George W. Shannon, M.D, F.A.A.F.P., was born in Pennsylvania. He graduated magna cum laude from Saint Francis College and received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. He did an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He served in the U.S. Public Health Service in Tennessee. Following that, he became the founding director of the University of Tennessee Family Medicine Residency Program in Jackson. In 1982, he assumed the position of Director of Medical Education at The Medical Center in Columbus. In that capacity he was responsible for undergraduate, graduate and post graduate medical education at that institution. Six years later, he opened a solo practice in Family Medicine in Columbus. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. He has recertified in Family Medicine by exam four times and is an active candidate for Maintenance of Certification.
He has received outstanding service commendations from the U.S. Public Health Service, the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, the Tennessee Medical Association and the Columbus Hospice, among others.
While directing the Jackson, Tennessee residency program, Dr. Shannon was an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. He was formerly an Associate Dean for both the Emory University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) while Director of Medical Education from 1982 to 1988. He has held clinical appointments in the Department of Family Medicine at MCG and Mercer. He is a former President of the Georgia Affiliate of the American Heart Association. Dr. Shannon served as President of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Academy. He has been editor of the GAFP Journal and served on the Education Committee. He has chaired the Practice Management Committee and now serves as the President of the Foundation of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.
He has been elected and re-elected as a Delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates. He served as a member of the Commission on Continuing Medical Education for the American Academy of Family Physicians and served as the inaugural chair for the Commission on Continuing Professional Development, combining the old COCME and the Committee on Scientific Program.
He is Medical Director for the Miss Georgia Pageant. He was Chairman and Director of the Intensive Care Units at Doctor's Hospital. Dr. Shannon was Medical Director of United Hospice, Inc. of Columbus and served on the Board of Columbus Hospice. He was selected as the Family Physician of the Year for 1997 by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and the Medical Association of Georgia. He is a member of the Primary Care Physician Advisory Board for Glaxo SmithKline.
Dr. Shannon has been selected as the first delegate for the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians to the Medical Association of Georgia Congress of Delegates. He chaired the Medical Education and served on Telecommunications Committees of the Medical Association of Georgia. He was an inaugural member on the Board of the Georgia Primary Care Network. He is a former president of the Physicians Group, Inc., a 150 member IPA in Columbus. He has served on the board of the Primary Care Network of Columbus and the Quality Health Partners, Inc., two collaborations between business and physicians. He was a founding partner of Horizon Physician Network (HPN), Inc. and Horizons Diagnostics, L.L.C. He has served on the Board of HPN and Horizons Diagnostics, L.L.C.