The Academy is pleased to present Michael W. Brennan, MD with the Guest of Honor Award. Selected by the president each year, this award honors individuals for significant contributions to ophthalmology and the Academy.
We recognize Dr. Brennan for all his hard work and contributions to the Academy. Dr. Brennan served as 2009 Academy president and has been the Academy’s international envoy for many years and serves on the Global Advisors Committee. Dr. Brennan has a special gift for motivating and connecting people. While secretary of state affairs (1997-2004), he helped establish the Academy Leadership Development Program, which prepared state and subspecialty society leaders and created a network of leaders who work together. These connections reach throughout the world through several subsequent international ophthalmology leadership-development programs, modeled on the Academy’s program.
A graduate of West Point, Dr. Brennan served as an Army Aviator in Vietnam. After receiving a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University, he served as an instructor at West Point and became a finalist in the NASA space-shuttle selection process.
After turning to medicine, Dr. Brennan earned 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, in San Antonio and later served as chief of surgery at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. From there he joined the Alamance Eye Center in Burlington, North Carolina, where he enjoyed single- specialty group practice with his partners, staff and patients from 1986 thru 2016. He continues to host ophthalmologists from around the world through the Academy’s Rotary Host Program.
Dr. Brennan is a past president of North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and a member of several international ophthalmology societies. His interests include developing physician leaders and empowering physician organizations. He has conducted leadership programs for many Latin American, European and Middle Eastern countries and also collaborates with the Sub-Saharan and Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology's leadership development programs. He also directs volunteer physicians who collaborate with a variety of Middle East national medical and surgical specialties to provide continuing medical education and professional development.
Dr. Brennan and his wife Helen are active in professional and civic affairs of their community. They have taught the world of ophthalmology the importance of personal connections and how to work together to achieve a goal — while having fun.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is honored to recognize Dr. Brennan as a guest of honor at AAO 2017.