Dr. Kelly S. (Hagan) Brauer was born and raised in the Owensboro area. Her parents are Connie (Morris) and Frank Hagan of Philpot, and a majority of her extended family still resides in eastern Daviess County. Initially she attended medical school to pursue family medicine, but was drawn to the variety of patients, conditions, treatments, and the flexibility that the allergy/immunology specialty affords.
She takes the responsibility of educating her patients very seriously, and spends a great deal of time in this effort face-to-face with patients.
Education & Experience
Dr. Brauer, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, graduated valedictorian of Owensboro Catholic High School in 1995, and then attended the University of Kentucky, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in the fall of 1998 while working as a teaching assistant in Microbiology. After briefly working in research with the UK College of Pharmacy, she stayed on in Lexington to attend UK Medical School, finishing in 2003. She met her future husband Tom while in undergraduate at UK, and upon matriculation from medical school, they moved to the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, area for an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of South Florida, All Children’s Hospital, now a Johns Hopkins affiliate. She and her family began Allergy & Immunology Fellowship training at the prestigious Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She completed her training at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, in 2008. She has been in active allergy practice here in Owensboro since completion of training in 2008.
Dr. Brauer is a Fellow of the American College of Asthma Allergy and Immunology, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. She currently serves as President of the Southeastern Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society. She is an active staff member at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and admits her own patients when necessary. She is also on courtesy staff appointment at both Methodist Hospital in Henderson and Ohio County Hospital in Hartford. She has been active in multiple clinical research studies and is an avid reader of current medical literature. She enjoys staying on the cutting edge, and is especially interested in new forms of desensitization immunotherapy, novel asthma therapies, and current trends in food allergy and testing.
Dr. Brauer is Board Certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.
Outside the Office
Dr. Brauer and her husband Tom have five (yes, five) children—Andrew, Carmen, Sam, Teddy, and Maria. She enjoys attending the kids’ sporting events and activities, fishing and canoeing, and picnics and craft times with the kids. She likes to garden, although she’s not very good at it.
Dr. Brauer is an active member of Immaculate Catholic Church, where she sings regularly at weekend masses. Tom is originally from Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area and after a career in major league baseball and government defense contracting, now has the more difficult job—he stays home with the kids.