Monday, October 31, 2016

Dr. Bruce Snyder Receives Two Distinct Honors

Columbia, SC – Dr. Bruce Snyder, a physician practicing in Greenville, South Carolina, was awarded the 2016 South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) Physician of the Year Award during a reception at Greenville Health System on Thursday, October 27, 2016. In addition, Rep. Todd Atwater presented Dr. Snyder the Order of the Palmetto on behalf of Gov. Nikki Haley.

“By serving in leadership roles for a variety of organizations, Dr. Snyder has demonstrated his desire for South Carolina to become a leader in health care standards and practice,” reported the South Carolina Medical Association. “Ultimately, Dr. Snyder’s goal has always been to provide the best health care possible to every patient in South Carolina. Advocates like Dr. Snyder are milestones in the long-term health of our state and he is so deserving of both of these honors.”

The SCMA Physician of the Year award is given annually to a physician who continuously gives back in their respective community and honors them for their service to the South Carolina community at large. Dr. Snyder was nominated by the Greenville County Medical Society (GCMS) and was voted on unanimously by the SCMA Board of Trustees.

The Order of the Palmetto is considered the highest civilian honor in the State of South Carolina. It recognizes a person's lifetime achievements and contributions to the State of South Carolina.

Both of these awards recognized Dr. Snyder’s long-time commitment to the South Carolina community, and most notably, for his work in our state in the prevention of obesity.

Although Dr. Snyder has been involved in a variety of projects that have benefitted our state, Dr. Snyder has recently become known as a champion for obesity prevention. Dr. Snyder has been instrumental in ScaleDown South Carolina – the state’s obesity prevention plan, he has served as chairman for the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina, and has also been a valuable player in the formation of the statewide Childhood Obesity Taskforce. Through his leadership, South Carolina has successfully been able to tackle this epidemic in our state through multiple, statewide initiatives.

Dr. Snyder is a graduate of Davidson College and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Both his general surgery internship and residency were completed at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He finished his postgraduate training in Peripheral Vascular Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed his military service as a Lt. Colonel. In addition to his medical training and practice, his dedication to the medical profession encouraged his two daughters to become physicians — one a pediatrician and the other a surgeon.

On behalf of the SCMA, GCMS, and its Board of Trustees, we congratulate Dr. Snyder for his numerous achievements, but most notably, for being a champion for obesity prevention and moving South Carolina to greater levels in that regard.

About the South Carolina Medical Association
The SCMA, comprised of nearly 6,000 physicians, was founded in 1848 and is the voice of the medical profession in South Carolina. Its purpose is to support the efforts of South Carolina physicians and to advocate for quality medical care and good health on behalf of the citizens of South Carolina, as well as to represent and serve the interests of physicians.