Dr Aaron Brennan
GP and Founder
The story so far…
Following graduation from medicine at NUI Galway, I spent several successful years working and learning in a variety of subspecialities in hospital medicine, in Ireland and abroad. These included Neurology, Cardiology, Respiratory, Endocrinology, Elderly Medicine, Renal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology and Palliative Care.
During this time, it became clear to me that my greatest interest lay not in the focus of just one speciality, but rather the vast breadth of medical practice, and in the daily challenges, joys and sorrows of working with individual patients. This prompted me to pursue specialist training in General Practice with the firm aim to become a true "General Practitioner" and "Family Doctor".
I have spent several happy and fruitful years practising in Galway and Dublin, with the last five years in Templeogue. I also have an ongoing role on the Programme Directing team of the Ballinasloe Specialist Training Scheme in General Practice, which allows me to continue my passion for lifelong learning and teaching. The scheme provides structured training for medical graduates in hospitals and general practice.
My goal is to bring the best bits of this extensive experience in a variety of practices back to Galway, to provide care for people and families rather than illnesses and diseases, and to become an integral and active part of the local community.
Life outside of general practice…
Throughout my life and career, I have been fascinated by travel, new languages, foods and cultures. I have been incredibly lucky in that my career in medicine has allowed me to work throughout Ireland, Australia and Africa. Thankfully my wife shares this passion and although our travel itineraries may have changed in recent years - from back-packing across South America to European city-breaks with our daughters - we seem to have passed on our love of travel to our girls. I also enjoy cycling, soccer, film and world cinema.
Specialist Registration with the Irish Medical Council (MCRN) 22618
- Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB BCh BAO Hons) NUI Galway, 1998
- Diploma in Obstetrics and Women's Health (DOWH), 2006
- Diploma in Child Health (DCH), 2007
- Diploma in Travel Medicine, 2010
- Member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (MRCPI)
- Member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP)
- Member of the National Association of Programme Directors (NAPD)
Areas of Special Interest
Chronic Disease Management
Given my background in general internal medicine and Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, I have a particular interest in chronic disease management. Chronic diseases are long-term, life-limiting conditions which can be treated and controlled but not cured. Common chronic conditions include hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, asthma, COPD and multimorbidity, which refers to people living with multiple ongoing medical conditions which often requires the care of several specialist doctors. My role as your GP is to coordinate your care and help you manage your condition so you can reach your potential and live the best quality of life possible.
Having spent over a year in Neurology before my GP training and as a migraine sufferer myself, I have a special interest in migraine treatment and prophylaxis. I know from personal experience that migraine treatments do not respond to a "one medication suits all" approach. I work with you to explore treatment options and find what works for you..
Rheumatology and Bone Health
I spent several years working in rheumatology and have a keen interest in both inflammatory and degenerative (osteo) arthritis. In 2009, I undertook advanced training in osteoporosis with the International Osteoporosis Foundation. I am also passionate about Bone Health and have extensive experience in joint examination and intra-articular injection techniques for joints such as the shoulder (subacromial and glenohumeral), knee, trigger finger, Trochanteric bursitis, plantar fasciitis and others.
I am also interested and experienced in viscosupplementation injections of the knee. Viscosupplementation is a medical procedure that can help to reduce pain and facilitate better knee movement for people living with osteoarthritis of the knee. Lubricating fluid is injected into the knee using an aseptic technique. More information about viscosupplementation.