Melissa M. Deer, D.O.’14

Dr. Deer received the Recent Humanitarian Service Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Simpson College in Indianola, IA, as part of the college’s annual alumni recognition reception on Oct. 17. Her many activities as a student and volunteer include raising funds for the central Iowa chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), which was inspired by her encounter with a four-year-old leukemia patient during a pediatric rotation at Blank Children¹s Hospital in Des Moines. During a 10-week campaign in 2014, which concluded in May, Deer raised more than $60,000 for LLS research efforts and was nominated as the chapter’s 2014 Woman of the Year. She is an obstetrics/gynecology resident at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

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