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Dr. Jim Brennan retires this month after 39 years of service

Fri, August 4, 2017

Dr. Jim Brennan retires this month after 39 years of service

Jerry Fulks, president of WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, made the following remarks at the retirement celebration of cardiologist James A. Brennan, M.D., on Thursday, Aug. 3. We wish Dr. Brennan and his wife, Marcia, the best as he enters a new chapter in his life.


It is hard to imagine Dr. Brennan being retired, but here we are, celebrating his retirement. Dr. Brennan has been in practice for 46 years with almost 40 of those years serving the LaGrange and surrounding community. His expertise in cardiology and interventional cardiology has played an instrumental role in expanding the treatment options for patients in need of advance cardiac care.

Dr. Brennan was born in New London, Connecticut. He is a graduate of Tufts College in Medford, Mass. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1971 and completed a residency at Erie County Medical Center. He did his internship at E.J. Meyer Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., following which he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 82nd Airborne fellowship at Hershey Medical Center of Penn State University.

Dr. Brennan joined the WGHS medical staff in 1978 and at the same time began his affiliation with the Clark-Holder Clinic. Dr. Brennan served as President of the Board of Georgia Heart Clinic, served on the Board of Trustees at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, on the board of Clark-Holder Clinic, and also as a clinical assistant professor in cardiology at Emory University Hospital. He is past president of the WGMC medical staff.

In 1988, Dr. Brennan received the Ruth Duncan Award from WGMC. This award is a Humanitarian award presented by the Social Services staff and named in honor of the founder of the Social Services Department. The award recognizes the physician’s contributions to the community and to the patients. Dr. Brennan was presented the award due to his “humanitarian characteristics in his daily medical practice in the hospital and outpatient clinic.”

In 2005, WGMC was one of only 10 hospitals statewide selected to participate in a trial for elective angioplasty.  Dr. Brennan’s role in the trial was instrumental in expanding treatment options for patients in need of advanced cardiac care and helped bring Troup County residents close-to-home access to a new level of life-saving cardiac care.

In 2007, Dr. Brennan received the West Georgia Medical Center’s first Physician of the Year Award for extraordinary personal and professional contribution to patient care and the health system.

It is very fitting that Dr. Brennan’s chosen field is literally caring and tending to the hearts of his patients, for Dr. Brennan has one of the biggest hearts of anyone we know.

Thank you, Dr. Brennan, for giving your heart to your colleagues and patients through the years. We will miss you, but we are glad you will be able to enjoy some much deserved “downtime.”