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Dr. Ernest Kinchen Jr. honored for a lifetime of pioneering service

A special ceremony was held today to recognize Dr. Ernest W. Kinchen Jr., a longtime Acadiana physician who was a pioneer in the medical field.

During the event, held at the Heymann Park Recreation Center, a resolution adopted by the Louisiana Legislature recognizing Kinchen and his many accomplishments was presented to the physician.

A Lafayette native, Kinchen earned a Doctor of Medicine with honors in Neuropsychiatry, Ophthalmology, and Pediatrics from Howard University in 1965 and an internship and residency in the Tulane and Charity Hospital System in New Orleans while serving as a captain in the United States Army Reserves.

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