William W. Brien

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William Warren Brien
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72nd Mayor of Beverly Hills
In office
March, 2012 – 2013
Preceded by Barry Brucker
Succeeded by John A. Mirisch
Personal details
Born (1957-11-30) November 30, 1957 (age 59)
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Connie Agnew
Relations Earl Warren (grandfather)
Children Willie Jr., Brent, Kelly and Ashley
Alma mater University of Southern California
UCLA School of Medicine
Profession Orthopedic surgeon

William 'Willie' Warren Brien is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center and past Chief of Staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.[1] He was elected as a Council Member of the City of Beverly Hills in 2009 and became Mayor of Beverly Hills in March, 2012.[2]


Brien, was elected to the Beverly Hills City Council in 2009. Prior to being elected to the council, he served on the Recreation and Parks Commission and the Beverly Hills Board of Education.[3]

Brien received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Los Angeles County/USC School of Medicine.[1] A lifelong Beverly Hills resident, Dr. Brien joined the Cedars-Sinai medical team in 1991. Dr. Brien currently serves on the California Health Policy and Data Advisory Commission, the California Orthopaedic Association Board of Directors and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.[1]

Board certified in orthopedic surgery and as a medical examiner, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Rancho Los Amigos Research Award, the Philip D. Wilson Research Award at Cornell University, and the Otto Aufranc Research Award from the Hip Society. Through his research efforts, he seeks to improve surgical treatment of femur fractures as well as of hip and knee replacements. He has presented nearly 100 scientific papers and exhibits and has authored numerous articles and abstracts.[1]

Brien was President of the Beverly Hills Board of Education from 1999 to 2003. In 1998, he was appointed to the Recreation and Parks Commission, later serving as the vice chairperson. He also has served as president of the Beverly Hills Little League and the Beverly Hills Optimist Club. He was an assistant commissioner for AYSO Region 76, a member of the Southern California chapter of the Arthritis Foundation’s board of directors, and is active in the United Jewish Fund.


In August 2010, the Beverly Hills City Council paid tribute to Senator Thomas Kuchel on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Thomas' widow Betty Kuchel and daughter Karen Kuchel accepted a proclamation from Councilman Brien at the August 17th council meeting.


Chief Justice Earl Warren.

Brien is the grandson of Chief Justice Earl Warren, former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and a former governor of California. Willie Brien was born to Nina ("Honey Bear") Warren Brien, the Chief Justice's youngest daughter and Stuart Brien, M.D., a Beverly Hills obstetrician and gynecologist.

Willie and his wife, Connie Agnew, also a physician, have four children named Willie Jr., Brent, Kelly and Ashley who attended Beverly Hills schools. Willie Jr. graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013, Brent graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and is also currently attending Minnesota Law School, Kelly is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Ashley began Duke University in the Fall of 2012.


  1. ^ a b c d "William Warren Brien, MD - Cedars-Sinai". Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Cunningham, Marie (2012-03-21). "Dr. William Brien Installed as Next Beverly Hills Mayor". Patch Network. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  3. ^ "William W. Brien M.D.". Retrieved 5 February 2013. 

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