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Dr Paul Brennan
BMedSci(Hons), MBBS, FRCP
Clinical Genetics
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About

Dr Brennan's interest in genetics started as a medical student in the 1980s when the medical speciality of clinical genetics was in its infancy. After a research degree studying genes in the developing heart, he completed his medical training and undertook postgraduate training in adult medicine and paediatrics before specialist training in Clinical Genetics.

Dr Brennan was appointed as an NHS Consultant in Clinical Genetics in 2002 with the Northern Genetics Service based in Newcastle upon Tyne. After opening a new satellite clinical genetics department in Middlesbrough, he was appointed to the role of Clinical Director of the Northern Genetics Service in 2008, managing a clinical and laboratory team providing genetics diagnostics for the population of North East England and North Cumbria.

Dr Brennan has been Clinical Lead for Cardiac and Endocrine Genetics for the Northern Genetics Service since 2003; he was Clinical Lead for Cancer Genetics for County Durham, Tees Valley and North Yorkshire from 2002 to 2018 and is now Clinical Lead for the whole North East region.

A particular interest is the use of new technology and novel clinical pathways to improve diagnosis and management for people living with rare inherited disease. Between 2014 and 2018 he was Clinical Programme Director for the North East & North Cumbria NHS Genomic Medicine Centre, overseeing the introduction of whole genome sequencing into routine care as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project. He is engaged in a number of collaborative research projects, all of which are focused on improving diagnosis and treatment.

Dr Brennan is a keen and popular teacher and lectures to a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate audiences in the UK and overseas. He teaches genetics for a week each year at Newcastle University's Medical School in Malaysia.

 

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Special Interests

Dr Brennan has a long experience of diagnosing and managing hereditary diseases in adults and young people. In general his specialist areas are:


A. Inherited cardiovascular disorders, for example:

  • Brugada syndrome
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Familial hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
  • Sudden unexplained death
  • Familial thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Marfan syndrome, Loeys Dietz syndrome and Meester-Loeys syndrome
  • Vascular Ehlers Danlos syndrome

B. Inherited connective tissue disorders, including

  • classical Ehlers Danlos syndrome
  • hypermobile Ehlers Danlos syndrome

C. Inherited cancer syndromes, for example:

  • Hereditary breast/ovarian cancer
  • Cowden's disease
  • Lynch syndrome
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Hereditary leiomyomatosis / renal cell carcinoma syndrome
  • Birt Hogg Dube syndrome
  • Li Fraumeni syndrome

C. Inherited endocrine syndromes, for example:

  • Familial paragangliomatosis
  • Von Hippel Lindau disease
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasis types 1 & 2 and familial medullary thyroid cancer)

Education

  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Human Genetics) Newcastle University
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Newcastle University

Professional Qualifications:

  • MRCP (Edinburgh)
  • FRCP (London)

Reviews

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

18-07-2019
He is very knowledgable about connective tissue disorders, something that is very difficult to find. He takes a lot of time to go through all history with you and explain what it might indicate. I feel like he has taken my symptoms more seriously than most doctors I have seen for this the past 15 years.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

13-07-2019
Dr Brennan was very clear in his explanation of my condition, the implications and now to manage it. He was very knowledgeable about the more cutting edge science around gut health and connection to hypermobility. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

12-07-2019
Dr Paul Brennan was understanding during consultation. I felt Dr Brennan went above and beyond for my family and myself. He reassured us everything will be fine no matter the result.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

11-07-2019
He listened. He did not judge. He explained why my symptoms are not made up. I felt very at ease and able to discuss my symptoms without feeling like a hypochondriac!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

11-07-2019
Dr Paul Brennan is, in my experience and opinion, the best consultant I have had thus far. I felt at ease through what would have been a very stressful and difficult experience had it not been for Paul's clear advice and friendly and approachable manner. Paul communicated with me regularly and in a clear and concise way that avoided some of the quite confusing medical jargon I have experienced from other consultants in the past. I feel I have been supported throughout the process of genetic testing in a way which did not dismiss my worries and concerns about my family history of cancer, and I feel that all possible routes have been taken to finding out the information I needed. I would highly recommend Dr Brennan as a fantastic consultant.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

10-07-2019
Dr Paul Brennan was extremely welcoming and made us feel at ease. He was very thorough in his background questioning taking time to probe further where necessary. After a thorough examination he took time to explain the diagnosis and condition and treatments that may be available through NHS and the private sector. I would not hesitate to recommend him to others in the Scottish region as he was very good with both myself and my son.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

12-06-2019
Our assessment was excellent Dr Brennan was very softly spoken, calming and listened to our concerns he also spoke to my son directly in the same manner, he wasn’t put off by his behaviour and explained his thought process in detail but also in simple terms. The clinic is in a great location and the service on arrival was excellent and surroundings comfortable

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

11-06-2019
A true doctor. Knowledgeable, kind, compassionate. He took the time to really listen. We need more doctors like dr Brennan in this world. Thank you x

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

10-06-2019
Excellant consultant. Fast diagnosis and was very supportive of everything that I am dealing with as a result of the Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

10-06-2019
Hugely personable and knowledgeable- Pits patients at ease, nothing was rushed and we left with hope!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

23-05-2019
I’ve been seeing the lovely Dr Brennan for the past 16 years. He has been a constant support to myself and my family. My condition has been very difficult throughout the years but Dr Brennan has never given up on me. He is such a lovely, genuine, gentle man with a wealth of knowledge. At the very beginning of my diagnosis, he was the only person that took me seriously enough to look into what was going on with me. I honestly believe that if it wasn’t for him, I might not be here now. I was walking around with a wrong diagnosis and a dilated aorta. I can safely say that my family and I owe so much to Paul. I just hope he never retires! I’d be lost without him!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

23-05-2019
I’ve been seeing the lovely Dr Brennan for the past 16 years. He has been a constant support to myself and my family. My condition has been very difficult throughout the years but Dr Brennan has never given up on me. He is such a lovely, genuine, gentle man with a wealth of knowledge. At the very beginning of my diagnosis, he was the only person that took me seriously enough to look into what was going on with me. I honestly believe that if it wasn’t for him, I might not be here now. I was walking around with a wrong diagnosis and a dilated aorta. I can safely say that my family and I owe so much to Paul. I just hope he never retires! I’d be lost without him!

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

09-05-2019
I had a private consultation with Dr Paul Brennan. He was calm, considerate, and understanding. He took the time to consider the list of symptoms I gave to him prior the the consultation, to explore differential diagnoses, which I greatly appreciate. I was offered swift genetic testing and he informed me about what the results would mean, and possible treatments. Communication outside of the consultation has been great.

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

09-05-2019
Dr Brennan was a lovely guy

BY A VERIFIED PATIENT

06-05-2019
Had a appointment for my young daughter and myself, my daughter was feeling quite nervous but that soon went as the minute we entered the room we were put at ease, the appointment was very relaxed and he listened to everything we said and he explained things clearly, he explained everything would be put in writing to me as there is a lot to take in. I would highly recommend