Scholars, mentors and partners in good health

Kennestone GME faculty and staff share a passion for the practice of community medicine. Committed educators skilled in adult learning theory pursue specialties in areas like public health, healthcare administration, epidemiology and healthcare disparities.

“I’ve always loved teaching and it is a humbling honor to be involved in the development of graduate education at WellStar, especially since I was born in Kennestone Hospital.”

~ G. Waldon Garriss III
John A. Brennan
Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Integration Officer
Dr. Brennan is executive vice president and chief clinical integration officer. He will oversee clinical integration for WellStar, which includes: safety and quality, service lines, population health, Mayo Clinic Care Network, Center for Health Transformation (CHT), Graduate Medical Education and other related functions. Dr. Brennan joins WellStar from Barnabas Health in New Jersey, where he served as executive vice president and president & CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. He has held numerous roles at Barnabas Health. In addition, Dr. Brennan has 20 years of experience practicing emergency medicine in the military, community health systems and two academic medical centers. He received an MPH from Columbia University, M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine and a B.S. in biology from LeMoyne College. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California LAC and is a board certified emergency medicine physician.
Brandi Allen
Executive Director, GME
Brandi Allen is a fellowship trained healthcare administrator, with a passion for community health and health education. Her healthcare experience includes hospital operations, medical education, long term care, primary care and school based healthcare. Brandi joined WellStar in 2016.
Robert M. Lubitz
Vice President, Medical Affairs, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center
Dr. Lubitz has an extensive background in medical education and administration. He served as Chief Academic Officer for St. Vincent Health in Indiana and chair of Graduate Medical Education for the Ascension Health System in St. Louis. Dr. Lubitz joined WellStar in 2012 and has pursued a number of quality and safety initiatives.
Jim Shehy
Institutional Program Manger, Graduate Medical Education
Jim Shehy has been formative in the development of the WellStar Graduate Medical Education program. After graduating from law school Jim launched a career in the non-profit sector and served the Boy Scouts of America and Southeast Georgia Health System before joining WellStar in 2012.
Louis Lovett
Designated Institutional Official/Physician Liaison
As Dr. Lovett oversees care coordination, patient relations and utilization management. Board certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Internal Medicine, Dr. Lovett is a Fellow the American College of Physicians and the American College of chest Physicians.