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Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, FAAN

Director, National Library of Medicine

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, is Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health. A leader in biomedical informatics and data science research, NLM also oversees a vast literature resources spanning 10 centuries, that includes print and electronic resources used billions of times each year by millions of people worldwide.

Dr. Brennan has positioned NLM as an international hub of data science. NLM’s extensive data and information resources accelerate discovery, engage with new users, and advance the workforce for a data-driven future.


Dr. Brennan has a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Brennan is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine, holds fellowships in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.