Distinguished Alumni 2012

Dr. Sid Brevard

On April 25, 2012, Dr. Sidney Ball Brevard '79 was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus for the year.  Sid Brevard was raised in Mobile and graduated from St. Paul’s in 1979. He was the senior class president and was on the football and wrestling teams, and participated in numerous extracurricular activities, from being a charter member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honorary to the Senior Class Play. He attended Birmingham-Southern College and graduated cum laude in 1983, and was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force. He returned to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and graduated in 1987. Sid began his surgical training at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He completed his residency in general surgery at Louisiana State University in Shreveport in 1992. 

From 1992 until 1999, Sid was assigned to military bases in Portugal, Germany, and Florida. During this time, he 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 1999, Sid became a flight surgeon with the Air Force Special Operations Command. In 2001, he was appointed the Group Surgeon for the 353rd Special Operations Group. During his 4 years in special operations, he was deployed across the world in the Global War on Terrorism. This included deployments in Afghanistan, Oman, the Philippines, the African Coast, Korea, India, the Middle East and other locations. In 2002, he was named the Special Operation’s and the U.S. Air Force Global Health Officer of the Year. In 2003, Sid assumed command of the 15th Medical Operation Squadron and became the Chief Operating Officer of a clinic providing health care to 10,000 military personnel and their families at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. 

Sid returned to his surgical background in July of 2005 and started a fellowship in trauma surgery and critical care at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Just two months later, Hurricane Katrina struck and Dr. Brevard and his wife, Jennifer, an Air Force Reserve Nurse, spent the next five days in Charity Hospital taking care of patients with no electricity, no water, no toilets, and limited supplies of food and medicine, an experience that was chronicled by another St. Paul’s alumnus, Eddie Curran, in an article in the Mobile Press Register.

The entire St. Paul’s family thanks Dr. Brevard for his service to our country and setting the greatest example for our students of the difference that one person can make in our world.

Sid’s family has a long history with the School; his sister Adair was in the first graduating class of St. Paul's Episcopal School in 1974, and his sister Anne is an alumni and former intermediate school teacher. Sid’s mother, Liz was also a substitute teacher here for many years. 

In 2010, Sid and Jennifer chose the Mobile area to settle in and raise their children, Brandon and Meena, who are now 5 years old. Sid and Jennifer have been married for 14 years. He joined the surgery department at the University of South Alabama Medical Center as an Associate Professor. His current duties involve teaching medical students, training surgical residents, and providing trauma care for the citizens of the Gulf Coast. He was recognized by the graduating medical students with the “Scarlet Sash Award” which recognizes the attending physicians who had the most meaningful input into the student’s education. 

After 27 years in the military, Sid retired as a full colonel in 2010. His retirement ceremony, on May 27, was also the retirement ceremony for his wife Jennifer, a highly decorated Lt. Col. in the Air Force. During his time in the military, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation medal, and several more. Sid was also part of a surgical team that responded to the earthquake in Haiti. 

After completing his fellowship, Sid was appointed the director of the Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills. His program was responsible for preparing Air Force medical personnel to take care of casualties in war zones. In addition, he trained civilian surgeons to be trauma qualified and was selected the Attending Trauma Surgeon of the Year in 2009. While at the center, he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and was the Chief of Trauma for all US troops in Afghanistan in 2008. Under his watch, 99% of troops injured in combat survived their injuries, the highest percentage in the history of warfare.
 
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