May 21, 2009
09-100

Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

New Physician Hired for Student Health Center

VALDOSTA--President Patrick J. Schloss announces the hiring of Dr. Edwin L. Hiatt, as director and physician for the Student Health Center effective August 1.

In this position, Hiatt is directly responsible for managing the health center’s daily operations and providing primary medical care to students.

“The search committee conducted an extensive search and Dr. Hiatt was selected from an impressive pool of candidates,” said Schloss. “He is highly respected within the medical community. I applaud the health center staff for their contributions to the search and their continued dedication and concern for the health of our students.”

Hiatt earned a Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed one year of pathology residency training at General Rose Memorial Hospital, Denver, Colo. He is a board certified family practitioner and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Hiatt has a family connection to Valdosta State, his three daughters attended the university and Hiatt himself has taken classes on occasion.

“I am extremely pleased to become a part of VSU. I have always thought that someday I would like to be the college physician for VSU,” Hiatt said. “I welcome the opportunity and I am looking forward to working with the excellent staff of exceptionally talented, dedicated, and hardworking professionals to deliver the best possible, student-centered medical care in a beautiful state of the art facility.”

Hiatt is currently a physician with the Valdosta Veterans Affairs Clinic and under his supervision the clinic has expanded its staff and services. He has extensive family practice experience, served as a medical officer in the United States Air Force, and as a physician and administrator with the U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service. He has lived in Valdosta and practiced medicine here for many years.

In January, the Student Health Center relocated to a new 27,000 square-foot facility that contains 18 exam rooms, three nursing stations, a pharmacy, clinical lab, and radiology suite.