Greensburg doctor honored as one of 19 across the state to receive the Kansas Health Foundation's Civic Health Hero Award.
There’s a new plaque hanging in the office of Greensburg Family Practice Chief of Staff Dr. Nizar Kibar honoring him as a recipient of the statewide Civic Health Hero Award by Kansas Health Foundation.
‘I was honored to receive the award,” Dr. Kibar said Tuesday. “As a medical provider I believe it is my civic duty to give back to the community and it’s also my pleasure.”
Kansas Health Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Coen commended Dr. Kibar and the 18 other state-wide recipients.
“The spirit of community is best exemplified by lending a helping hand, going the extra mile or taking on the roles no one else wants or thinks to do,” Coen said.
Dr. Kibar was nominated for the award by Chelsea French, executive director of the Mayflower Clinic in Wichita, for his volunteer service to the clinic which provides free medical care to Wichitans who have lost their medical insurance due to layoffs.
“Dr. Kibar has dedicated thousands of hours to the patients at Mayflower Clinic,” French said in her nominating letter. “He has donated all of his time serving any need that comes his way. He has never been paid for this. Truly a story to be told.”
Dr. Kibar, 46, who practices internal, geriatric medicine and emergency medicine, has been serving the Greensburg area since 2003, with his practice suspended by the 2007 tornado which devastated Greensburg Family Practice offices along with much of the town.
During the years of tornado recovery, Dr. Kibar, a native of Lebanon, said he continued his medical practice in Greensburg.
“I still came to Greensburg at least one day a month.” Dr. Kibar said, “I couldn’t afford losing contact with my patients and the wonderful staff at Greensburg Family Practice.”
He said he completed the love story with Greensburg when he moved back to Greensburg on Valentine’s Day 2011.
Currently, Dr. Kibar, a 1997 graduate of American University of Beirut Medical School, spends weekends at his home in Wichita where he does the volunteer service for which he is being honored.
“My work at the Mayflower Clinic is very rewarding as I am able to help patients who otherwise might not receive the medical care they need,” Dr. Kibar said.
Prior to moving to Greensburg, Dr. Kibar did his residency in internal medicine at Kansas University Medical School in Wichita, followed by a fellowship in geriatrics in Saint Louis, Mo., and six months of pain and palliative care training at the National Institute of Health in Maryland.
In addition to doing volunteer work at the Mayflower Clinic, on alternate weekends, Dr. Kibar also sets aside time to spend with his 13-year-old daughter, Eva Jo, who lives with her mother in Kansas City.
The physician credits his own mother, who travels between his home and visits to his two sisters –one in Montreal, Canada and the other in Miami, Fla.- with helping him fulfill his dream to walk in the shoes of a healer.
“She was a housewife and dedicated her life to all of us,” Dr. Kibar said.
Dr. Kibar is also civic- minded. He occasionally sponsors movies at the Twilight Theatre and on the 4th of July, Dr. Kibar sponsored lunch for seniors at the Kiowa County Senior Center.
As part of his award, Dr. Kibar received a t-shirt commemorating the honor. He is one of 19 Civic Health Heroes in Kansas.