SOURCE: International Assoc. of Who's Who

International Assoc. of Who's Who

January 04, 2016 14:00 ET

Deborah Ann Turner M.D., J.D., Is Named Professional of the Year by the International Assoc. of Who's Who

Dr. Deborah Ann Turner of Des Moines, Iowa, Recognized by the International Assoc. of Who's Who for Exemplary Achievements in the Field of Healthcare

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jan 4, 2016) - Dr. Deborah Turner is a physician at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa where she developed their program in Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Turner has over 30 years' experience as a gynecologist/oncologist. In January of 2015, she began the transition from full time medical practice to a position as Vice President of International Programs for Outreach Program, where she had previously volunteered as Medical Director.

Deborah attended Iowa State University, completing her undergraduate degree in Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies. She then attended the University of Iowa where she received her Medical Degree, followed by an Oncology Fellowship at the Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston, Texas. Additionally, Dr. Turner then went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from Drake University.

Mercy Medical Center is central Iowa's largest multi-specialty clinic system, offering an array of medical services and programs using state-of-the-art technology for diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Deborah Ann Turner specialized in gynecologic oncology at Mercy Medical Center, providing caring, compassionate, patient oriented attention to her patients. Daily performing cancer screenings and identifying disorders of the cervix, vulva, ovaries, vagina, uterus and endometrial conditions have been just a few of Dr. Turner's responsibilities as a Gynecologic Oncologist. In 2000, Dr. Turner became Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Mercy, a position in which she excelled, even as she transitioned to V.P. of International Programs at Outreach Program.

Outreach Program is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) whose focus is addressing hunger, water, medicine and education needs in developing countries. Its international work is currently centered in Tanzania, where Outreach organizes multidisciplinary medical missions twice a year, and has built two children's centers where children receive meals packaged by Outreach in the US, school uniforms, tutoring and school fee support. Outreach Program also designs and has installed water systems in many villages.

Dr. Deborah Turner's deep concern for education and social justice issues have constantly compelled her to make civil responsibility one of her top priorities. Her commitment and drive led Dr. Turner to obtain her law degree by studying nights and weekends while continuing to serve her patients and the community with her medical expertise.

Dr. Turner was nominated a "Local Legend of Medicine" by representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA-3). She was the first African-American woman asked to join a sorority at Iowa State University, as well as the first African-American certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the specialty of Gynecologic Oncology and hired as a Gynecological Oncologist at several universities; University of Nebraska, University of Iowa and Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Turner was the 2015 recipient of the Gertrude Rush Award from the National Bar Association; was recognized as "VIP Woman of the Year" by the N.A.P.W.; served on the Iowa Board of Regents and currently is the Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Iowa.

Whenever possible, Debra Ann Turner, M.D., relaxes by enjoying reading, walking, dancing and going to the movies and above all spending time with her children any chance she gets.

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