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Daniel Brennan, MD, CLC, FAAP

How are star ratings for providers determined?

Star ratings are based on responses to survey questions that focus on a patient's likelihood to recommend the provider's office to family and friends as well as the provider's care, including whether the provider listened carefully, spent enough time with you, explained things in an easy-to-understand way, and seemed to know important information about your medical history. Press Ganey averages and converts all survey responses into a single star rating, with five stars being the highest.

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Accepting new patients?

  • Yes


Professional Distinctions

  • 2018 Castle-Connolly Award for Santa Barbara’s Top Pediatrician
  • 2018 Santa Barbara Newspress Readers’ Choice Best Pediatrician (Runner up)
  • 2017 Castle-Connolly Award for Santa Barbara’s Top Pediatrician
  • 2016 “Best of Santa Barbara” Santa Barbara Independent Best Pediatrician (Finalist)
  • 2016 Santa Barbara Newspress Readers’ Choice Best Pediatrician (Runner up)
  • 2015 Central Coast Medical Association Santa Barbara County Physician of the Year
  • 2015 Santa Barbara Newspress Readers’ Choice Best Pediatrician
  • 2009 Parents’ Choice Best Pediatrician
  • 2009 Santa Barbara Breastfeeding Coalition Doctor of the Year
  • 2008 Santa Barbara Newspress Readers’ Choice Best Doctor
  • 2007 Parents’ Choice Best Pediatrician (Runner up)
  • 2001 Pediatric Resident of the Year Award, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Recognized by Castle Connolly as among the nation's Top Doctors
  • Pediatric health expert, WebMD
  • Founder, Strive for 95 Coalition
  • Contributing writer, American Academy of Pediatrics patient education website,, Parenting, Baby Talk; American Baby, Pregnancy
  • Chairperson (former), Sansum Clinic Department of Pediatrics (2006-2008)
  • Board of Directors (former), Sansum Santa Barbara Medical Clinic, Inc.
  • Board of Trustees (former), Sansum Clinic
  • Grand Rounds Coordinator (former), Dept of Pediatrics, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Delegate (former), California Medical Association House of Delegates through the Santa Barbara Medical Society
  • Mentor (former), UCSB Premed Preceptor Program
  • Author (former), "Pediatric Corner" column, Goleta Valley Voice, "Pediatrics In Paradise" column, TheDailySound and
  • Medical Editor/Reviewer, AAP's book Heading Home with your Newborn, and two nutrition books, The Baby Bistro and The Toddler Bistro
  • Television medical consultant, Burn Notice and Complications (USA Television Network)

Community Involvement

  • President of Dos Pueblos Little League
  • Board Member, Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table
  • Field Committee Member, Girsh Park
  • Board of Directors/Division Coordinator (former), AYSO U5/U6 boys divisions
  • 2013 Presidio Sports Volunteer of the Month
  • Youth athletics coach for Little League, soccer and basketball (60 youth sports teams)
  • Medical Advisor/Speaker, Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP)
  • Volunteer (former), UC Santa Barbara pre-med preceptor program
  • Volunteer (former), San Marcos Health Academy
  • Speaker, San Marcos High School Career Day
  • Founder, Strive for 95 (Immunization awareness campaign)
  • Co-Medical Director (former), CHAMP (Childhood Health Awareness Mentoring Program)

Practicing since:

 2001 (23 years)

At Sansum Clinic since:

 2001 (23 years)

Training & Certification

Medical School/Graduate School

  • Albany Medical College


  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Pediatric Internship/Residency 1998-2001)


  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • Certified Lactation Counselor

Additional Information

  • Santa Barbara native, proud husband and father of three boys


  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, Central Coast Medical Association