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Nicole Turgeon, MD, FACS

Dell Med Directory Bio: Nicole Turgeon, MD


University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD

Brown University, BA, Biology


Residency, General Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical Center

Fellowship, Multi-Organ Abdominal Transplant Surgery, University of Wisconsin

Nicole Turgeon, MD, FACS, is a board-certified abdominal transplant surgeon and serves as the Transplant Director for the Abdominal Transplant Center, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin. She specializes in kidney and pancreas transplantation. Additionally, Dr. Turgeon is a professor and serves as the Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery for the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

Dr. Turgeon earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University and her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and a fellowship in multi-organ abdominal transplant surgery at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Turgeon currently serves as Chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery at Dell Seton Medical Center. She joined the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin to initiate and build an abdominal transplant program. In her previous role as a member of the Emory University faculty, she was an active kidney and pancreas transplant surgeon, researcher, teacher, and mentor to undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows. She served as Director of the Living Donor Program, which included the development of Emory’s nationally prominent role in the National Kidney Registry paired donor exchange program. She was also the Surgical Director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has been actively engaged in organ donation efforts and served as an Assistant Medical Director at Lifelink of Georgia Organ Procurement Organization. She has a strong commitment to serving the transplant community through the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) regional and national committee participation and has been a member of the UNOS Kidney Committee for more than 8 years, recently completing her tenure as Chair. She is currently Vice Chair of the UNOS Policy Oversight Committee and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Transplantation. She has also served as an investigator and principal investigator on numerous grants funded by the NIH and other organizations. Her academic interests include organ donation and utilization, adult and pediatric renal transplantation, pancreatic transplantation, and HIV transplantation.

Dr. Turgeon is a kidney and pancreas transplant surgeon with UT Health Austin.


  • General surgery
  • Transplantation

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery


  • Abdominal Transplant Center
    Ascension Clinical Education Center
    1400 N Interstate Hwy 35, Suite C3.400
    Austin, TX 78701
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