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Donald Bittner ’77 receives honorary degree at Spring 2013 Commencement

Captain Donald Bittner, M.D. ’77 received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa degree during the Newman University Spring and Summer Commencement ceremony May 11.  The university awards honorary degrees at each fall and spring commencement to individuals whose life and work reflect exemplary dedication to one of the university’s four Core Values. Bittner was recognized as an outstanding example of the university’s Core Value of Global Perspective.

Captain Donald Bittner, M.D. '77 is hooded by Newman University Board of Trustees Chair Linda Snook '77 during the Spring 2013 Commencement ceremony. Bittner received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his service to the people Afghanistan, Europe, California and Newman University.

Captain Donald Bittner, M.D. ’77 is hooded by Newman University Board of Trustees Chair Linda Snook ’77 during the Spring 2013 Commencement ceremony. Bittner received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his service to the people of Afghanistan, Europe, California and Newman University.

Bittner is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and is considered one of Southern California’s most respected specialists in reconstructive and microvascular surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow. Bittner, who has a long history of service in the U.S. Naval Reserves, volunteered for active duty when he learned of the Navy’s need for surgeons in Afghanistan and other war zones, and served as chief medical officer of a large medical battalion in Afghanistan.

Bittner recently served as a deputy director at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and is currently deputy surgeon for the 6th Fleet, U.S. Navy. He lives in California, where he practices orthopedic surgery and is associate professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery, Hand at the University of California at Irvine.

See photos from Newman University Commencement Spring 2013.

 

 

 

Bittner receives the honorary degree from Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.

Bittner receives the honorary degree from Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.

 

Bittner addresses the audience after receiving the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the Spring 2013 Commencement.

Bittner addresses the audience after receiving the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the Spring 2013 Commencement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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