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Dr. Sidney B. Brevard, associate professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine, recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s Alumni Luncheon.
Dr. Brevard, who was raised in Mobile and graduated from St. Paul’s in 1979, was recognized for his professional accomplishments and civic leadership. He currently serves as a trauma surgeon in the Level I Trauma Center at the USA Medical Center.
Dr. Brevard served in the United States Air Force for 27 years. He was deployed to Afghanistan twice, in 2002 and 2008. In 2008, he served as chief of trauma for all United States Forces in Afghanistan. Under his watch, 99 percent of troops injured in combat survived their injuries, the highest percentage in the history of warfare.
While in the Air Force, Dr. Brevard was deployed to Africa with United Nations troops in response to the genocide in Rwanda, cared for troops injured in the "Black Hawk Down" situation, and treated victims from the ethnic war in the Balkans. In 2002, he was named the Special Operation's and the U.S. Air Force Global Health Officer of the Year. In 2003, he assumed command of the 15th Medical Operation Squadron and became the chief operating officer of a clinic providing healthcare to 10,000 military personnel and their families at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.
Prior to his appointment at USA, Dr. Brevard was director of the Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) in Baltimore.
Dr. Brevard earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala., and his medical degree from USA. In addition, he received his master of public health degree from the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, La.
Dr. Brevard started his general surgery residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and completed his residency at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, La. In addition, he completed a surgical critical care/trauma fellowship in trauma and critical care at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans.
During his military service, Dr. Brevard was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation medal, among others.
Dr. Brevard was among faculty recognized by medical students at the USA College of Medicine Honors Convocation May 11, 2012, with a red sash to be worn over his academic regalia. The sash recognizes attending physicians who had the most meaningful impact on students’ medical education.
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