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Patricia L. Turner, MD

Patricia Turner, MDPatricia L. Turner, MD, FACS is the Director of the Division of Member Services at The American College of Surgeons, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Surgery at Northwestern University. For the past eight years, Dr. Turner was in full time academic practice, and was the surgery program director at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She was previously a member of the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs, and is currently a delegate to the AMA from the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the AMA Council on Medical Education.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, Dr. Turner continued her training as an intern and resident in surgery at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. She completed fellowship training in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Weill-Cornell University School of Medicine and Columbia University School of Medicine in Manhattan. 

Dr. Turner is consistently described as a superb clinician, educator, communicator, and advocate for her patients and for women and underrepresented minorities in surgery.  In addition to her clinical and research activities, she is a leading advocate for post-graduate education reform and for research in the organized medicine arena. 

Dr. Turner is increasingly involved in medical media.  Her ability to translate complex medical information into easily understandable language has endeared her to patients and audiences alike.  She provides medical expertise and commentary for health-related segments on ABC News and Good Morning America.