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Emily Brennan, MLIS

Evidence Synthesis Informationist

MUSC Libraries
Department of Research & Education Services
Main Library 4th Floor, Room 415 | 843-792-9275
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Emily Brennan joined the Library's Department of Research & Education Services in 2012. As the Evidence Synthesis Informationist, she collaborates with faculty, clinicians, and students on the development of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, and other synthesis projects. She is the liaison to the Department of Pediatrics residents as well as hospital nurses. As a member of MUSC Hospital's Value Institute, Emily performs literature reviews for the development of clinical pathways and hospital guidelines, and teaches a project-based evidence-based practice course for clinicians. She contributes to professional knowledge by presenting at professional conferences and publishing in academic journals.


  • MLIS Library and Information Science, University of California, Los Angeles (2007)
  • BA Communication Studies and Spanish Literature, College of Charleston (2001)

Selected Publications

  • Whitney, R., Shih, M.C., Gordis, T., Nguyen, S.A., Meyer, T.A., Brennan, E.A. Effect of Librarian Collaboration of Otolaryngology Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Quality. Journal of the Medical Library Association. [forthcoming; accepted for July 2024 issue]
  • Raymond, M. J., Ottinger, A., Rowley, M. A., Bobian, M., Dornhoffer, J., Brennan, E., & Rizk, H. G. (2024, April 1). A Scoping Review of Otologic Manifestations of Hematologic Malignancies. Otology & neurotology: official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology, 45(4), 362375. PMID: 38437804. DOI:
  • Pipaliya, R. M., Duckett, K. A., Monaghan, N. P., Miller, E. M., Young, G., Brennan, E. A., Nguyen, S. A., Soler, Z. M., & Schlosser, R. J. (2024, March). The Placebo Effect in Randomized-Controlled Trials of Medical Treatments for Chronic Rhinosinusitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, 14(3), 695710. PMID: 37985206. DOI:
  • Elmunzer, B. J., Maranki, J. L., Gmez, V., Tavakkoli, A., Sauer, B. G., Limketkai, B. N., Brennan, E. A., Attridge, E. M., Brigham, T. J., & Wang, A. Y. (2023, March 1). ACG Clinical Guideline: Diagnosis and Management of Biliary Strictures. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 118(3), 405426. PMID: 36863037. DOI:
  • Brennan, E., Ogawa, R., Thormodson, K., Von Isenburg, M. (2020, July). Introducing a health information literacy competencies map: connecting the Association of American Medical Colleges Core Entrustable Professional Activities and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Common Program Requirements to the Association of College & Research Libraries Framework. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 108(3), 420-427. DOI:
  • Graboyes, E., Kompelli, A., Neskey, D., Brennan, E., Nguyen, S., Sterba, K., . . . Day, T. (2018, November). Association of Treatment Delays with Survival for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: A Systematic Review. JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 145(2), 166-177. PMID: 30383146. DOI:

Selected Presentations

  • Ashy, C., Hutchinson, J., Bailey, E., Brennan, E., Pullen, W., Xerogeanes, J. (2023, July 27). Meta-Analysis of Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction with Quadriceps Tendon. Rapid Fire Presentation presented at Southeastern Orthopaedic Association 40th Annual Meeting.
  • Brennan, E., Alexander, N. (2023, May 17). Identifying Predatory Journal Publications: An Institutional Review. Virtual Lightning Talk presented at Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI.
  • Brennan, E., Keinath, C., Lookingbill, V., Diaz, J., Laskosky, J., (2022, October 20). Library Internships Go Virtual. Paper presented at Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA) Annual Meeting, Montgomery, AL.
  • Brennan, E., Willis, C., Kysh, L., Bogucka, R., Hinrichs, R. (2022, May 6). Developing and Validating a PubMed Infant Hedge: an MLA Pediatrics Librarians Caucus initiative. Paper presented at Medical Library Association (MLA) Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Crabtree Killen, E., Brennan, E., Davis, A. (2022, May 6). The Intersection of Research and Community Health: Using Evidence to Inform Population Health Strategy. Lightning Talk presented at Medical Library Association (MLA) Conference, New Orleans, LA.