Lauren Brown Brenner


Social worker
Amateur baker and aspirational yogi

About me

Lauren Brown Brenner is a social worker who cares for patients admitted to the hospital with blood cancers. As part of a multidisciplinary team, she strives to empower her patients with knowledge, while working to achieve their individual goals as well as those of the medical team. Every day, her patients' experiences and resilience inspire her.

Since joining the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2012, Brenner has worked with patients receiving treatment in the breast, melanoma, thoracic oncology, endocrine surgery and oncology, and anal neoplasia clinics. She also piloted a program aimed at helping patients and their families navigate the financial issues that commonly accompany cancer treatment.

Brenner earned her master's degree in social work at the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs. She completed an internship at the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. In 2017, she completed a continuing education course in palliative care through the UCSF School of Nursing.

  • Education

    UCLA, MSW, 2012

I'm constantly reminded of the scope and depth of the human experience through the patients and families I meet. Their resilience is incredible.
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