Christiana M. Brenin

Christiana M. Brenin, MD

Primary Location:
Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

1240 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:


ABMS Certification:
Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology
Research Interests:

Focuses primarily on breast cancer, and she has participated in the establishment of clinical trials for early stage and metastatic breast cancer in selected patient populations.

Clinical Practice:
Breast Cancer in Men, Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Treatment, Cardio-Oncology

Medical Director, UVA Breast Center


Associate Professor

Dr. Brenin was born in Athens, Greece, and moved with her family to Montreal, Canada, at the age of four. She grew up in Montreal and went to college at McGill University. She subsequently moved to the United States and went to medical school at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, where she met her husband. She completed both her residency and fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Dr. Brenin started her career in a private Hematology/Oncology practice in White Plains, NY in 1998. Both she and her husband joined the University of Virginia in 2002.

Dr. Brenin specializes in the treatment of breast cancer. Her practice focuses on the treatment of patients with localized and metastatic breast cancer, with a special interest in the treatment of triple negative disease, and the impact of exercise during breast cancer treatment. From 2008-2017, Dr. Brenin served as the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Director. From 2005-2022, she was the medical director of the Emily Couric Cancer Center infusion center, and in 2022 she took on the role of Medical Director of the Breast Care Center at UVA Health . 

Dr. Brenin enjoys running, hiking, swimming, skiing, and scuba diving. She enjoys cooking for friends, and traveling to her summer cottage in Vermont. She has immediate family in Canada, New York, California and Greece.

  • America’s Most Honored Doctors 2020-2021
  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Exceptional Women in Medicine 2019-2021
  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. America’s Top Doctors® 2011-2022
  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. America’s Top Doctors for Cancer 2012-2021
  • Elected yearly to Best Doctors in America 2009-2018
  • UVA Department of Medicine - Clinical Excellence Award 2008
  • UVA Department of Medicine - Excellence in Education Award 2017


New York Medical College, 1990
Internal Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Hematology/Oncology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital