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“Frontline healthcare professionals and first responders are not immune to the mental or physical effects of the current pandemic…On a daily basis, these professionals operate under the most stressful of circumstances, and the Coronavirus has introduced additional stressors.”

-Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney


“Dr. Breen is a hero who brought the highest ideals of medicine to the challenging front lines of the emergency department”

-Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian


In Memory of Dr. Breen

Lorna Breen, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Lorna Breen, MD
Lorna M. Breen, MD, was a distinguished faculty member and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology and received a Master of Science in Anatomy and a Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Breen completed a combined residency in emergency medicine and internal medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, NY. She was enrolled in the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership program at Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business. Following her residency in 2004, Dr. Breen joined the Division of Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. In 2006, she became the Assistant Site Director at the Allen Hospital Emergency Department and served as Site Director since 2011. Dr. Breen epitomized the role of physician-educator. She made enduring contributions to the operations and teaching programs of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Breen served as an educator to residents, medical students, advanced practice practitioners, nurses, and staff and was beloved by her patients.


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