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Suzan R. Merten, MD
BLUE RIDGE CANCER CARE
Nominated for Oncologist by Suzanne Lothes

Amanda Murchison, MD
CARILION CLINIC OBSTETRICS &
GYNECOLOGY- SALEM
Nominated for Obstetrics by Amanda Culley

Dr. Murchison (right)
with Amanda Culley

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atmosphere of the Blue Ridge Cancer Care is because
of the amazing doctors and nurses. I would truly like to
honor Dr. Merten for all her support during my battle."

"I'm from a small town and had seen many doctors
before I met Dr. Murchison. One of which told me I had a
rare abnormality that they had never seen before and left
me crying in the exam room. I was scared, but after calling
around to several doctors from the North Carolina line to
Roanoke, we found Dr. Murchison, who had not
only heard of my condition, she had worked
with other women with uterine abnormalities
like mine.
I was nervous sitting in the exam room and
then the sweetest doctor with the best bedside
manner walked in. Dr. Murchison took the time
to make me feel comfortable and to explain
my condition. She even drew a diagram for my
mom and I so we could understand where my
abnormalities occurred. Dr. Murchison explained
our options as far as surgery and long-term living
with this condition.
We scheduled the surgery and from then
on, life was so much better for me. Color me
surprised when a few years later, I ended up
pregnant. Dr. Murchison has been there the whole
way through all of my pregnancies (both of which
were high-risk and one was a very traumatic
birth) and a miscarriage. She's performed
several surgical procedures that have improved
my quality of life and saved my babies in-utero.
Not only is Dr. Murchison a wonderful doctor who provides
excellent medical care, but she is an amazing, caring person
and we will be forever grateful for her."
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SUZEN R. MERTEN: COURTESY OF BLUE RIDGE CANCER CARE / AMANDA MURCHISON: COURTESY OF AMANDA CULLEY

"At age 38, my world changed as I was diagnosed with
stage 2 breast cancer. Being a wife and mother of two
young boys, I knew I needed to find a team of doctors that
I trusted and would take the time to treat me while being
honest and up front. I was blessed to have Dr. Merten, her
PA and the entire nursing staff to care for me. The most
difficult part was the lead up to my first appointment. I am
a planner and wanted to know what my course of attack
would be ASAP. As I anxiously awaited meeting Dr. Merten,
she immediately put me at ease. She has been caring and
understanding of all my questions and concerns.
During the past year, Dr. Merten has continued to
support me and provide the best
" As challenging as the care possible. As challenging as the
cancer battle can be, Dr. cancer battle can be, Dr. Merten and
Merton and her team her team always found a way to put
always found a way to a smile on my face with all their love
put a smile on my face and support. I never felt rushed and
with all their love and always felt comfortable throughout
support. " my ongoing journey. The positive


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