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Past President

Brennan2007Michael W. Brennan, MD

A comprehensive ophthalmologist in Burlington, N.C., Dr. Brennan serves as past president of the Academy. He served as the Academy’s president in 2009 and on the Committee of Secretaries as secretary of state affairs from 1997 to 2004 and as the international envoy from 2004 to 2007. He has served on many Academy committees, including Membership Advisory, Awards and the Task Force on Federal Health Manpower.

A West Point graduate, Dr. Brennan later received a masters in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He served as an Army aviator in Vietnam, an instructor at West Point and was a finalist in the NASA space shuttle selection process. He received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Texas, San Antonio in 1978. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and served as chief of surgery at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He has enjoyed single-specialty group practice with his partners, staff and patients at the Alamance Eye Center in Burlington since 1986.

Dr. Brennan is a past president of the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and serves on state medical society committees. He is a member of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology and a number of international ophthalmology societies. His special interests include the development of physician leaders and the empowerment of physician organizations. He has conducted leadership programs for many Latin American, European and Middle Eastern countries. He currently directs volunteer U.S. and U.K. physicians who collaborate with the Iraqi Medical Society and the Iraqi Minister of Health to deliver continuing medical education to specialty colleagues.

Dr. Brennan and his wife, Helen, are active in professional and civic affairs in their community. They have four children and six grandchildren.