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Welcome New Faculty: Dr. Bruening and Dr. Doerfer

Jennifer Bruening, MD joined the MCW faculty in the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Reconstruction in August 2021.

Dr. Bruening completed her undergraduate degree and medical school at the University of Minnesota. She then went to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to complete her residency in otolaryngology-head and neck in a research track where she spent an additional year studying the impact of the immune system on HPV-associated cancers. After residency, Dr. Bruening completed a fellowship in advanced head and neck surgical oncology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, following which she completed a head and neck facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship, focusing on microvascular reconstruction. Dr. Bruening has a special interest in minimally invasive techniques and robotic assisted surgery, as well as reconstructive surgery. Her research interests include quality improvement, outcomes improvement and HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers.

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Dr. Bruening sees patients in the Froedtert and Medical College Cancer Center, (414) 805-0505.


Karl Doerfer, MD
will return to MCW and join the Division of Otology and Neuro-otologic Skull Base Surgery in August 2022.

Dr. Doerfer’s road to medicine was not traditional. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Wheaton College he toured the US and Europe as a guitar player in several musical groups. He also managed, designed, and implemented software and database solutions for an international law firm before enrolling and receiving his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Doerfer completed his otolaryngology residency at MCW followed by a Pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Children’s Wisconsin. For the past two years Dr. Doerfer has been a neurotology and lateral skull base fellow at the Michigan Ear Institute in Novi. Below is a list of Dr. Doerfer’s most recent publications.

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Dr. Doerfer’s practice at MCW will include both children and adults.

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Jennifer Bruening, MD

Assistant Professor

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Karl Doerfer, MD

Assistant Professor effective 7/1/2022