Joel Brenner, MD



Sports Medicine

Adolescent Medicine

American Board of Pediatrics



Medical School:

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo


Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters


Baylor College of Medicine (Sports Medicine)

Baylor College of Medicine (Adolescent Medicine)


Dr. Brenner is the medical director of CHKD’s sports medicine program and the director of CHKD’s sports concussion, dance medicine and running programs. He is also the director of the CSG Sports Medicine division. His most recent interest has been in developing a program of mindfulness for the young athlete. He is currently a professor of pediatrics at EVMS. Dr. Brenner attended medical school at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo and completed his pediatric residency training at EVMS. He completed fellowships in sports medicine and adolescent medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also received a master of public health at the University of Texas. Dr. Brenner is the team physician for local high schools and Norfolk State University, Governor’s School for the Arts, Todd Rosenlieb Dance and Virginia Ballet Theatre. He is the medical director for the athletic training programs in Chesapeake middle and high schools, and Virginia Beach middle and high schools. Dr. Brenner lectures locally, nationally and internationally on topics including concussions and overtraining in young athletes and sports specialization. Dr. Brenner has testified before the state and federal legislature to assist with laws protecting student-athletes with concussions. He also was an invited participant for the Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House, hosted by President Obama. Dr. Brenner is a member of the Virginia High School League Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and the past chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.

Learn More about Mindfulness with Dr. Brenner


  • Sports specialization
  • Overuse and overscheduling in youth sports
  • Concussions in youth sports
  • Sports medicine education in pediatric residents

Honors and Awards:

  • Virginia Living Top Doctor 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine “Top Doc” 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • 2012 Presidential Service Award, Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • 2011 Hampton Roads Top Doctors 2011, Sports Medicine
  • 2007 Finalist, CHKD Faculty Teaching Award



Dr. Brenner’s published research can be viewed at PubMed

Community Involvement and Memberships:

Dance company physician for Todd Rosenlieb Dance
Dance company physician for Virginia Ballet Theatre
Dance company physician for Governor's School for the Arts dance department
School physician for Governor's School for the Arts
Team physician, Kempsville High School
Team physician, Norfolk State University
Medical director, CHKD RunWalk for the Kids

Contact Info:

(757) 668-7850



Fort Norfolk Office
301 Riverview Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Landstown Office
1924 Landstown Centre Way
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Oakbrooke Office
500 Discovery Dr
Chesapeake, VA 23320



Practice Providers

Children's Specialty Group

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