Dr. Nicole Turgeon Receives Regional Champion Award

October 2010

The National Leadership Team of the Health Services and Resources Administration's (HRSA) Donation and Transplant Community Collaborative recently named Dr. Nicole Turgeon as Regional Champion for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/UNOS Region 3. Dr. Turgeon, along with the 10 other regional champions, will be recognized at the Medal of Honor Ceremony at the 6th National Donation and Transplantation Learning Congress in Texas on November 3.

LifeLink of Georgia and the Emory Transplant Center submitted Dr. Turgeon's nomination, which included letters of support from Dr. Thomas Pearson, director of Emory's renal and pancreas transplant programs, Kathy Lilly of LifeLink of Georgia, Dr. Marty Sellers of Piedmont Hospital, and Julie Lewis of the Atlanta Medical Center.

"Since her recruitment to Emory in 2007," Dr. Pearson wrote, "Dr. Turgeon has been unwavering in her commitment and passion to enhance donation and transplantation within her OPTN region."

In addition to her busy schedule as a renal and pancreas transplant surgeon, Dr. Turgeon chairs LifeLink of Georgia's Professional Committee, serves on LifeLink's External Advisory Board, and works to educate hospitals state-wide about organ donation and to increase communication among Emory's transplant programs, LifeLink of Georgia, and donor families.