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Mobile, AL— Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed new members to serve on  two boards of the State Health Planning and Development Agency. Mobile’s own  Dr. Thomas Bender III is among those chosen to serve on the State Health  Coordinating Council. Of the appointees, only one-third was appointed for a one  year term, one-third for a two year term and a select few for the three year term. Dr. Bender was one of the few selected for the full three year term.

After graduating from Murphy High School in 1988 with honors, Dr. Bender  received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy from the  Honorable Sonny Callahan, Senator Howell Heflin, and Senator Richard Shelby.  He graduated from the Air Force Academy with a degree in electrical engineering in  1992 and was one of eleven cadets selected to attend medical school. He graduated  from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1996 and subsequently completed his  internship in General Surgery at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS.

His first assignment was at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL as a staff  member in Family Practice until 2001 when he began his dermatology  residency at Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in dermatology in 2004 and was assigned to Eglin AFB until he was honorably  discharged in October 2008. He began working part time in Mobile at the  end of 2008 and moved into his current clinic in March of 2009.

Dr. Bender heads the Gulf Coast Dermatology Centre, a full service clinic located  on the Providence Hospital campus in Mobile, Alabama, offering comprehensive  care of the skin. Dr. Bender specializes in the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of  skin cancer, and the treatment of acne and psoriasis. He is an expert in Photodynamic  Therapy and speaks at numerous conferences across the country on its proper usage.