Kidney transplant surgeon receives Loyola's Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Each year, Loyola University Health System presents its prestigious Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Award to an employee who provides inspirational service to others in the spirit of the slain civil rights leader.

Milner is director of Loyola’s Living Donors Program and is an assistant professor, Department of Urology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Before coming to Loyola, he completed fellowships in the in transplantation surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, and Loyola. Prior to that, he completed a residency in urologic surgery at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He earned his medical degree in 1999 at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.

Milner was nominated for the award by Jodi Tamen, one of the four Good Samaritan donors who stepped forward to donate a kidney to a complete stranger, helping to launch the Pay-It-Forward program in March 2010.

"Dr. Milner’s passion is not solely focused on Loyola patients. He is concerned about patients all across the country," said Tamen, whose kidney was removed at Loyola and flown to a recipient in Los Angeles in May 2010. "He has stated he will not stop his mission until all people are off the waiting list."

Others nominated for the award this year include.

??? Karen Hurd, service representative, Subspecialty Medicine, Loyola Outpatient Center??? Amy Luke, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of preventive medicine & epidemiology, Stritch??? Garry Kennebrew, third-year medical student, Stritch??? Tina Lamb, credentialing coordinator, Faculty Clinical Operations??? Cornelia Pope, patient care technician, North Riverside??? Patricia Scafuri, RN, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center

Source: Loyola University Health System

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