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Building a legacy

The Hinchey name is synonymous with health and service

June 2014

by Tina Luther

William Hinchey, M.D.

Dr. Hinchey received the School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.
Family and service are at the heart of William Hinchey, M.D., class of ’78. With his father, John, and son, John, also practicing medicine and contributing both time and talent to community organizations, the Hinchey name is well known throughout Texas.

Dr. Hinchey is a partner with Pathology Associates of San Antonio and is the laboratory medical director for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital’s Westover Hills and Alamo Heights campuses. He also is an assistant clinical professor of pathology in the School of Medicine.

"While he has contributed through a variety of teaching and literary presentations, I feel that his greatest contribution to the profession is the willingness to sit at the head of the table," said classmate Michael W. Brennan, M.D., ’78.

Among his many hallmarks, Dr. Hinchey has served as president of the Texas Medical Association and in numerous roles with the Bexar County Medical Society and the San Antonio Medical Foundation Board of Trustees. He has also been a driving force among national and federal legislators by advocating appropriate funding of both medical and graduate medical education in Texas, prompt pay legislation, improvements to the Texas Medicaid program and other issues.

Medicine aside, Dr. Hinchey’s local community has benefited from his volunteer work. He has served with the Texas Cavaliers, the Order of the Alamo and St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church.

Dr. Hinchey said his heart has never left the Health Science Center. He has actively participated in the School of Medicine’s Alumni Association since its formative years and has spearheaded reunions and activities for his class. In 2013, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition for his service and dedication.

"It is so important to me to remain connected to the School of Medicine Alumni Association," said Dr. Hinchey. "It is a joy for me to give back to the Health Science Center that has given me and my family so much."

Following in his footsteps, his son, John Hinchey ’07, serves as a class agent for his fellow graduates.

"Like grandfather and father, this is an example of legacy," said Dr. Brennan. "Expect another Dr. Hinchey to follow."

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