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NEWS | Oct. 7, 2016

Dermatologist earns health care hero award

59th Medical Wing Public Affairs

The San Antonio Business Journal recently honored a 59th Medical Wing dermatologist for his contributions to health care in the local community.

Col. (Dr.) Chad Hivnor, 59th Medical Specialty Squadron laser and research chief, earned the 2016 Health Care Hero award in the military medicine category.

This is the second time Hivnor has earned the award, which recognizes people who have had an impact on San Antonio through their concern for patients, their research and inventions, their management skills, and their innovative programs for employees and their services, according to the journal’s website.

For Hivnor, the award represents much more than his personal work.

“This award is indicative and reflective of the great care we give our patients and the education we provide to the next generation of military dermatologists,” he said.

Although Hivnor separated from the active-duty Air Force, he continues to work with patients and residents at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center as a Reservist.

Hivnor believes in inspiring others to excel and to treat patients with the utmost respect and honor that they deserve.

“Especially those who have served and been injured, it’s what’s most important,” he said.

“Dr. Hivnor has been treating wounded warriors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for the past nine years,” said Maj. (Dr.) Casey Bowen, 59th MDW medical laser safety officer and staff dermatologist.

“He has paved the way for the treatment of traumatic and burn scars with fractionated carbon dioxide lasers, as well as for laser hair removal procedures and Botox treatments that help ensure the proper function of prosthetic limbs,” said Bowen. “He is truly a shining star in military medicine.”

Award winners will be honored at a dinner and awards presentation Oct. 12 at Pearl Stable in San Antonio.