Faculty Profile

Nicole Turgeon, MD

Nicole A. Turgeon, MD

Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Clinical Islet Transplant Program, Emory Transplant Center

Director of Pancreas Transplantation, Emory Transplant Center

Surgical Director, Living Donor Kidney and Living Donor Pancreas Transplant Programs, Emory Transplant Center

Director, Kidney Transplant Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Telephone: 404.727.3257

Email: nturgeo@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2007


Dr. Turgeon joined the Emory faculty in 2007 from the University of Massachusetts, where she served as director of kidney and pancreas transplantation and where she received her research fellowship training, residency training, and medical degree. She completed a transplant fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

For her work in OPTN/UNOS Region 3, the National Leadership Team of the HRSA Donation and Transplant Community Collaborative named her a Regional Champion in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Turgeon initiated a protocol with Dr. Kevin Kim, an interventional radiologist at Emory, that performed a minimally-invasive islet transplant solution for patients with unstable type 1 diabetes. The next year, she initiated Emory's participation in the National Kidney Registry to quickly and efficiently find living donor matches for kidney patients waitlisted at Emory. In 2013, Dr. Turgeon participated in the second largest kidney swap in the world.


View Dr. Turgeon's publications on PubMed


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston


  • MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Class of 1996

  • General Surgery Internship, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 1996-1997

  • General Surgery Residency, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 1997-1998

  • Research Fellowship in Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 1998-2000

  • Chief Residency, General Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 2000-2003

  • Transplantation Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Hospital, 2003-2005

Honors and Awards

  • NIH Loan Repayment Program

  • Region 3 Champion, Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/UNOS Health Services and Resources Administrations (HRSA), 2010

  • Outstanding Resident Medical Educator, Student Body Committee, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 2001, 2002

  • Wyeth Ayerst Resident ACS Program, 2000

  • Resident Research Award, Association for Academic Surgery, 1999

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American Society of Transplantation: Education Committee

  • Association of Academic Surgeons

  • Clinical Islet Transplant Registry

  • Clinical Islet Transplant (CIT) Consortium: Steering Committee
  • LifeLink of Georgia: Chair, External Advisory Board Member; Executive Committee, External Advisory Board; Associate Medical Director

  • OPTN/UNOS Kidney Transplantation Committee: Region 3 Representative

Clinical Interests

  • Adult and pediatric renal transplantation

  • Pancreatic transplantation

  • Laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy

  • Outcome analysis of transplant recipients

  • Organ donation and utilization

  • Humoral rejection

  • Clinical islet cell transplantation

Research Interests

  • Clinical islet cell transplantation

  • Behavioral determinants of organ donation and utilization

  • Humoral rejection

  • Safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery in end stage renal disease patients