Meet Dr. Pennington

PenningtonThe son of a family practitioner and a school teacher, Dr. Pennington grew up in rural Mississippi.  After only three years, he graduated Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi.  He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine where he was a member of AOA honor society and President of his senior class.  Dr. Pennington spent one year in a Pathology residency, then four years in General Surgery residency at Tulane and Charity hospitals.  He served for two years as a general surgeon in the United States Air Force, including a year in Thailand.  Dr Pennington then completed a year-long fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Oschner Clinic in New Orleans.

Dr. Pennington set up solo practice in 1973 and practiced alone for twenty years, while sharing call with Dr. Oscar Grablowsky, a former fellow surgical resident at Oschner Clinic.  In the early 1980’s, the two surgeons initiated a fellowship program in colon and rectal surgery through Georgia Baptist Hospital.  In 1993, Dr. Pennington was asked to join Drs. Guy Orangio and Wayne Ambroze at Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.  Always an advocate for education, Dr. Pennington again sought to provide colon and rectal fellowship opportunities to interested, qualified surgeons.  His new partners agreed, and they subsequently achieved approval and accreditation from the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education).  For fifteen years, Dr. Pennington also organized an annual colon and rectal CME conference in Snowmass, Colorado which attracted nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers as well as participants from all over the USA.

Dr. Pennington has served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chief of the Medical Staff and Secretary of the Board of Directors at Northside Hospital as well as elected Head of the NSH Physicians Organization. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Pennington is an active member of the Medical Association of Georgia, the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of Atlanta.   In March of 2005, Dr. Pennington was honored with the Annual John McCoy, M.D. Award.  This prestigious award is bestowed by Northside Hospital upon a physician who consistently demonstrates outstanding leadership, dedication and service as exemplified by the career of Dr. John McCoy.  During the award presentation, Dr. Pennington was honored to have his friend and colleague, Dr. Donald J. Palmisano, past president of the American Medical Association, speak about his career and dedication to his patients.