Jennifer Brainard, MD


Jennifer Brainard, MD

Appointed: 2000

Jennifer Brainard, MD
Department: Anatomic Pathology
Section Head
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code L25
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
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Biographical Sketch

Jennifer Ann Brainard, MD, is a Staff Pathologist in the Department of Anatomic Pathology at Cleveland Clinic's main campus. Except for the fellowship in surgical pathology and cytopathology she completed at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Dr. Brainard has spent her entire medical career in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Anatomic Pathology. After completing her residency as chief resident, Dr. Brainard went on staff first as a clinical associate staff pathologist, then as associate pathologist in this department. She is board-certified in cytopathology as well as anatomic and clinical Pathology.

Dr. Brainard's specialty interests include cytopathology, gynecologic pathology and needle aspiration.

She received her medical degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine before beginning her career at Cleveland Clinic as a resident in anatomic and clinical pathology. She is licensed to practice medicine in Ohio.

Dr. Brainard has published numerous scientific journal articles and abstracts, lectured and participated in scientific platform presentations and faculty workshops. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, both the Virginia and Ohio Societies of Pathology and the American Society of Cytopathology, among others. She is the recipient of the George C. Hoffman Award and the John Beach Hazard Distinguished Teacher Award from Cleveland Clinic’s Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She is a diplomate of anatomic and clinical Pathology, as well as the subspecialty of cytopathology of the American Board of Pathology.

Professional Highlights

  • Section Head, Cytopathology
  • Program Director, Cytopathology Fellowship

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Medical College of Virginia Hospitals
Cytopathology/Surgical Patho
Richmond, VA USA
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Anatomic/Clinical Pathology
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
Undergraduate - Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN USA


  • Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
  • Anatomic & Clinical Pathology- Cytopathology

Specialty Interests

cytopathology, gynecologic pathology, fine needle aspiration, needle aspiration

Awards & Honors

  • The John Beach Hazard Distinguished Teacher Award, 2001


  • American Society of Cytopathology
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
  • International Society of Gynecologic Pathologists
  • Cleveland Society of Pathologists
  • Ohio Society of Pathologists

Treatment & Services

Industry Relationships

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Languages Spoken

  • English
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