VB, Bogdanov OV, Koulchitsky SV, Chauvel V, Multon S, Makarchuk MY, Brennan KC, Renshaw PF., Schoenen J(2013)Behavior in the open field predicts the number of KCl-induced cortical spreading depression in rats  Behavioural Brain Research, 23690 - 93
  3. Brennan KC, Bates EA, Shapiro RE, Zyuzin J, Hallows WC, Huang Y, Lee HY, Jones CR, Fu YH, Charles AC, Ptacek LJ(2013)Casein kinase 1 delta mutations in familial migraine and advanced sleep phase  Science Translational Medicine, 1(5),1-11
  4. Clarkson AN, Lopez-Valdes HE, Overmann JJ, Charles AC, Brennan KC, Thomas Carmichael S(2013)Multimodal examination of structural and functional remapping in the mouse photothrombotic stroke model  Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 33(5),716-723
  5. Theriot JJ, Toga AW, Prakash N, Ju, YS, Brennan K(2012)Cortical sensory plasticity in a model of migraine with aura  Journal of Neuroscience, 32(44),15252-61
  6. Ahn AH, Brennan K(2012)Unanswered questions in headache: how does a migraine attack stop?  Headache, 52(1),186-7
  7. Tang YT, Kim J, Lopez-Valdes HE, Brennan KC, Ju Y(2011)Development and characterization of a microfluidic chamber incorporating fluid ports with active suction for localized chemical stimulation of brain slices.  Lab On a Chip, 11(13),2247-54
  8. Chang JC, Brennan KC, Chou (2011)Tracking monotonically advancing boundaries in image sequences using graph cuts and recursive kernel shape priors  IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, PMC2215697
  9. Chang JC, Brennan KC, Chou (2011)Tracking monotonically advancing boundaries in image sequences using graph cuts and recursuve kernel shape priors.  IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 31(5),1008-20
  10. Chang JC, Shook LL, Biag J, Nguyen EN, Toga AW, Charles AC, Brennan K(2010)Biphasic direct current shift, haemoglobin desaturation and neurovascular uncoupling in cortical spreading depression.  Brain, 133(Pt 4),996-1012
  11. Lopez-Valdes HE, Beltran-Parrazal L, Brennan KC, Charles A(2010)Bradykinin increases resensitization of purinergic receptor signaling in glioma cells.  Cancer Cell International, 1035
  12. Bates E, Nikai T, Brennan K, Fu YH, Charles A, Basbaum A, Ptacek L, Ahn (2009)Sumatriptan alleviates nitroglycerin-induced mechanical and thermal allodynia in mice.  Cephalalgia,
  13. Brennan KC, Beltran-Parrazal L, Lopez-Valdes HE, Theriot J, Toga AW, Charles A(2007)Distinct vascular conduction with cortical spreading depression.  Journal of Neurophysiology, 97(6),4143-51
  14. Brennan KC, Romero Reyes M, Lopez Valdes HE, Arnold AP, Charles A(2007)Reduced threshold for cortical spreading depression in female mice.  Annals of Neurology, 61(6),603-6
  15. Charles A, Flippen C, Romero Reyes M, Brennan K(2007)Memantine for prevention of migraine: a retrospective study of 60 cases.  Journal of Headache and Pain, The, 8(4),248-50
  16. Beltran-Parrazal L, López-Valdés HE, Brennan KC, Díaz-Muñoz M, de Vellis J, Charles AC(2006)Mitochondrial transport in processes of cortical neurons is independent of intracellular calcium.  American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology, 291(6),C1193-7
  17. Brennan KC, Jurewicz EC, Ford B, Pullman SL, Louis E(2002)Is essential tremor predominantly a kinetic or a postural tremor? A clinical and electrophysiological study.  Movement Disorders, 17(2),313-6
  18. Sakai N, Brennan K, Weiss L, Matile (1997)Toward Biomimetic Ion Channels Formed by Rigid-Rod Molecules: Length-Dependent Ion-Transport Activity of Oligo(p-Phenylene)s  Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1198726-8727

Review

  1. Digre KB, Brennan K(2012)Shedding light on photophobia  Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology,
  2. Brennan KC, Charles (2010)An update on the blood vessel in migraine.  Current Opinion in Neurology, 23(3),266-74
  3. Charles A, Brennan K(2010)The neurobiology of migraine.  Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 9799-108
  4. Charles A, Brennan (2009)Cortical spreading depression-new insights and persistent questions.  Cephalalgia, 29(10),1115-24
  5. Brennan KC, Charles (2009)Sleep and headache.  Seminars in Neurology, 29(4),406-18
  6. Matsumoto J, Saver JL, Brennan KC, Ringman JM(2005)Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke (MELAS).  Reviews in Neurological Diseases, 2(1),30-4

Book Chapter

  1. Charles A, Brennan K(2010)The neurobiology of migraine  , 9799-108
  2. Brennan KC, Toga A(2009)Intraoperative optical imaging.  ,
  3. CharlesAC, Brennan K(2008)Glial cell calcium signaling  ,
  4. Brennan KC, Charles A(2008)Mechanisms of cortical spreading depression as targets for migraine therapy  ,

Conference Proceedings

  1. Tang YT, Kim J, Lopez-Valdes H, Brennan KC, Ju Y(2010)Microfluidic Chamber with Active Suction Ports for Localized Chemical Stimulation of Brain Slices. Proceedings of IEEE 23rd International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems.  , 304-307

Editorial

  1. Brennan KC, Ahn A(2013)Unanswered questions in headache: So what is photophobia, anyway?  , 53(10),1673-4
  2. Brennan K(2011)Turn down the lights! An irritable occipital cortex in migraine without aura.  , 76(3),206-7
  3. Charles A, Brennan K(2008)A touch of increased pain: cutaneous allodynia in migraine.  , 63(2),130-2
  4. Charles A, Brennan K(2007)Sumatriptan-naproxen combination for acute migraine.  , 3(11),604-5

Abstract

  1. Brennan KC, Kaufmann D, Bates EA , Bahr S,and White H(2012)Anti-migraine properties of Sec-butyl propylacetamide (SPD): a novel valproic acid amide analogue. Annual Snowbird Neuroscience Symposium. Salt Lake City, UT.  ,
  2. Bogdanov VB, Misyura AG, Mammilov S, Multon S, Schoenen J, Brennan K(2012)Differential susceptibility and propagation of spreading depression by cortical depth. American Headache Society 54th Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA  ,
  3. Brennan KC,Chang JC, Chou T, He D, Huang H, Miura RM, Wilson PL, and Wylie (2012)Interconnected neural, vascular, and metabolic dysfunction during cortical spreading depression: a mathematical model. American Headache Society 54th Annual Scientific Meeting. Los Angeles, CA.  ,
  4. Brennan KC,Tanga YT, López-Valdésb HE,Charles A,and Ju Y(2012)Minimum conditions for the induction of cortical spreading depression American Headache Society 54th Annual Scientific Metting. Los Angeles, CA  ,
  5. KC Brennan, M.D., Theriot J, Prakash N, Toga (2012)Potentiation and sharpening of sensory maps after spreading depression: a possible mechanism for altered sensorium in migraine.  ,
  6. Brennan KC, Theriot J, Toga A, Prakash N, Ju Y(2011)Increased signal-to-noise in the sensory cortex after spreading depression: a possible mechanism for altered sensory perception in migraine. 15th Annual Congress of the International Headache Society, Berlin, Germany. Selected for Platform Presentation  ,
  7. K.C. Brennan, Bogdanov V , Chang J , Multon S , Schultz N , Zyuzin J , van den Maagdenberg Arn, Charles A, Schoenen (2010)Anisotropy of cortical spreading depression: implications for migraine. 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Headache Society. Los Angeles, CA. Selected for Platform Presentation.  ,
  8. Brennan KC, Chang J, Shook L, Biag J, Nguyen E, Toga AW, Charles AC(2009)Biphasic DC shift, hemoglobin desaturation, and neurovascular uncoupling in cortical spreading depression. 134th Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association, Baltimore MD. Selected for Platform Presentation.  ,

Other

  1. Brennan K, Digre K, Baggaley (2012)Headache- A Patient's Guide  ,

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