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In Memoriam

Remembering Michael David Hnat, DO

Dr. Michael David Hnat, DO, passed away on August 8, 2023, in Dayton, Ohio. He was born October 11, 1960, in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of the late Robert and Eleanor Hnat. Every day of his life, Michael showed his family and friends how to live with love. He dedicated his whole life to being a devoted and caring husband to his wife Jill Hnat, father to their five children, and doctor.

Michael graduated from Chaney high school. He was valedictorian. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from John Carrol University. He was the first person in his family to graduate college. He attended medical school at Ohio University on a full-ride scholarship.

Michael went on to serve for more than three decades as a physician in obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine, caring for countless mothers and babies. He was always a calming and reassuring voice to women, especially those with high-risk pregnancies who needed hope and special care. He is celebrated by his colleagues at Kettering Health as someone who touched many lives and brought joy to everyone around him. He also leaves a long legacy of medical students, residents, and fellows he mentored and taught to be the best doctors they could be. He frequently went out of his way to help patients in need. Three of his daughters had babies this past year and couldn’t have imagined navigating their first pregnancies without the wisdom and love from their dad. Learn more about Dr. Hnat's life and the people who loved him most here.

A donation to the Foundation for SMFM is one way to honor a SMFM member who has died. Your gift to the Foundation is an investment in the future of maternal-fetal medicine. Each gift advances pregnancy care through research scholarships, global initiatives in patient care and scientific endeavors, grants for clinical education, and mentorship in training the next generation of clinicians and scientists involved in improving pregnancy care. Once a financial gift is received, the Foundation will send a card to the family acknowledging your gift.

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