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Monday, March 18, 2019

Fort Thomas Doctor Named Lifetime Health Care Here

The Business Courier will honor Dr. Lawrence Brennan with the 2019 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Brennan, who goes by Larry, practices with St. Elizabeth Healthcare and has been a medical oncologist for nearly 40 years.

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He has played a key role in helping build what will be the largest comprehensive cancer center in Greater Cincinnati. Construction of the $140 million center is underway on the Edgewood campus of St. Elizabeth’s flagship hospital.

In addition, Brennan has been chairman since 2012 of the Campbell County Board of Health, which he joined in 1995.

Brennan will be honored at the Health Care Heroes awards dinner 6-9 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, 151 W. Fifth St. downtown. For information or to register for the event, click here.

The Courier also will also present a special Heroes in Action award to UC Health’s trauma and emergency medicine teams at the hospital system's flagship University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The award recognizes the response that the Level I Trauma Center provided following the Sept. 6 shooting in the lobby of the Fifth Third Center on Fountain Square, which left a bank vice president and a contractor for CBRE wounded and resulted in the death of four others.

The Courier recognizes those who have made an impact on health care in our community through concern for patients, research and inventions, management skills, innovative programs for employees as well as services.

The Palliative Care Center that will be located within the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center will bear the names of Brennan and his wife, Karen Enzweiler, who are among major donors to the project.

Brennan was one of the founders of St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood and served as its medical director from 1990 to 2017 while maintaining a full-time practice in oncology.

He became a St. Elizabeth employee in September 2016 after the hospital system acquired OHC Inc.’s medical practice in Northern Kentucky, which included 10 doctors who specialized in medical or radiation oncology and four advanced practice registered nurses. The acquisition was key to St. Elizabeth’s plan to build a destination cancer center.

Brennan joined Linwood-based OHC in 1997, when it was known as Oncology Hematology Care. The Cincinnati-based practice of OHC remains one of the largest physician groups in the region.

He was in private practice from 1983 to 1996 with Riverhills Healthcare Inc. of Cincinnati, during which time he was chairman of the Internal Medicine Department at St. Elizabeth Medical center’s north unit in Covington (1986-88).

Brennan and his wife have lived in Fort Thomas for 35 years, where they raised five children.

A native of Covington, Brennan graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in 1974, and he earned a medical degree from the University of Kentucky in 1978 as a recipient of a full four-year academic scholarship.

Brennan completed an internship in 1979 and a residency in internal medicine in 1981 at the UK College of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology at UK in 1983.

He has been an adjunct assistant professor of medicine since 2012 in the University of Louisville’s Division of Hematology/Oncology.

Brennan was an adjunct assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology from 1997 to 2001.

This article originally ran in The Business Courier. 


  1. My 91 year old mother has been a patient of Dr. Brennan's for several years. He is a wonderfully kind and caring physician. The honor and distinction placed on Dr. Brennan are well deserved.

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