Richard Hinkle, MD, Honored by American College of Physicians

FORT SMITH, Ark.Richard Hinkle, MD, of Baptist Health Adult Medicine Specialists-Fort Smith, was recently honored with the American College of Physicians Arkansas Abernathy Laureate Award. 

The award honors Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research and in service to their community, their Chapter and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Hinkle was honored last month during the group’s annual meeting in Little Rock. 

“Dr. Hinkle is an experienced physician and we are honored to be able to celebrate all of the ways he’s contributed to the health of our region and the future of medicine,” said Jeff Carrier, FACHE, region president of Baptist Health-Fort Smith and Baptist Health-Van Buren. 

Baptist Health-Fort Smith held a reception for Dr. Hinkle to recognize his achievements among his peers and fellow employees. 

Dr. Hinkle has been a physician in the River Valley for 44 years and has played an active role in several physician leadership positions at Baptist Health-Fort Smith. Dr. Hinkle and his wife Jane of 40 years have one son and three grandchildren.


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