Erin Brennand, MD, MSc, FRCSC

unnamedOriginally from Edmonton, Erin Brennand completed her MD with Special Training in Research at the University of Alberta and moved to Calgary for her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology. After her five years of training, the city of Calgary felt like home and she stayed for her Urogynecology fellowship under the mentorship of Drs. Magali Robert, Colin Birch & Magnus Murphy.

Dr. Brennand started clinical practice in 2013, and came on faculty with the Cumming School of Medicine in 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. She is currently the Urogynecology/Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program Director. Dr. Brennand’s research interests include surgical trials and the pairing of administrative data with clinical primary data collection to improve the quality of research related to stress urinary incontinence and prolapse surgery. Her work has been sponsored by national (CIHR), provincial and industry grants.

Dr. Brennand completed her Masters of Science in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine under the Supervision of Dr. Hude Quan, one of Thomson-Reuter’s Most Highly Cited Researchers . Her thesis explored the impact of health system factors on the risk of requiring a revision surgery after undergoing mesh based mid-urethral sling surgery for incontinence. Dr. Brennand supervises MSc level graduate students through the Department of Community Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine and is currently accepting letters of interest from potential students in the streams of Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research.

A mother of three small children, in her (minimal) spare time she enjoys: pushing the limits of gardening in Calgary’s turbulent climate (watermelons!), as well as fermenting and canning the food she grows each summer.


  1. Brennand EA, Wu G, Houlihan S, Globerman D, Gagnon LH, Birch C , Hyakutake M, Carlson KV, Al-Shankiti H, Robert M, Lazare D, Kim-Fine S for the Calgary Women’s Pelvic Health Research Group. Two Intraoperative Techniques for Midurethral Sling Tensioning, Obstetrics & Gynecology: August 06, 2020 – Volume Publish Ahead of Print – Issue – doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004027. EARLY OPEN ACCESS AVAILABLE HERE.
  2. Brennand EA, Ugurlucan FG, Brown HW, et al. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery challenges on behalf of the Collaborative Research in Pelvic Surgery Consortium: managing complicated cases : Series 5: management of recurrent stress urinary incontinence after midurethral sling exposure. Int Urogynecol J. 2020;10.1007/s00192-020-04385-3. doi:10.1007/s00192-020-04385-3
  3. Brennand EA, Quan H. Evaluation of the Effect of Surgeon’s Operative Volume and Specialty on Likelihood of Revision After Mesh Midurethral Sling Placement. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2019; 133(6):1099-1108. OPEN ACCESS.
  4. Chung DE, Yurteri-Kaplan LA, Asatiani T, Brennand EA, Wang A, Grimes CL. Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) challenges on behalf of the collaborative research in pelvic surgery consortium (CoRPS): managing complicated cases series 2: management of urinary incontinence in a neurogenic patient. Int Urogynecol J. 2019; 30(2):193-196.
  5. Houlihan S, Kim-Fine S, Birch C, Tang S, Brennand EA. Uterosacral vault suspension (USLS) at the time of hysterectomy: laparoscopic versus vaginal approach. Int Urogynecol J. 2019;30(4):611-621
  6. Brennand EA, Kim-Fine S. Comment on “A constricted midurethral sling needs loosening within 48-72 hours”. Int Urogynecol J. 2018 Apr;29(4):611-612.
  7. Globerman D,Gagnon LH, Tang S, Brennand E, Kim-Fine SK, Robert M. A prospective study investigating the diagnostic agreement between urodynamics and dynamic cystoscopy in women presenting with mixed urinary incontinence. International Urogynecology Journal. 2018 May 29. doi: 10.1007/s00192-018-3671-x.
  8. Brennand E, Ruiz-Mirazo E, Tang S, Kim-Fine S. Urinary leakage during exercise: problematic activities, adaptive behaviors, and interest in treatment for physically active Canadian women. International Urogynecology Journal. 2017 Jul 6. doi: 10.1007/s00192-017-3409-1.
  9. Brennand EA, Tang S, Birch C, Robert M, Kim-Fine S. Early voiding dysfunction after mid-urethral sling: comparison of two management approaches. International Urogynecology Journal. doi: 10.1007/s00192-017-3302-y.
  10. Brennand EA, Tang S, Birch C, Murphy M, Ross S, Robert M; Calgary Women’s Pelvic Health Research Group. Five years after midurethral sling surgery for stress incontinence: obesity continues to have an impact on outcomes. International Urogynecology Journal. doi:10.1007/s00192-016-3161-y
  11. Gagnon LH, Tang S, Brennand E. Predictors of length of stay after urogynecological surgery at a tertiary referral center. International Urogynecology Journal. 2017; 2:267-73.
  12. Brennand EA, Robert M. Letter to the Editor regarding: “Does body mass index influence the outcome of midurethral sling procedures for stress urinary incontinence?” International Urogynecology Journal. Accepted July 19, 2017.
  13. Brennand EA, Kim-Fine S. A randomized clinical trial of how to best position retropubic slings for stress urinary incontinence: Development of a study protocol for the mid-urethral sling tensioning (MUST) trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 2016; 3:60-4. OPEN ACCESS.
  14. Kim-Fine S, Brennand EA. Surgical Simulation and Competency. Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinics of North America. 2016; 43(3):575-90
  15. Brennand EA, Banerjee RN. Letter to the Editor regarding: “Treatment patterns and survival outcomes in patients with cervical cancer complicated by complete uterine prolapse: a systematic review of literature”. International Urogynecology Journal. 2016; 27(8):1283
  16. Ross S, Tang S, Lier D, Girard I, Brennand E, Dederer L, Eliasziw M, Jacobs P, Robert M. Trans-obturator tape versus retropubic tension-free vaginal tape for stress urinary incontinence: five year safety and effectiveness outcomes following a randomised trial. International Urogynecology Journal. 2016 Jun; 27(6):879-86
  17. Geoffrion R, Suen M, Koenig N, Yong P, Brennand E, Mehra N, Larouche M, Lee T, Todd N. Teaching vaginal surgery to junior residents: Initial Validation of 3 novel procedure-specific low fideltiy models. Journal of Surgical Education. 2016 Jan-Feb; 73(1):157-61
  18. Brennand EA, Robert M, Ross S. Author’s reply re: Twelve-month outcomes following midurethral sling procedures for stress incontinence: impact of obesity. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2016; 123(8):1404
  19. Brennand EA, Tang S, Williamson T, Birch C, Murphy M, Robert M, Ross S; Calgary Women’s Pelvic Health Research Group. Twelve-month outcomes following midurethral sling procedures for stress incontinence: impact of obesity. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2015 Nov;122(12):1705-12
  20. Brennand EA. Overactive bladder treatment options for the family physician. The Canadian Journal of CME. 2015; 27(2): 35-37
  21. Brennand EA, Bhayana D, Tang S, Birch C, Murphy M, Cenaiko D, Ross S, Robert M. Anchor placement and subsequent movement in a mesh kit with self-fixating tips:  six month follow-up of a prospective cohort. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2014; 121(5):634-40.
  22. Robert M, Girard I, Brennand E, Tang S, Birch C, Murphy M, Ross S. Randomized controlled trial of small intestine submucosa mesh augmentation for anterior prolapse. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2014; 123: 288-94
  23. Vallianatos H, Brennand EA, Raine K, Stephen, Q, Petawabano B, Dannenbaum D, & Willows ND. Cree women speak – Intergenerational perspectives on weight gain in pregnancy and weight loss after pregnancy. Journal of Aboriginal Health. 2008; 4: 6-14.0
  24. Brennand EA, Ornstein M, Allen L, Lacy JA. Vaginal laceration from a high pressure water jet in a prepubescent female. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2007; 23(2):112-4.
  25. Vallianatos H, Brennand EA, Raine K, Stephen Q, Petawabano B, Dannenbaum D, Willows ND. First Nation Women’s Beliefs and Practices of Weight Gain during Pregnancy and Lactation: Implications for Women’s Health. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 2006; 38 (1): 102-119
  26. Brennand EA, Hanson J, de Gara CJ. Faculty Attitudes towards Undergraduate Medical Education. University of Alberta Health Sciences Journal. 2006; 3 (1): 9 – 15
  27. Brennand EA, Dannenbaum D, Willows ND. Pregnancy outcomes of First Nations women in relation to pregravid weight and pregnancy weight gain. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2005; 27 (10):936-44