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David Mercer
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NAN COUTS AWARD PRESENTED TO
DR. DAVID MERCER AND HIS MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM


Albany, NY, August 1, 2017— The Oley Foundation, based at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY, is pleased to announce the issuing of the 2017 Nan Couts Award to Dr. David Mercer and his Multidisciplinary Team of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The Nan Couts Award is presented annually to a clinician practicing in the Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPEN) or a related field who has shown a willingness to go “above and beyond” to educate, empower, and improve the life of HPEN consumers.

Dr. David Mercer, professor of surgery in the Liver and Transplant Program and director of the Intestinal Rehabilitation Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), is a champion for his patients. One of Dr. Mercer’s patients, Tricia M., has shared her story as an example of his dedication. Tricia had been suffering for years with terrible pain and GI problems. She had been sent to some of the finest medical institutions and specialists in the country but, until she met Dr. Mercer, nobody was able to figure out what going. Tricia was life-flighted to UNMC/Nebraska Medicine where Dr. Mercer and his multidisciplinary team were able to get her out of the hospital in just ten days, after she had spent more than six months hospitalized at other facilities.

Dr. Mercer looked at the big picture, consulted with Tricia’s mitochondrial specialist, and then, with his team, treated her symptoms. Although a cure for Tricia has yet to be developed, her quality of life has dramatically improved. Tricia graduated high school with honors and now attends the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Tricia’s mother, Wendy, says, “There is no question that Dr. Mercer and his entire Intestinal Rehabilitation Program team were game changers and lifesavers for my daughter as we traveled the journey through intestinal failure and the unknown. They continue to be.”

This past year Dr. Mercer was awarded the UNMC’s Distinguished Scientist Award. This award recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists in the country during the past five years.

Asked what is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave him, professionally or personally, Dr. Mercer responded with a quote from Louis Pasteur: “In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.”

This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.

 

Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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