Resident recognized for ‘Epic’ commitment to patient-centred care

Congratulations to Dr. Heather Emmerton-Coughlin, Department of Surgery, the 2015 recipient of the Dr. John D. Brown Memorial Resident Award.

Dr. Emmerton-Coughlin has been described as a mentor and role model for future surgeons. In her work, she has influenced numerous medical students, her peers, patients and even mentors to strive to be exceptional patient advocates with compassion and skill.

She cares deeply about her patients, and is often the first to go above and beyond to ensure the highest degree of professionalism for each patient. In doing so, she epitomizes the values that Dr. Brown held in such high esteem.

In a letter supporting her award nomination, the Allens, the family of one of Dr. Emmerton-Coughlin’s patients said “We would describe Heather’s patient-centred care or more accurately patient/family-centred care as ‘Epic’ in the true historical meaning of heroic. For many years to come, when we talk of our extended hospital experience and Heather’s devotion to medicine and her patients, the conversations will be peppered with thoughts of genuine human affection, respect, admiration, and unimaginable gratitude.”

Dr. Emmerton-Coughlin will be presented with the award at the School’s Celebration of Excellence event on May 20.